October has this magic about it. It’s brilliantly sunny days, warm nights and breathtaking jacaranda blossoms enveloping Nairobi make this one of my favorite months. With all these aspects all in one month, this makes it perfect for picnics! What better way to enjoy great weather, appreciate beautiful blossoms and enjoy great company than with fantastic food? My friends and I decided to do just that by hosting a get-together picnic. Each person was meant to bring a dish of their choice. I decided to make one of two meat dishes: my passion fruit marinated honey pork chops. I was so thrilled with the results and this is one recipe I just had to share with you guys. The passion fruit marinade was so perfect for this! I could hardly keep it together while taking the pictures. I almost ate it all before leaving for the actual picnic LOL! I hope this recipe unleashes one hell of a party on your taste buds as it did on mine!
PREP TIME: THREE DAYS COOK TIME:40 MIN SERVES: 3
1.75 kg of pork chops
Guinness stout beer
5 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of finely chopped ginger
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary
1/2 a tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper seeds
2 passion fruit
Salt to taste
Place your pork chops in a bowl. Add your crushed black pepper, honey, rosemary, passion fruit and finely chopped garlic and ginger. Rub that over your pork until well distributed.
After that add your Guinness stout. You ideally want your meat to be fully submerged in the beer so that the flavor infusion is maximum. For my 1.75 kg of pork ribs, one bottle was adequate. Not only will the beer infuse deeper flavor to the pork but will also supply much needed moisture that will keep your pork nice and juicy.
I added passion fruit to this marinade because I wanted to introduce a sweet element to this marinade besides the honey. Sweet flavors go SO WELL with pork, as I pointed out HERE. Another plus of using passion fruit is that it’s mild acidity will help tenderize the pork as it marinates. If you do not have passion fruit, you can use pineapple, oranges or any sweet acidic fruit.
Cover with a lid and allow the meat to marinate. Remember, the longer the meat marinates, the deeper and more intense the flavors will be. I marinated my pork chops for 3 days and it was totally worth it in the end. Remember, if you are marinating for periods longer than 6 hours, keep your meat refrigerated.
After the marination time has lapsed, pace your pork chops on a baking tray lines with some foil. Add about a cup of the marination mixture to it. Cover with a perforated foil and place this in the oven preheated at 180 for about 20 minutes. The perforated foil will allow any excess steam to escape. It will also allow moisture to be retained and avoid excess splattering.
After that, drain any excess liquid, and return the pork chops to the oven, this time without the perforated foil cover.
This is so that the pork can get a nice golden brown crispy exterior. This will take about 5 minutes. Note: If you do not have an oven, you can use a grill or pan fry the pork chops until you achieve similar results. Once they have browned to perfection, dig in!!
Browned to perfection and with such a full deep fruity flavor which is beautifuly complimented by that of the beer. You can taste the sweetness of the honey and that of the passion fruit and these two are perfectly enhanced by the ginger and garlic. Perfect sear and perfect flavors!!
If you are crazy about pork just as I am, this is one recipe you MUST try. Make some of my passion fruit marinated honey pork chops, gather some of your buddies and go to the great outdoors and soak in some October heat over fantastic food. You can check our my other pork recipes HERE and HERE
Here’s to your next addiction!
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Interesting point, when you said “I marinated my pork chops for 3 days… ”
Yup!! Three days! The longer the marination, the deeper the flavor! Def worth the wait :))
Awesome! This directly goes into the weekend plan.
YES! YES ! YESSSSSSS! Let me know how it all goes!
I certainly cannot wait to try this out.
Just wondering whether al be able to wait for a three day marination.
Looks interesting to try but the period of waiting three days makes it too anxious
I knoooow!!!! LOL! I could hardly wait either. But it was all worth it in the end!!
this is my first time checking you bog, u are talented my darling, keep it up is there any way possible I can subscribe and get your daily or weekly recipes…
Im defiantly trying this recipe
Thnk you so much!! I am still trying to get the subscription tab working but I will let you know when I do.
Hey Kaluhi……that pork looks amazing. I am willing to try pork now after my last disaster…is the Guinness a must to use?
To get the stout flavor, yes, it is a must for this recipe.
can i do the same with chicken ?
No. Pork and chicken are TOTALLY different meats..
No. Pork and chicken are TOTALLY different meats..
Yum yum. Trying this with pineapple, want to pan fry though. How long do I need to fry them for?
Fry until they are cooked through. Fry until they are done to your level of preference.
Great work. I came across your blog after reading your feature on the Sunday Nation. I love your authenticity, passion and creativity that’s evident in your work. Quick question -can you do the same with lamb or goat? Or probably a variation of it.
No, unfortunately. These flavors are more on the sweet side and work better with the chemistry of pork meat. For mbuzi, marinate with beer + thyme + garlic + Rosemary + chilis. For lamb, eliminate add mint to th marinade that I have suggested for mbuzi.
And how long do you marinate it (either lamb or mbuzi); 3days? I see you use Guinness stout beer; is that the recommended beer? And I didn’t understand the last bit -“For lamb, eliminate add mint to th marinade that I have suggested for mbuzi.”Are you saying that I add mint to the mbuzi marinate (i.e. beer + thyme + garlic + Rosemary + chilis). Please advise. Thanks
**For mbuzi, eliminate the mint.
And yes, i marinated for three days as the recipe indicates and yes, Guinness is the best beer for this.
waoo yummy, this immediately gets into ma weekends plans
Hey,this is awesome but the downloadable recipe is cumin and eggplant meatball recipe instead. Please mail me the recipe I will really appreciate.
I love your blog !!! what can i use instead of honey…my boyfie doesn’t take honey?
For this recipe only honey will work. It is a main ingredient and cannot work with a substitute
pretty sure brown sugar woul do the same job, I use that mostly
At what point do you use salt in this recipe??
At the begining. Dont overthink, salt is just salt. Add it when you feel like