Bourbon-soaked pork chops with squash hash recipe


The sweetness of the maple syrup and squash, the spiciness of the hot chiles, and the smoky, woodsy flavor of the bourbon add up to a flavor combination that is the essence of fall. Be sure the marinade boils for a good 5 minutes before drizzling it over the chops and hash to ensure that it is safe to eat.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 40 Minutes


  • 4 pork loin chops (bone-in), cut 1 inch thick (about 3 pounds)
  • ⅓ cup bourbon or beef broth
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces (3 cups)
  • ¾ cup chopped red or green sweet pepper (1 medium)
  • ⅔ cup sliced leeks
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
How to Make It
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim fat from chops. Place chops in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl whisk together bourbon, maple syrup, soy sauce, tomato paste, lime juice, and serrano pepper. Pour marinade over chops in bag, turning bag to coat evenly. Marinate in the refrigerator while preparing squash hash, turning bag occasionally.
  2. For squash hash, in a large bowl combine the squash, sweet pepper, leeks, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the jalapeño pepper, salt, and black pepper. Spread the squash mixture in a 15×10×1-inch baking pan. Roast, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and browned, stirring twice.
  3. Meanwhile, drain chops, reserving marinade. In a very large skillet heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add chops to hot oil; cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned, turning once. Place chops in a shallow baking pan. Place chops in oven on the rack below squash. Roast for 10 to 12 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in chops registers 145°F. Let chops stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. For sauce, place the marinade in a small saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until reduced by half (⅓ cup). Transfer chops and squash mixture to serving plates. Drizzle chops with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Nutritional Value Per Serving
565 kcal
Calories from Fat:
207 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
23 g
Trans Fat
0.0 g
114 mg
834 mg
32 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
47 g
* Above mentioned %DVs (Percent Daily Values) are based on 2,000 calorie food intake.

DVs (Daily values) may be vary depending upon individuals daily calorie needs. Above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide for approximation. They are not recommendations. Calculations are based on average weight of 194 lbs. and ages of 19 to 50 years.

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