Early Autumn Smoked Pork Chops


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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup strawberry jelly

  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch ground paprika

  • 1 ½ pounds bone-in pork chops


  1. 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.

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

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

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

330 Calories
12g Fat
41g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 3137mg 136%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 511mg 11%

* 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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