One-Pot Wonders

Beer Braised Pork Chops with a Kick

July 24, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Two of my favorite things come together in this recipe: Beer and pork chops! I particularly love the way this dish came out- the heat from the jalapeno peppers plays perfectly off the crisp sweetness of the beer, and the delicious crust of the seared chop really holds its own.

Originally featured on my blog, total noms: —totalnoms

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless pork chops, 1-inch thick
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper, minced
  • chili powder to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can beer (I prefer Budweiser)
  1. Trim pork chops of any fat. Season both sides with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  2. Heat up a deep sided, medium size pan (that has a lid). When pan is hot enough that a few drops of water dance across the surface, add the oil. Place the pork chops in the pan, hear that beautiful sizzle, and let sit for 3-4 minutes to allow optimal browning. Flip and brown the other side for another 3-4 minutes. Once both sides are browned, remove pork chops from pan.
  3. If needed, add some more olive oil. Add garlic, shallot, and jalapeno into pan and allow to sweat and cook until soft and slightly brown, infusing the flavors of the vegetables into the oil, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour about half of the beer into the pan, and scrape up any brown bits. Bring to a boil. Nestle the pork chops back in the pan, and cover, bringing heat to low. You want the liquid level to hit around halfway up the pork chop. Let braise in the beer for 10-15 minutes. If you have any beer leftover, no one’s judging- finish that bad boy while the meat’s cookin.
  5. After chops are done simmering, plate each chop and top with some of the jalapeno-shallot-beer sauce. Oh yeah, and enjoy!

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Sagegreen
  • totalnoms
  • TwoLipsRed
  • amanda.devore

5 Reviews

TwoLipsRed March 14, 2012
Just made this for my parents! They loved it.
amanda.devore September 5, 2011
Made this tonight to go with the fall weather- awesome!
totalnoms September 6, 2011
I am so happy to hear that! Glad you liked it!!! :)
Sagegreen July 25, 2011
I bet this is delicious. Beer and jalapeno go so well together.
totalnoms July 25, 2011
Thank you so much! It was pretty dang good... and the best part is you get to drink the beer while you cook. :)