Embers One-Pound Pork Chop

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The recession took a heavy toll on Michigan restaurants. The Embers, a long-time stalwart in Mt. Pleasant, MI, didn’t survive. One of our readers asked us to find and feature their signature dish: meaty, saucy pork chops that weighed a full pound each.  Since publishing this recipe, we’ve been pleased to hear from several longtime Embers fans. One of them, John Strahl, shared the following tip from former restaurant owner, Clarence Tuma: “Mr. Tuma recommended putting the cooked chops on a charcoal grill, with the grill as high as possible over the coals, and let them cook slowly for not more than 15 minutes to pick up the smoky charcoal flavor.” Duly noted–very tasty.


Marinade Ingredients

  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp salt

Red Sauce Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1, 14-oz bottle ketchup
  • 1, 12-oz bottle chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard

1-lb Pork Chops Ingredients

  • 6, 1-lb pork chops


  1. Mix soy sauce, water, brown sugar, molasses and salt together and heat to boiling. Let cool. Put chops in oversized ziploc bag, bone side up and pour sauce over. Let stand overnight in refrigerator. Drain sauce. Place in baking pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 375 at least 1 hour. (Original recipe called for 2 hours, but that overcooked them in our recipe tests.)
  2. While chops are baking, combine red sauce ingredients in double boiler and heat until slightly thickened. Remove chops from oven and dip in red sauce. Place back in the oven–lower temperature to 350–bake another 15 to 30 minutes or until the chops take on a glazed appearance. Before serving, place chops on hot charcoal grill for up to 15 minutes to take on a bit of smokey flavor.  To serve, slice chops, fan slices out on plate and accompany with fresh vegetables.

2 thoughts on “Embers One-Pound Pork Chop

  1. I have been looking for this recipe for years! Best restaurant and best pork chop of all time. Brings back such wonderful memories!! Can’t wait to make it! Thank you !

  2. Lived and worked in Midland MI for over 30 years and going to The Embers for their One Pound Pork Chop was a special treat. So happy you made this available because it was lost to me after several household moves. Thanks a lot!!

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