Pomegranate Pork Chops

The great people at POM recently sent me a case of 100% pomegranate juice, again, bless their hearts! I love this stuff, but instead of just drinking it and enjoying it that way, I wanted to try cooking something with it.

POM Bottles

I got a couple of really nice bone-in pork chops and an ambercup squash to start with, and got the grill going with a 3 zone fire. I cubed the squash and added some brown sugar and chipotle flakes, letting the sugar coat the squash on skewers. The chops got some salt and pepper along with some diced up cherry peppers.

Pork chops

The chops went on the hot part of the fire to get a but of crust built up, then were moved over to the medium heat fire, and the squash joined them on the grill on the cooler part of the fire, so the sugar wouldn’t burn.

Pork chops

While the grill was chugging along, I sauteed a shallot, then added 8 ounces of pomegranate juice and a couple tablespoons of port, along with some salt and pepper. I let the sauce reduce a bit, then added 1/2 tsp of cornstarch to thicken the sauce a bit.

Grilling Ambercup Squash

Back to the grill, I moved the squash over to the hot part of the fire, just briefly, to caramelize the sugar a bit. Then everything came off the grill, and the chops rested for a few minutes. I topped the chops with the sauce, added a squash on the side, and served.

Pomegranate Pork Chop

The sauce was great with the chops, easy to make, and definitely a good use of pomegranate juice! Pork and POM go really well together! Next, I’ll be using POM for a sauce for Thanksgiving…

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.


  1. Wow. This looks delicious. And what a great blessing to have them send you POM!! I love getting products to try and tell others about!

    Have a great one!

  2. Mikki,

    Thanks for stopping by. The POM people have been very nice and generous… and I love pomegranate is many forms. I’m finding that I really like cooking with it, especially with pork and chicken.

  3. Hi Curt,

    It looks delicious! We’re having a contest for recipes using POM Fresh pomegranates, would love to see what you create! http://bit.ly/4sX2AZ. Winner gets to be a POM Featured Blogger for 2010.

  4. Andrea, I’m working on some ideas! I did some smoked turkey salad with pomegranates for Tday leftovers last year; I may have to try a stuffed pork tenderloin with pom seeds and a pom sauce!

  5. Curt, that looks wonderful! I got my POM this week and was thinking about using with a turkey breast I am roasting today. I like what you did.

  6. Chris,

    POM and turkey go great together… I’m going to be doing something with that, too, soon, to test out my indoor turkey fryer!

  7. mmmmm….looks totally delish!

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