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Dr Pepper® has been my favorite soda for as long as I can remember, so much so that my mother even keeps it stocked in her fridge specifically for when I come to visit. She'll claim she is just being nice, but I'm reasonably certain it is just an easy way for her to ensure her favorite middle child comes to visit her! She probably doesn't need to entice me with soda, but I appreciate the bribe.
I don't just love to drink Dr Pepper®, cooking with it is a fun way to infuse my favorite dishes with my favorite soda flavors. Reducing it down in a saucepan is ideal for concentrating its flavors into a sticky glaze fortified with other seasonings. It is perfect for summer grilling, or for indoor entertaining!
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I like that my local Walmart carries the Dr Pepper® Cherry flavor that is quickly becoming my favorite Dr Pepper®, but it also carries other varieties like the Vanilla Float, which I just tried for the first time!
When using using Dr Pepper® to create a glaze for a pork loin chop it is important to add complimentary flavors to balance out of the sweetness. The acid in cider vinegar really helps to cut down the sweetness while molasses adds a deep robust flavor.
While baking the pork loin chops you can set it directly on a baking sheet, or set them up on a wire baking rack like I did. It will give you the nice looking cross marks in the meat, as you can see in the photo. Otherwise, it is also a great idea to reserve some of the glaze and continue to lacquer the meat as it roasts, for additional sticky goodness!
Dr Pepper® Cherry Glazed Pork Loin Chops
- 4 Pork Loin Chops (Tenderloin can also be used)
- 24 oz Dr Pepper® Cherry
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- 4 TBSP Molasses
- 4 TBSP Cider Vinegar
- ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp Allspice
- Add all ingredients for glaze into sauce pan and cook at a boil till reduced to 1 cup. Sauce should have a syrupy consistency.
- Lightly salt chops on each side and brush with glaze.
- Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
- Keep sauce warm and brush additional coats during cooking if desired.
- Cooking time will vary depending on thickness of the meat.
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