Pork Chops with Quick Rhubarb Sauce

Pork Chops with Quick Rhubarb Sauce

This grilled pork chop recipe features a savory rhubarb sauce that can cook in the microwave while you grill the pork chops.

From EatingWell: May/June 2012
Yield: 4 servings, 1 pork chop & 1/4 cup sauce each
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 30


  1. 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  2. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  4. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  5. 4 bone-in pork chops, 1/2-3/4 inch thick (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  6. 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  7. 1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  8. 2 tablespoons honey
  9. 3 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  10. 1 1/2 cups sliced rhubarb, fresh or frozen (thawed and drained)
  11. 1 teaspoon butter


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine thyme, oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Smear evenly all over pork chops.
  3. Combine juice, broth, honey, shallots and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a glass pie pan (or see Tips). Microwave, uncovered, on High until reduced by about half, 6 to 9 minutes. Stir in rhubarb and microwave, stirring once, until the rhubarb is beginning to break down, 3 to 6 minutes more. Stir in butter.
  4. Meanwhile, oil the grill rack (see Tips). Grill the pork chops, turning once, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with the rhubarb sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Tips: No Microwave? To make rhubarb sauce (Step 3), bring juice, broth, honey, shallots, salt and pepper to a simmer in a medium saucepan and cook until reduced by half, 8 to 12 minutes. Stir in rhubarb and return to a simmer; cover, reduce heat to low and cook until the rhubarb is beginning to break down, about 4 minutes. Stir in butter.
  • Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to coat the food with cooking spray.


Nutrition Per Serving: 303 calories; 13 g fat (4 g sat, 7 g mono); 71 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 1 g fiber; 412 mg sodium; 561 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (17% daily value), Potassium (16% dv)

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 4 lean meat, 1 fat