TGIF!

Weekend plans? I’m in the mood to do something Christmas-y but there’s not a whole lot to do in this tiny city so maybe a trip down to Austin is in my future?

I do know that I am in no mood to cook tonight and if you are feeling the same way, I’ve got a great solution. Quick, easy, and so delicious! I always forget how much I love pork chops until I make them. I don’t really want to admit this, but I may have made these while my husband was at work and then I may have hid the leftovers in the back of the fridge so I had them all to myself.

Oops.

I’m still loving the Smithfield All Natural Pork, especially these bone in chops! They are so thick and cook up perfectly and they are just delicious.

On top of that, I love that Smithfield never adds steroids, hormones, or artificial ingredients to their products. They proudly raise all their animals in the US and meetĀ theĀ USDA Process Verified standard.

They also provide local jobs to community members, support both local and national causes, and partner with regional farm families all over the country.

These chops are so delicious. You already know pork and apple go great together and you definitely know that bacon goes with everything – so I’m sure you understand how fantastic these were.

It’s all cooked in one skillet – first the bacon, then the chops in the bacon fat, and the the glaze. Let it bubble until it’s nice and thick and then serve it all over rice (my number 1 choice but we’re out! How do you run out of rice?!), mashed potatoes, or quinoa.

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Pork Chops with Cider Bacon Glaze

Ingredients

2 sliced bacon, diced
1 pound Smithfield All Natural Bone In Pork Chops
salt and pepper
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup apple cider
1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook diced bacon over medium-high until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Season the Smithfield All Natural Bone In Pork Chops with salt and pepper. Put them into the same pan, in the bacon fat and cook for about 6 minutes. Flip and cook another 5 minutes, or until the pork reaches 145F. Remove to a plate.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add onion to the same pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in apple cider and chicken broth, scraping the bottom to get all the bits. Add pork chops to the mixture and bring to a boil. Cover, lower to a simmer, and cook until the glaze has thickened, 3 - 4 minutes.
  4. To serve, sprinkle the bacon over the pork chops and pour extra glaze on top.
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