Virgil's "Top Secret" Pork Chop Marinade


This is my father-in-law Virgil's famous "top secret" pork chop marinade with apple cider vinegar that also works on beef and chicken. He developed it with his brother. "Top secret" means that he shared it with everyone for the last 20 years (even my brother, who is no relation to Virgil), but he would never share it with me until recently. I gave him so much grief about it that he finally shared it with me. I know what you're thinking: "Virgil didn't share it with you because he didn't want it blabbed on the internet." Nope. He only did that to pester me. This recipe makes enough marinade for eight chops.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
about 1 1/2 cups


  • cup Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 5 drops hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®)


  1. Whisk Worcestershire sauce, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce together in a bowl.

To Use:

Place 8 pork chops into a large glass baking dish. Pour marinade over top and turn chops to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight. Cook chops using desired method.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
14g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 827mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 209mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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