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Recipe courtesy of H. Royce Patrick

Sweet Tea-Marinated Pork Chop Sandwich

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 6 hr 35 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Four 4-ounce boneless pork chops

4 cups freshly brewed tea, sweetened to taste, chilled or at room temperature

Vegetable oil, for frying 

2 cups all-purpose flour 

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons seasoning salt 

1 teaspoon granulated garlic 

1 cup milk 

4 large hamburger buns 

4 tomato slices

4 red onion slices

Leaf lettuce, for serving

Desired condiments, for serving


Special equipment:
a deep-frying thermometer
  1. Working one at a time, put the pork chops between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with the flat side of a meat mallet to a 1/4 inch thickness. Combine the pork chops and sweet tea in a container, cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Pour enough oil into a large, heavy skillet to come 1 inch up the sides (or use a deep fryer). Heat the oil over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 325 degrees F.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the flour, pepper, seasoning salt and garlic in a shallow bowl or plate and mix to blend well. Pour the milk into a shallow bowl. Remove the pork chops from the tea; discard the tea. Dip the pork in the milk, then dredge in the seasoned flour to coat thoroughly. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Place the pork chops on the heels of the hamburger buns and top each with tomato, onion and lettuce. Cover with the top half of the buns and serve with the desired condiments.