The horrible thing about having leftover pork chops in the fridge is that I end up making things like a hot pork, ham, bacon and swiss sandwich.

Did I say horrible? I meant amazing.

This sandwich is AMAZING.

I call it, “No Regrets”.

Other names considered were “YOLO” and “Porky Paid the Price”.

Also considered, “Gout Is My Friend”.


A Viking Cooks: Porkapalooza

Today I’m making my favorite pork recipe, which I call Porkapalooza:

1) Boil up a delicious brine (see below)

2) Add a platter of yummy pork chops to brine.

3) Ignore for four hours

4) Grill pork chops, brushing with olive oil as they finish.

5) Boil brats in the leftover brine, then grill just to brown and crisp.

6) Try to avoid developing Gout.


1 bottle dark beer of your choice (Honey Brown is delightful)
6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbs molasses
Red Pepper Flakes to taste
3/4 cup kosher salt

Heat all the above, stirring, until just begins to boil.
Take off heat.
Stir in ice until liquid is room-temperature-ish.