Honey and balsamic vinegar are the sweet and sour agents in this recipe, which we featured alongside Anya von Bremzen's tribute to Rome, "Eternal Pleasures" (April 2010). These grilled pork chops pair well with stewed sweet peppers.
Sweet and Sour Glazed Pork Chops (Maiale in Agrodolce)
Honey and balsamic vinegar are the sweet and sour agents in these Italian-style grilled pork chops, which pair well with stewed sweet peppers.
4 (10-oz.) bone-in pork chops, frenched
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1⁄3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. honey
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 sprig fresh rosemary, torn into 1" pieces
Put pork chops on a plate; drizzle with oil; season generously with salt and pepper; let sit for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high heat. Combine vinegar and honey in a 1-qt. saucepan and cook over medium heat until reduced to 1⁄4 cup. Stir in butter and rosemary and set aside.
Put pork chops on grill and cook, occasionally turning and basting with balsamic mixture, until browned and cooked through, 12–14 minutes. Transfer to a platter and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.