Pan roasted pork chop with bacon jam
Chef Jason Knapp
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 head of garlic, halved crosswise, plus 2 unpeeled cloves for basting
- 2 large sprigs thyme
- 1 2-inch-thick bone-in pork chop (2 ribs; about 1 1/4 lb.)
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Kosher salt
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add kosher salt, sugar, peppercorns, halved head of garlic, and 1 thyme sprig; stir to dissolve salt and sugar. Transfer to a medium bowl and add 5 cups ice cubes. Stir until brine is cool. Add pork chop; cover and chill for at least 8 and up to 12 hours.
Preheat oven to 450°. Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Remove chop from brine; pat dry. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large cast-iron or other oven-proof skillet. Cook chop until beginning to brown, 3-4 minutes. Turn and cook until second side is beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Keep turning chop every 2 minutes until both sides are deep golden brown, 10-12 minutes total.
Transfer skillet to oven and roast chop, turning every 2 minutes to prevent it from browning too quickly, until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center of meat registers 135°, about 14 minutes. (Chop will continue to cook during basting and resting.)
Carefully drain fat from skillet and place over medium heat. Add butter, 2 unpeeled garlic cloves, and remaining thyme sprig; cook until butter is foamy. Carefully tip skillet and, using a large spoon, baste chop repeatedly with butter until butter is brown and smells nutty, 2-3 minutes.
Transfer pork chop to prepared rack and let rest, turning often to ensure juices are evenly distributed, for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with kosher salt
- 1 1/2 pounds regular, supermarket variety bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, diced (about 2 cups)
- 3 medium cloves garlic, peel and coarsely chopped (About 2 teaspoons)
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 6 tablespoons brewed coffee
- 6 tablespoons bourbon
Divide bacon between two large skillets and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned and starting to crisp, about 20 minutes.
Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard fat from one skillet. Pour off all but one tablespoon fat from remaining skillet. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and translucent, about five minutes. Add vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, coffee, and bourbon. Bring to a boil and cook for two minutes, stirring and scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet with wooden spoon. Add bacon and stir to combine.
Transfer mixture to a six-quart slow-cooker and cook on high, uncovered, until liquid has reduced and thickened slightly and bacon is a deep burnished brown, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Transfer mixture to food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Let cool, then transfer to airtight jars. Store in refrigerator for up to one month.