Your dad’s birthday was last week. It’s always a blessing to celebrate Dan Givens!!
When I asked him what he’d like for his birthday dinner, he requested Uncle David’s Pork Chops. These were mastered by Uncle David in college when he worked at an ag expo center and fed the masses. They are the best grilled pork chops ever!
Here is a sweet photo of the two of them with Bampaw Jones back in the day when they were known as Danny and Davie.
Uncle David gave me the recipe in “parts” so that it can be adjusted for any size crowd. It goes like this:
6 parts soy sauce
2 parts brown sugar
1 part apple cider vinegar
1 part honey
For our little birthday gathering, these parts translated into the following amounts:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and
1/2 cup honey. I added the honey to the measuring cup that held the vinegar, and it made it just a little easier to pour the honey into the mixing bowl.
Stir all of this together until the sugar dissolves.
I fitted a gallon-sized ziploc bag into a 2-quart pitcher and allowed it to hang over the edges.
This makes it easier to hold the marinade without fighting a wobbly plastic bag.
Next you’ll need some 1-inch pork chops. Uncle David told me bone-in are best, but I had already bought these before talking to him. I’d go with the expert’s recommendation if I were you.
Place the chops in the marinade,
seal the ziplock bag and place in a dish, and
refrigerate overnight. (I like to turn the bag over half way through the soaking process just to make sure those chops on top get an equal amount of flavoring.)
Grilling just isn’t my specialty. Things usually get a little too dry and crispy at my watch, so your sweet dad grilled his own birthday dinner.
Instructions are to turn frequently and grill over warm/hot coals (or gas in this instance) for about 40 minutes. If you’re grilling bone-in chops, the meat is ready when it pulls away from the bone.
I hope all your birthday celebrations are full of the ones you love
and conversations that linger.
I love you,