Marinated Pork Chops

Ever since I bought two packages of pork chops on sale at Price Chopper, I have been meaning to make this recipe (ok, I make it sound like I bought them forever ago, but it was really just 2ish weeks ago).  I finally made it last night and it turned out quite well.  I have been slacking on meal-planning this week (ie. I haven’t been grocery shopping since I stocked up on meat products two weeks ago), and so I’ve been trying to find recipes involving ingredients we already have at home (that’s not bad, when you’re on a strict budget, thanks to Mr. Dave Ramsey).  The only thing I had to buy for this recipe was cocktail sauce, and I have to admit was a little worried.  I’m not a fan of cocktail sauce, so why on earth would I make a meal containing it?  I figured that the flavours of the other ingredients would block it a bit, and I was right.  This is titled “Mistakenly Zesty Pork Chops” by the person that submitted it to allrecipes.com, however I didn’t really notice a “zest.”  I think the ketchup cancelled out a zest, and I didn’t even use that much ketchup–probably half of what the recipe calls for, because I ran out.  It was also a bit on the sweet side–there was brown sugar in the first marinade as well as the second, next time I would perhaps cut a bit out.  I also tweaked it a bit (aka omitted the water from the first marinade and didn’t boil it first). That all being said, I still enjoyed it, and my husband gobbled up one and a half chops.  I paired it with corn – healthy, I know!

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Ingredients:
-1cu soy sauce
-3/4cu water (I omitted)
-1/2cu brown sugar
-1tbsp honey
-1 dash lemon juice
-1cu ketchup (I probably only used 1/4 or 1/2cu)
-1/2cu cocktail sauce
-1/4cu brown sugar
-2tbsp water
-1.5tsp ground dry mustard (I just now at this moment realized I only used 1/2tsp…oops)

Directions:
-In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the soy sauce, 3/4cu water, 1/2cu brown sugar, honey, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and cool (I didn’t do this, I just mixed them in a bowl, and omitted the water)
-Place the pork chops in a large, resealable plastic bag. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the bag, seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours (I marinated for 24hrs — longer is better, my friends!!)
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Arrange the pork chops in a baking dish, cover, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven
-In a bowl, whisk the ketchup, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, water, and mustard. Pour over the pork chops, and continue baking 30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 145 degrees

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