Kyle recently spent a weekend in Minneapolis, where he was introduced to 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey by way of multiple rounds of its trademark cocktail, the Big Ginger. The drink features 2 Gingers Whiskey (distilled in Ireland, not Minneapolis) and ginger ale, garnished with slices of lemon and lime. While that’s definitely an Emily-style cocktail, for Kyle, the Big Ginger inspired a boozy sauce to top off grilled pork chops.
Just like the cocktail, our sauce features 2 Gingers Whiskey, ginger ale and a healthy dose of citrus. While we serve it with pork chops, it has the potential to enhance any cut of pork, cooked just about any way.
Bonus: Since you have all the ingredients on hand, you might as well make a few Big Gingers to go along with your meal.
Grilled Pork Chops with Big Ginger Applesauce
4 thick-cut, bone-in pork chops
Freshly ground black pepper
Your favorite barbecue rub
For the sauce:
2 shots of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
½ cup of ginger ale
¼ cup ponzu soy sauce
½ tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups applesauce
Season the pork chops with olive oil, salt, pepper, and your favorite bbq rub. Allow them to marinate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
30 minutes before cooking, take the chops out of the fridge to let them come to room temperature. Meanwhile, prepare your grill with coals covering half of the bottom. Grill the pork chops directly over the fire for about 2 minutes per side and then set away from the fire and cover the grill. Allow the chops to cook for about 15 more minutes more for medium.
To make the sauce, warm the whiskey in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger ale and let the mixture reduce by about half. Lower the heat. Add the ponzu soy sauce, cinnamon, and ginger, and stir to combine. Add the applesauce and let the mixture cook just long enough to get warm throughout, about 1-2 minutes.