We have entered an exciting stage in our family- the kids are starting to cook meals! Whole meals! We started out with things like Shake and Bake Chicken and Kraft Mac and Cheese, but now we are moving onto grown-up things like this:
It truly is so exciting to me. If there are any moms of little ones reading this, you, like me, may be thinking that you will ALWAYS be bouncing a baby on your hip while stirring supper with your free hand. But in a flash, your kids will turn into kitchen friends and helpers who love to create their own kitchen masterpieces.
Olivia received a cookbook for Christmas, and we’ve been enjoying some great recipes from it since then. Recently, she whipped up a SUPER delicious barbecue sauce, which we used on grilled pork chops. But really it would be delicious on chicken, ribs, or beef as well. The thing that I really liked about it was that it didn’t need to be heated on the stove before using. This was because the base was honey instead of white sugar.
This sauce was so good! It was jam packed with lots of different flavors including honey, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and brown sugar.
While I started the grill, Olivia mixed the sauce together. She helped me turn the chops and brushed on the sauce. We steamed some broccoli and warmed some Grandma Betty’s Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes that we had in the freezer.
The end results were wonderful: a delicious meal, a happy mommy, and a confident young cook!
- For the pork chops:
- 6-8 Iowa chops or butterfly chops
- For the Barbecue Sauce:
- 2 T honey
- 1 T balsamic vinegar
- 4 T ketchup
- 2 T soft brown sugar
- 1 T Dijon mustard
- 1 T olive oil
- 3 drops hot sauce (optional)
- Grill the meat on medium heat until cooked through, about 10 minutes on each side.
- Mix the barbecue sauce together until combined. Brush onto chops during last 2 minutes of grilling.