When I went to the grocery store February 25, 2010 I ran across some awesome meat deals and these pork chops were perfect for a new BBQ sauce I wanted to try. Dave over at My Year on the Grill has been raving about a raspberry chipotle sauce that I can’t get here either, but left me craving raspberries and at $4.99 a small box that craving was going to go unsatisfied until I ran across this raspberry vinegar at $3.99 a bottle – a much better deal and it made an awesome sauce. So this recipe was developed on February 26, 2010, but is so worth the rerun!

6 tablespoons Alessi raspberry blush vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons grandma’s molasses
1 teaspoon Frank’s Red Hot Pepper Sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 thin pork chops

  • Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes.
  • Whisk all the ingredients (except pork chops) together until well blended over a medium heat.
  • Bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally until thickened and reduced to 1/2 cup.
  • Skewer each pork chop with 2 skewers (this helps them lay flat).
  • Generously salt and pepper each side.
  • Bring your grill to temperature.
  • Brush each side with sauce.
  • Spray grill surface with PURE.
  • Place chops on grill, grilling uncovered for 2-3 minutes total, turning once.


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BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN SKEWERS serves 6 – 2 skewers each

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
24 fresh pineapple chunks
24 pearl onions
1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
12 wooden skewers
12 bacon slices

  • Soak skewers for an hour before prepping.
  • Cut the chicken into 1 inch chunks. You need 36 pieces.
  • Peel skin from onions.
  • In a large ziploc bag combine the Braggs Liquid Aminos, avocado oil, vinegar, garlic salt, onion powder and black pepper.
  • Add chicken, pineapple and onions turning to coat everything well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


  • Preheat grill over medium heat. Cooking MEDIUM LOW and SLOW is the key to crisp bacon and tender chicken. As you can see my bacon got just a little too crisp, but they were still delicious.
  • Assemble skewers alternating 3 pieces of chicken, 2 onions and 2 pieces of pineapple on each skewer while lacing bacon slice between each piece.
  • Drizzle skewers with marinade.
  • Grill 15-20 minutes, turning as necessary to cook evenly. Cook until chicken is cooked through and bacon is crisp.
  • Serve warm.

NOTE: Peppers and mushrooms are great on these too. Use your imagination to tickle your taste buds.


It was another scorcher here today of 112 degrees and monsoony humid weather so we stayed inside and painted the bathroom and a bedroom. I’m exhausted though so decided to make this simple recipe for the grill. It was made even simpler by having the lime juice in the freezer. I buy the fruit and then squeeze it all at once making it into cubes for future recipes. And then even simpler yet by converting the fresh herbs into dry measurements and using a mortar & pestle to revive them. This was a substitute for tonight, but I highly recommend using the fresh when you can.



1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper

4 chicken thighs, about 1 pound*

4 chicken drumsticks, about 1 pound*

  • In a small food processor mix together everything except the chicken.

    Wash and dry the chicken pieces.

  • Pour herb mixture into a large ziploc bag and add chicken pieces. Marinate chciken for 30 minutes to 24 hours.
  • Heat grill and spray with PAM for grilling especially if using skin free pieces.

    Place chicken pieces on grill, reserving the marinade.

  • Cook on one side and then turning to other side. Time will vary drastically based on type of chicken pieces you are using.
  • Pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat and then remove from heat.
  • Brush over chicken pieces.

*I use whatever I have on hand – breasts, tenders, etc….