Coffee-Molasses Marinated Pork Chops Recipe
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Coffee-Molasses Marinated Pork Chops Recipe

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A friend gave me this fabulous pork chop recipe, and it's seriously the best pork I've ever tasted. —Pam Moormann, Beverly, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (1 inch thick)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 370 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 415mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Pour 1/2 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add the pork chops. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining coffee mixture until ready to cook.
  2. For glaze, place remaining coffee mixture in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill chops, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-5 in. from the heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°). Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Spoon glaze over chops. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Coffee-Molasses Marinated Pork Chops in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p62

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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[email protected] User ID: 8933194 254107
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

"This was awful ! What a waste. Very bitter tasting. Husband and daughter thought it was awful too. I followed the recipe exactly. I agree with MIvey, chops were tasteless but sauce was way way too strong and bitter tasting. It, along with the recipe went in the garbage."

dawnty User ID: 4576122 244435
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"Awesome! I could eat these every week! I followed the recipe exactly, and the thickened sauce is the bomb! Love!"

MIvey User ID: 7670151 229414
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"TASTELESS! Will not make again!"

JCV4 User ID: 628113 226729
Reviewed May. 22, 2015

"This was a great recipe and tasted even better as leftovers the next day."

MyPreshus User ID: 8068904 121267
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Oh. My. Gosh. Cannot believe anyone said this was bland with all of those strong flavors! It was off the chart delicious! I will make this over and over and will try it on chicken tomorrow night! I liked it that much! ( Thinking maybe the coff was not brewed strongly enough for the ones who thought it bland.). Thank you for this awesome recipe!!!"

tcarver User ID: 5663692 110800
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"Very bland. We took left over chops and added BBQ sauce."

MusicWritingLife User ID: 7127104 171724
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"No one in my family really cares for pork chops, so we tried it with chicken. Not the best. It was bland and generally lacked flavor. That may just be because of the chicken, but we probably won't make this again."

lacyrp User ID: 3127075 171722
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"We love this recipe. I add more molasses than it calls for and it helps cut any bitter coffee aftertaste."

skeller5678 User ID: 1901996 118162
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"This pork is fantastic! I recommend marinating all day. Wonderful flavor!"

Racer Duck User ID: 3313013 128898
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"I didn't have a grill available, so used the broiler. Fantastic! I couldn't believe how moist the chops were. Will definitely make this one again!!!"

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