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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Eagle Scout Apple Cider Pork Chops

I had a guest chef in the kitchen with me over the weekend.  I had my very own Eagle Scout that cooked outside in a dutch oven. It was a great experience.  If you don't have your own Eagle/Boy Scout or a dutch oven you could make this recipe in the oven. 

This is the finished product.  It was really good and didn't take as long as I had thought.  I thought cooking over coals it would take several hours but it didn't. 
You can use thiner pork chops or even more pork chops whatever your needs are.
The rain really messed up our plans.  Getting the coals ready.
Adding a little paper to get the fire started.

Smoking a little.
Starting the prep while the coals get ready.  Start with 1 cup flour.  We are going to put this in a zip lock bag to coat the chops.
2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
Mix that up in the bag.
Put the chops in to coat.
I was the assistant and cup up about 3 Granny Smith apples.  You can put more or less apples.
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup raisins
Put the apples, raisins, cranberries in another zip lock bag.
Add 2 cups brown sugar.
Mix that up well.
2 cups apple cider
Line the dutch oven with foil for easier clean up.  Add 6 Tablespoons of butter to the oven.
The coals are ready to time to get cooking.  I was informed that you put twice as many coals on the lid as you put on bottom.
We are letting the butter melt right now.
Got this handy dandy tool for lifting the lid.
Our view while we cook.
Lift the lid to check.
Butter is melting

See it is all melted.
Put the chops in the butter to brown.
We are going to cook them on this size for a few minutes.
Place the cover back on.
Time to check them.
Turning them to get the other side brown.
Cover back to get the second side brown.
Now they are getting brown but not as brown if you were cooking in a skillet on the stove.
Time to add the other ingredients.  The 2 cups apple cider,
The fruit and brown sugar.
It is colorful.  Cover again and let cook for 15-20 minutes or so.
It is done.  You can check your pork chops to make sure they are cooked all the way through. 
Now it is time to eat.  It was a great meal.  We added some fresh veggies and we had a nice meal.  We want to thank Jackson for bringing his dutch oven and cooking for us.  And I also want to thank him for allowing me to share this on my blog.

Apple Cider Pork Chops Recipe

1 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pork chops ever how many you need
6 Tablespoons butter
Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced.  Use as many as you want.
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups apple cider

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