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Center-Cut Pork Chops with Bacon Jalapeno Jam

Posted at 11:52 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 12:52:31-04

Chef Rudy made Center-Cut Pork Chops with Bacon Jalapeno Jam, one of the featured culinary items available during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, which runs now-October 31. Go to to find out more about the festival.

Dollywood’s Center-Cut Pork Chop with Jalapeño Bacon Jam

Serves 10 people

5lb. Pork Chops- 8 oz. ea.


Kosher Salt- ¼ cup

Granulated Sugar- ¼ cup

Water- ½ gallon

Bacon Jalapeño Jam:

Caramelized Diced Onion- ½ cup

Roasted Jalapeños - ¼ cup

Diced Smoked Bacon- ½ cup

Roasted Garlic- 2 tablespoons

Apple Cider Vinegar- 1 1/2 cup

Brown Light Cane Sugar- 1 cup

Bacon Jalapeño Jam: Place apple cider vinegar and brown sugar in medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir often. Cook until reduced volume by half. Add in other ingredients: caramelized onions, roasted jalapeños, roasted garlic and diced smoked bacon. Cook over medium heat, stirring often until the liquid begins to thicken.

Pork Chops: Combine sugar, salt and water to make the brine. Soak the pork chops in the brine for about four hours and grill for service. Top with bacon jalapeño jam.