Take your backyard Fourth of July celebration to ten with Saucy Kansas City-Style Pork Chops. Featuring plenty of homemade sauce, these chops are guaranteed to impress your neighbors and have their mouths watering with jealousy.

The secret is the homemade sauce, made with a balanced blend of sweet and peppery flavors. Sautéed onions and garlic give it a savory base, while tomato sauce, ketchup, molasses, cider vinegar, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and spices add depth and heat. The aroma alone will have your guests running to the grill.

These pork chops are flame-fired to perfection, cooked over medium-high heat, and basted with a delectable sauce; each chop is caramelized to a beautiful golden brown, sealing in all the flavors. It's a match made in heaven.

So, stock up on fireworks, sparklers, and other Fourth of July essentials, and make this year's celebration one to remember with our Saucy Kansas City-Style Pork Chops. Your taste buds (and your neighbors) will thank you.

Serves 8

Saucy Kansas City-Style Pork Chops Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 c. Ketchup
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1/4 c. cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. (heaping) cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 8 bone-in pork chops (about 8 ounces each and 1-inch thick)

Saucy Kansas City-Style Pork Chops Directions

  1. Heat grill to medium-high. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the ketchup, molasses, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire, dry mustard, cayenne, allspice, and 1/4 cup water and combine. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes; remove from heat.
  3. Grill pork chops until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes per side, basting with some sauce (about 1/3 cup) during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Transfer to a platter and baste again, then serve with remaining sauce.


Taken from Summerset Grills' Fourth of July Grilling Series  https://summersetgrills.com/blogs/recipes/july-4th-saucy-kansas-city-style-pork-chops

July 01, 2024 — Jason Klein