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Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Goode Way

Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day is almost here. Now I know this isn’t the most popular holiday, but it’s a day that a lot of us have to celebrate. I don’t dislike Valentine’s Day because I celebrate it in my own way.

In my opinion, you should do what you want for Valentine’s Day. It’s not about living up to that red and pink, sappy, expectation. It’s a day about love, plain and simple as that.

My favorite way to celebrate V-Day is to cook a big meal for my wife. I like to prepare something special every year for her, like “Texas Bourbon” Brined Pork Chops. I’m a firm believer that the way to a person’s heart is through food. My wife and I like to keep it simple on Valentine’s Day: Good food, cold beers, and our each other’s company.  If you’re still looking for the perfect meal to grill for your Valentine next Thursday, then try this pork chop recipe:

“Texas Bourbon” Brined Pork Chops

 Ingredients:

  • 4 thick cut pork rip chops
  • 1 bottle of Goode Company Game Marinade

Brine

  • ¼ cup Garrison Bros. Texas Bourbon Whiskey (if you can’t find it, just substitute a premium bourbon)
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorn

Directions:

  • Combine the bourbon, salt, brown sugar, garlic, and peppercorns in a large pot, with 1 cup of water. Heat on stovetop to dissolve sugar and salt. Cool to room temperature. Once cooled, add the remaining 3 cups of cold water and stir to mix well.

Pork preparation:

  • Rinse pork chops well, and pat dry with paper towels. Place pork chops into a re-sealable plastic bag and add brine. Brine for at least 4 hours and up to overnight (the longer, the better).

Grilling Directions:

Fire – medium direct, two zones

  • When fire is ready, pour Goode Company Game Marinade into a saucepot with lid and slightly warm over grill until needed.
  • Place the pork chops onto the hot, oiled grill and brown on both sides until slightly firm to the touch. The internal temperature should be 160°F on instant read thermometer when placed sideways into the chop.
  • In the last few minutes of cooking, use a long handled basting brush to glaze the chops with marinade. Wait until almost done grilling before adding to keep the sugars from burning.
  • Serve – with a napkin, of course.

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all, and remember, it’s not that bad!

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