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Coffee-Molasses Marinated Pork Chops Recipe

Coffee-Molasses Marinated Pork Chops Recipe

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. YIELD: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)


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!!!"

[email protected] User ID: 6093830 121265
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"I thought the taste was only so-so."

rock111 User ID: 2691736 128894
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Fantastic, and except for using 1 tsp. dried thyme instead of the sprigs, did everything else exactly as printed. We'll have this often. quick and easy and with ingredients I always have on hand. Love it!"

JoAnn-Bill User ID: 5898428 128892
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"This is a great recipe the flavor was wonderful and the pork was very tender. It was easy to make and got a thumbs up by my husband and stepdaughter who is an excellent cook!"

NEllenson User ID: 6108264 211656
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"Very tasty! My husband was shocked to find out what was in the marinade/glaze...he dislikes molasses, but has asked me to make this again!"

Fernflower User ID: 5960667 187104
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"My husband and I loved this recipe! In fact I only had 2 pork chops but made the full recipe and saved enough to try on chicken breasts for tonight. I know this kind of marinade is good on steak and I like to experiment so I hope it works!"

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 118161
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"I've mad this several times throughout the year. This will give your pork the best flavor and is so tender. Best pork chop ever."

[email protected] User ID: 4441258 188941
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"I agree with Vieux. I have made this numerous times, and it never fails to be absolutely delicious. I use good quality pork (Schwans) and follow the recipe pretty much verbatim. It is not overpowering, and definitely not bland. I was skeptical the first time i made it as i had never cooked using coffee before, but again, it was a wonderful recipe that my husbands loves. I made 6 chops tonight as we had company and he was sad that there was not extra left over."

aorla846 User ID: 5399524 188940
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2011

"It was good, but not as good as I expected. The coffee and molasses flavors were a little overpowering."

vieux User ID: 4712790 118127
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"Don't listen to obxgoer or oaug2295. This is GOOD!. Use the mustard and vinegar of your choice and dried herbs if that's all you have but again this is GOOD!"

Miss Jen User ID: 4371293 191073
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"This was really great. My only substitutions were brown mustard for the dijon, and balsamic for the cider vinegar, and 1/2 tsp dried thyme, since that is what I had on hand. Very tasty!"

kkparsons User ID: 3004190 187103
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"These were quick, easy and so tasty! Very moist and flavorful. My husband who doesn't like coffee was skeptical, but he loved them. Even my two year old gobbled them up. Will definitely become a regular at our house."

[email protected] User ID: 4441258 118122
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"I have made this recipe twice now and it will become a regular grilling/food item. My husband doesn't rave about much, but he raves about this one. The pork is tender enough to cut with a fork. Absolutely delicious!"

Laura.Farnell User ID: 3364390 211655
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"thought this was delicious!"

gaapss User ID: 1556096 128891
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"One of the best I have ever tried. I did use pork tenderloin because that was what I had in the freezer. Absolutely delicious."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 191071
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"This was alright, sort of bland. Tasted better than it smelled."

lor1s User ID: 2985155 107921
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"This was surprising and delicious. The whole family liked it. Even my picky little 2 and 4-year-old had second helpings."

Alaina1243 User ID: 415031 191068
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"First time using coffee with meat...surprisingly,we enjoyed it! The only reason we didn't like it as much as possible was my own fault--I should have been more patient with the glaze because it was way too runny. Next time I'll make sure to cook it down a lot more so that it comes out the way it was intended."

obxgoer User ID: 2649993 110796
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"worst pork I ever had."

quiltingmontana User ID: 1086689 121263
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"This was a fun, new way to fix pork chops. My husband is critical of new recipes and he loved it. I will definitely make this recipe again!"

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