Barbecue Journey with Dan ‘The Man’ — Pork Chop Sandwich with Sweet Onion Topping
Watermelon was always on the table in July. I didn’t question why watermelon only appeared in July. I didn’t care.
But there it was in its sweet, delicious glory. In July.
I don’t know what a Vidalia onion is, but that’s what Dr. BBQ calls for in his book “Ribs, Chops, Steaks and Wings” under the “Pork Chop Sandwich with Grilled Vidalia Onions” recipe.
Diligently I traipsed to the grocery store, went straight to produce and stared at a pile of sweet onions, white onions, yellow onions, red onions, one fish, two fish. There were no Vidalia onions!
I asked the grocer.
“They aren’t in season until May,” he said.
Then it all clicked. And now I know why watermelon comes in July.
I substituted sweet onion for Vidalia onion after doing a quick internet search in the store. From what I understand there’s almost no difference, especially when you are caramelizing the onion anyway.
Now, I present to you: “Pork Chop Sandwich with Grilled
Vidalia Sweet Onions”
The rub Dr. BBQ suggests is incredibly salty when made to his specifications. I thought it detracted from the overall quality. I’m also a guy who does not care much for salt. You may not be like me. I just felt the salt overwhelmed the subtler tastes of paprika, tarragon, thyme.
Of the five recipes I have made, this was the first dud. Interestingly, my issue with the dish was not because the pork chop was dry. It wasn’t; It was tender and, dare I say, juicy. But the onions did nothing for me and the salt was way too much.
Sometime after May 1, I will attempt with Vidalia onions and cut back on the salt in the rub and see how that goes.
Overall, I give this a 4 on my scale of 1-10.
Big Chuck Tries The Sandwich
Here’s what you need:
Pork Chop Rub:
Sugar in the Raw
1/2 inch thick boneless pork chops
1. Make the Rub
Combine all ingredients for the rub and put in airtight container. (It’s good to season 6-10 chops)
2. Caramelize Onions
Heat olive oil in skillet or pan on medium. Add thinly slice onion and cook for 8 minutes. Then add the balsamic mixture and continue cooking for 8 more minutes until all onions are soft and brown/black looking.
3. Rub and Cook Pork
Put the rub on the pork chops to your liking. Then, cook on high, direct heat for about three minutes per side.
4. Top with onions and put on kaiser roll
5. Take a Bite Shot