Friday, March 25, 2011

Grilled Pork Chops witn BBQ Marinade and Sweet Potatoes

I was so lucky to win to box full of wonderful Tex-Mex sauces and marinades from Wendy,  The Weekend Gourmet.  We used the Pecos 83 BBQ from Cookwell  &Company.  The marinade was so good, with a smoky flavor and a  little bit of heat. See those grill marks? Perfect, even, if they are a little charred. We just coated the boneless chops in the marinade, put in a plastic bag, and refrigerated for a couple of hours. Scott always like the food to marinate for a couple of hours, so the marinade can penetrate the chops. Now that the weather is getting warmer for some people, get outside and grill.  We do grill all year long!  Thank you Mr. Weber!

We also grilled sweet potatoes, brushed with a little olive oil, and they are the best. The grill caramelizes the sweet potatoes into a yummy goodness.  If you have never grilled sweet potatoes, run to the store and buy some. They have complex carbs, dietary fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as calcium and iron. According to Wikipedia and the Center for Science  in the Public Iinterest, sweet potatoes ranked highest in nutritional value of all vegetables. The best way to cook them to retain the most nutritional value is "health steaming" for 7 minutes.  Who new the little orange or purple sweet potatoes pack a nutritional wallop?  Sweet potatoes also have a lower GI index, good for diabetics. I new that they were good for you and better for you than white or red potatoes, but never realized all of the  health benefits. Of cours, I like cinnamon on them:)

My family is having a belated birthday Tex-Mex Fiesta in a couple of weeks to use several of the other products that I won, stay tuned.  Now, I was in Dallas many years ago, but that's the only place that I've been.in Texas. San Antonio and Austin here I come, someday!


11 comments:

  1. Oh you had me at grilled pork chops..lol. I love to grill veggies too. This is such a perfect meal for me!!

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  2. Congratulations on the prize, how yummy.

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  3. Those look so good...glad you're enjoying your winnings!! I haven't tried the marinades or BBQ sauces, but can buy Cookwell products locally. You should come to Austin and San Antonio...in spring or fall. Summer is just too hot and humid to have fun...trust me!

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  4. Congrats dear Becky! Your meal looks fantastic..I love anything from the grill 'cause of the flavor!
    I never tried grilled sweet potatoes, which I will now:))

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  5. Oh my. Sweet potatoes done like this sounds like bliss! I can almost smell them from the screen.

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  6. Becky
    those chops do look delicious! and those sweet potatoes were the perfect compliment to the meal!
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend
    Dennis

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  7. Brandie- Grilled sweet potatoes are so good.

    Nancy- thank you for the wishes on the prize.

    Sandra- thank you for your comments. Grilled food does seem to taste better.

    Jill- You will have to try grilling them.

    Chef Dennis-Thank you for your kind words. Have a great rest of the weekend!

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  8. Becky, congratulations on winning this awesome price! Grilled chops and the potatoes sound fantastic! This is the perfect summer meal for me :o)

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  9. Congrats on the prizes, Becky! And you knew exactly how to use them... mmmmmm I love these chops! I also like that they're a bit charred - they look so good!

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  10. The pork chops sound so flavorful with this bbq marinade and pair nicely with the sweet potatoes, an excellent meal on a grill!

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  11. Susi thank you for your comments.-Now, all we need is summer, or even Spring!

    Kate-Is there any other way to eat BBQ chops? thanks for the comments.

    Natasha-Thank you for your kind words. Pork and sweet potatoes do go well together.

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