A savory main dish for fall, grilled marinated pork chops smoked in fall leaves. Goes well with rice and biscuits.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Combine ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, strawberry jelly, horseradish, tomato paste, butter, oil, vinegar, salt, black pepper, and paprika together in a saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until marinade is smooth, about 5 minutes.

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  • Place pork chops in a bowl; add marinade. Marinate pork chops in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  • Remove pork chops from marinade, reserving the extra marinade.

  • Light charcoals in the grill and add several bags of fall leaves throughout getting the coals ready for grilling.

  • Place pork chops on the grill when the coals are about halfway ashed over. Baste pork chops with marinade and flip pork chops. Cover grill with lid so smoke from the leaves can permeate the pork chops. Cook until pork is slightly pink in the center, 20 to 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

The leaves lend a great flavor to the pork chops and help get rid of the piles of leaves in your yard! For extra good outdoors-y flavor, add a cedar branch or two to the fire.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

330 calories; 11.9 g total fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 3137 mg sodium. 41 g carbohydrates; 16.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2015
We really liked this recipe. I didn't notice the bit about the autumn leaves until just before I was getting ready to grill the chops so I held off while I soaked some hickory chips for my grill. The leaves are not in the ingredients! And in SoCal we do not have dried autumn leaves this time of year (July)! This was really good. Rather than using the salt pepper and paprika I used my favorite blend of Papa's Seasoning from this site. Oh and the butter should be maybe added at grilling time because it just hardened as soon as I put it in the cold catsup when I made the marinade. We use a gas grill so I will never use the autumn leaves but I bet it would make a yummy aroma! Thanks Virtual_Cook! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2015
We really liked this recipe. I didn't notice the bit about the autumn leaves until just before I was getting ready to grill the chops so I held off while I soaked some hickory chips for my grill. The leaves are not in the ingredients! And in SoCal we do not have dried autumn leaves this time of year (July)! This was really good. Rather than using the salt pepper and paprika I used my favorite blend of Papa's Seasoning from this site. Oh and the butter should be maybe added at grilling time because it just hardened as soon as I put it in the cold catsup when I made the marinade. We use a gas grill so I will never use the autumn leaves but I bet it would make a yummy aroma! Thanks Virtual_Cook! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2015
We really liked this recipe. I didn't notice the bit about the autumn leaves until just before I was getting ready to grill the chops so I held off while I soaked some hickory chips for my grill. The leaves are not in the ingredients! And in SoCal we do not have dried autumn leaves this time of year (July)! This was really good. Rather than using the salt pepper and paprika I used my favorite blend of Papa's Seasoning from this site. Oh and the butter should be maybe added at grilling time because it just hardened as soon as I put it in the cold catsup when I made the marinade. We use a gas grill so I will never use the autumn leaves but I bet it would make a yummy aroma! Thanks Virtual_Cook! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2017
Made this for Dinner last night. I did not have the Horseradish but decided to go ahead with it and my family loved it.. I also did not add leaves to my grill as i just used charcoal.. Thanks for the recipe.. We will defiantly be having these again soon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2018
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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2015
Here in Ohio we have no fall leaves available in July so I simply skipped the leaves and grilled these. I made 1/4 of the amount of marinade listed for two large pork chops. I thought that was plenty and even reserved some to baste on while grilling. The full amount of marinade is not necessary in my opinion. I marinated these for 6-8 hours. Hubs said he liked this but I thought the soy sauce flavor was too dominant. There are others we prefer so I probably won t be making this again but it is always fun to try something new. Read More