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Apple Butter Pork Chops with Cola Pecan Glaze

Recipe by Kent Whitaker
I love pork chops marinated in apple butter and honey. Apple is a great paring with pork in many recipes. For some reason, the flavors just seem to be meant for each other. You can use bone in, or bone out - that's your choice. I prefer bone out so I can butterfly the chop and stuff with something like an apple mix if I want to.

For the Chops:
4 one inch thick pork chops
1 1/2 cups apple butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Place chops in a shallow glass dish. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour marinade mixture over chops. Cover tightly and refrigerate for several hours - overnight if possible. Remove pork chops from marinade. Place on grill approximately six inches above medium-hot coals. Grill turning and basting with marinade. If you are going to stuff the pork chops, then you will need to butterfly cut the chops prior to grilling.

For the Glaze:
1 can of coke - not diet
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/2 to 1 tablespoon minced garlic
Handful of fine chopped apples
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
Parsley flakes
Salt and pepper dashes
Crushed pecans

In a small skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in the butter until tender. Carefully add in the remaining ingredients and allow the coke to reduce to half. Once the mix starts to bubble it will reduce quickly, so be ready to remove it from the heat. If the mix burns the sugar in the coke will become bitter and you will need to start over.