Carolyn L. Braun (carolynlbraun.com)

The Infamous Pork Chop Investigation …

Cover Photo by Barry Braun. 

During one of our recent family gatherings, the infamous pork chop investigation came up again – and we all laughed and laughed. However, no one was laughing during the real infamous pork chop ‘investigation.’

It all started, years ago, when the kids were all at home and we had pork chops for dinner. There was one pork chop left over. That pork chop was put on a  stoneware dessert plate on the second shelf in the refrigerator, unwrapped, and intended as a snack for Jim (Dad). All of the kids could reach the second shelf. (And by the way, our daughter remembered this detail:  The plate was part of our everyday dinnerware that was tan with orange and yellow flowers in the center and an orange stripe around the edge. I am not sure how it factored into the investigation, but a detail to be noted nonetheless.)

The next day Jim went to get the pork chop — but —  horror of all horrors!!  Someone had taken a nice big bite out of the pork chop. Jim was not happy – not happy at all!! All of the kids were called into the kitchen and the investigation began. Each was questioned about taking a bite out of the pork chop; none would confess. Minutes turned into an hour – and still no confession, And so they sat. And sat. And sat.

After what some claim was several hours and some claim was only one hour (years since have dimmed the memories), the youngest son confessed  — even though he kept proclaiming his innocence. He really did not want to sit anymore. He wanted to play with his wrestling action figures. Clearly the bite in the meat did not match his small bite  – but he did confess. He was thanked for telling the truth and the investigation was over. But the investigation wasn’t closed. Something just didn’t add up.

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Youngest son’s wrestling collection. (Photo by Barry Braun)

Years later, at another family gathering, the truth came out. It was not the youngest son. It was the oldest son – a bit of a trickster. Through laughter, he finally confessed. We should have known.

And yet, grilled pork chops are still a favorite of everyone – the oldest and youngest son in particular — and me, as well !!

Family Favorites when grilling pork chops:

  • Lawry’s Seasoned salt
  • Garlic salt with pepper or garlic pepper
  • McCormick cajun seasoning, rubbed into the meat before grilling
  • Tip: Cut up leftover pork chops are good in stir fry.

And to put a little spice in your life, here is a recipe for Cajun Spiced (fried) Pork Chops – on that rare occasion when you can’t use an outdoor grill:

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1.2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed dried sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 center cut pork chops
  1. Mix paprika, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, sage, and garlic salt on a plate. Liberally coat each pork chop with the spice mixture.
  2. Heat olive oil and several pumps of non-stick, butter-flavored spray in a large skillet over high heat. Place pork chops in the skillet, reducing heat to medium. Cook until the pork is no longer pink in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Thanks for reading! I hope you return. 

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