I was never really a lover of vinegar when I was a kid. As a matter of fact, I despised it. But that’s because my family and relatives always just used regular ol’ distilled vinegar. To this day, I still hate the smell of it so much so that it makes me gag, and 1 bottle will last me 25 years. And that’s not an exaggeration. I think I’ve only bought two bottles of it since I was about 18 years old, and only fairly recently finally bought the second bottle! I’m still not even quite sure why.
But a whole new world opened up for me when I tried my first taste of a nice aged, sweet balsamic vinegar! It was good good and surprisingly sweet! So crazy-amazingly delicious that I could’ve easily actually taken a small swig of it right straight from the bottle! It was that good, and I was not only amazed, but HOOKED immediately! This nectar from the gods could not possibly be…vinegar?!!
It was when I was in my early 30’s, that I decided to give that “window cleaner” a second try. I quickly discovered that no two vinegars are alike and, that, regular ol’ distilled vinegar, though it still had some culinary uses in my kitchen, was best left for cleaning, laundry fixes and spewing, oozing volcanic science experiments.
There was an entire WORLD of amazingly tasting vinegars, and even the simple ones, such as red wine and balsamic, didn’t even resemble it’s simple, basic relative. There are white balsamics, herbed vinegars, and even Champagne vinegars! I’ve tried dozens since realizing that I actually don’t hate vinegar at all, and I sure hope that if you, too, have had an aversion since childhood to that “stinky stuff”, that you’ll not just give up on it and give much better, more flavorful and interesting vinegars a try! I know of quite a few people that think they don’t like vinegar, so I hope that this convinces any of you out there, too! 🙂
Because, simply, this easy marinade I whipped up ROCKED. Not overly complicated, the flavors just simply play harmonically together, and seasoned the chops like you will not believe without completely overpowering their naturally sweet and lightly smokey flavor!
They couldn’t be easier, they couldn’t be simpler, and I’d be proud to serve even the pickiest of friends these gorgeous chops! Things don’t have to have a long list of eclectic ingredients to taste great! They just have to impress the tastebuds is all. 😉 And believe me, you will impress everyone you serve these beauties to!
Give these lean, healthy, grilled chops a try soon! Summertime is here, and it’s time to have some fun on the grill and not waste a second of it! They’re easy to make, no hard-to-find exotic or expensive ingredients, and the taste is phe-NOM-inal! There’s nothing not to love! 😉 😀 I only beg one favor….when you make them – – call me!!! 😀 😉
*Baste some kale leaves with the last of the sauce and grill them, too! DELICIOUS!!