We always have our freezer full of a wide variety of meats. Larry pulls stuff out and I never have any idea what he is going to pull out at the time, and then he lets me have free reign on how I want to cook and prepare things. This time, he pulled out some pork chops. Once I know what I am cooking, all I need to do from there is figure out how to cook it. That’s when I start checking out what’s in my library to come up with something yummy and most often different. This time the pork chops were prepared Southwestern style. I LOVE the big, bold flavors of the Southwest. Southwestern cooking is one of my favorite ways to cook. I made chitpotle-peanut butter BBQ sauce for the pork. It is a Southwestern sauce that is like an Asian satay sauce. This sauce is very versatile and will also go very well with chicken or shrimp, or even just used as a sauce for vegetables too, if you like. I like cooking themed meals whenever I can. So, the Southwestern pork chops had a Southwestern sweet potato salad and corn on the cob to go with it, as well as a very smooth, fruity, velvety malbec. Simple, yet delicious.
Like most of my recipes, this one is made from simple, everyday items we all have in our pantries. More so than not, simple is best. At least for me, and especially when the temperatures and the mercury starts to rise. I don’t want to be chained to my stove when I can be enjoying life outside.
Chipotle-Peanut Butter BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky is fine
4 chipotle chiles, with sauce
1 TBSP Tabasco sauce, optional and to your taste
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP sherry wine vinegar
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1/2 cup orange juice
1 TBSP dried onion
1-1/2 TBSP garlic
Put everything in a food processor and blend until you have a thick, creamy sauce.
Once this simple sauce is made, you can use it to marinate your favorite meats or as a dip for your vegetables. I used it as a marinade for my pork chops. I let them marinate for about 4 hours before grilling them up. Once again, grilling is best for this recipe. The fire from the grill accompanies the “fire” in the sauce perfectly. Reserve some for the sauce for topping the meat once it is grilled too.
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.