Last week, I actually tried to “plan out” a week of menus. Something I don’t ever do. I’ve always liked the idea of making whatever sounds good opposed to making something I have to make because I bought the groceries. And during the winter, it works for me since I seem to be at the grocery store just about everyday anyway because of my clients. But this time of year, I don’t want to go to the grocery store. I want to play outside with my boys. Too many nights, I’ve been caught with nothing to make for dinner. So last Sunday, I planned 4 dinners for the week. Still giving us the flexibility of going out if we wanted but I knew I had some go to items when the dinner clock struck.
And when I say I planned 4 meals, I mean that in the loosest sense. I bought stuff to do breakfast for dinner one night, I bought a lb of ground beef, a ton of fruit and vegetables and two pork chops. I figured I could come up with something to make 3 nights and hopefully enough leftovers for night four. Funny that I even bought pork chops because I don’t really eat them that often. My husband loves them but since I do the cooking, I don’t buy them much. I don’t dislike them, I’m just sort of indifferent, I guess.
With that being said, I was determined to make them spectacular. I usually do a quick pan sear and serve the chops with homemade apple butter. With it being as hot as it has been, I decided to take them out to the grill. I came up with a knock your socks off barbeque sauce. It’s perfectly sweet, tangy from the orange and freshness of the cilantro rounds it out. The best part is this sauce took all of 8 minutes to make.
I still don’t know if I love pork chops but I love them more when they are slathered in this sauce. I am already thinking of all the ways I could use this sauce. It’s seriously that good. As far as the menu planning, I’m kind of digging it. So we’ll see, maybe I’m turing a new leaf!
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100 Ways to Cook with BBQ Sauce, by Endliss Simmer
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Cilantro Orange Barbeque Sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dry, ground mustard
- zest of one small orange
- 2 tablespoons orange juice (the juice of one small orange)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon each, salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh, chopped cilantro
In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, combine ketchup, apple cider vinegar, dry mustard, orange zest, orange juice and brown sugar. Stir to combine and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in fresh cilantro. Simmer 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and use to baste grilled pork chops or chicken. *This sauce makes enough for 4 pork chops or single chicken breasts.