Friday, August 5, 2016

Cooking with Beer - Drunken Pork Chops

The Yuengling brewery is located in my home state of Pennsylvania; Pottsville, Pennsylvania to be exact.  It holds the distinction of being the oldest brewery in the United States and is the second largest American-owned brewery . . . second only to the Boston Beer Company, makers of Sam Adams beer.

Starting in 1829 the founder David Yuengling, a German immigrant, made beer for thirsty coal miners in Pottsville.  In the 1940’s Yuengling was a struggling company barely making ends meet. Now it’s sells 1% of the country's beer.  And for good reason . . . it’s good beer!

Yuengling, pronounced ying-ling,  is German for "young man"; which is appropriate considering that it’s a family owned company that changes ownership by the offspring of the previous owner. However, currently there are no more young men to carry on the family tradition -- only young women.  The current owner is training his four daughters the ins and outs of the brewing business and one day they will take over . . . will the brewery then change it’s name to Yuengdame?

Just askin’  . . .

Yeungling Drunken Pork Chops

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Unsalted butter
5-6 Pork Chops- Bone-In or Boneless
Salt And Pepper To Taste
1 Bottle Of Beer (The Darker The Beer, The More Flavorful The Sauce. I Used Yeungling Black And Tan.
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Ketchup
Bread Crumbs

Marinate the pork chops in the beer overnight.

Coat the chops in the bread crumbs.  Reserve the beer.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet. Place the breaded chops in the skillet and brown 10 minutes on each side.

While the pork chops are browning, combine beer, ketchup, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to boil and turn down to a simmer.

Remove pork chops from the pan.  Pour the sauce into the skillet. Stir to loosen up the browned bits. Bring to a high simmer and thicken the sauce a bit. In a small cup, combine 1 TBSP of cornstarch in 1/4 of water. Stir to combine and add to boiling sauce, whisk so no lumps form.

Serve the chops with mashed potatoes or rice. Top with the thickened sauce.

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