Reduce by Half Episode 1: Rioja-style Pork Chops

Welcome to Episode 1 of Reduce by Half: Rioja-style Pork Chops. In this episode we share a Rioja-style Pork Chop recipe, talk about Spanish wine from Rioja and share a little bit of Spanish culture. We also have a giveaway featuring the meat and wine we use in podcast. Listen to the episode by using the player below or click here to listen on iTunes. Keep reading for this week’s recipe, wine pairing, book suggestions and giveaway entry form!

Rioja-style Pork Chops Recipe

  • Pork Chops for Rioja Syle Pork Chops
    Select high quality, thick cut, bone-in pork chops for this recipe.
  • Seasoned Rioja-style Pork Chops
    Let your pork chops sit with the seasoning for at least 15 minutes. This will dry brine them and help keep them flavorful and moist.
  • Searing Rioja-style pork chops
    A big cast iron skillet is perfect for this recipe. The Pork Chops will sear beautifully.
  • Seared Rioja-style Pork Chops
    Give the chops a good sear on both sides.
  • You'll also need minced garlic, red wine, tomatoes, red pepper, onion and olive oil.
  • Sautéing Vegetables
    Sauté your veggies until they're soft.
  • El Coto Rioja
    Pair this Rioja-style Pork Chop recipe with a Rioja wine like El Coto. Use it for both cooking and drinking!
  • Tomatoes and Wine in Pot
    After the veggies are soft, you can stir in the tomatoes and red wine.
  • Stewing Rioja-style Pork Chops
    Add the pork chops back in, cover and simmer!
  • Finished Rioja-style Pork Chops
    After simmering, your Pork Chops will be ready when they reach 145º and the vegetables are soft.
  • Rioja style pork Chops
  • Plated Rioja-style Pork Chop
    Serve over rice and garnish with fresh oregano.

Here’s a quick overview on how to make the Rioja-style Pork Chops we talked about on this recipe. You can view the full recipe on our recipe section.

Rioja Style Pork Chop Recipe Card

El Coto Rioja Wine Pairing

El Coto de Rioja is the largest owner of vineyards in Rioja, Spain. They make delicious wines that reflect a traditional Rioja style with modern production techniques. Their El Coto Crianza Rioja is a wine that’s made from 100% Tempranillo grapes by winemaker César Fernandez. It’s been aged 12 months in oak and 6 months in bottle before release. Fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry are mixed with oak, vanilla and cedar. For around $15, it’s a great value and a perfect pairing for our Rioja-style Pork Chops.

You can learn more about El Coto de Rioja on their website by clicking here.

Resources on Spanish Cuisine

If you’re interested in more Spanish recipes, we highly recommend the books of Penelope Casas. We used a recipe in her book “1,000 Spanish Recipes” as the basis for our Rioja-style Pork Chops. You can buy her books from Amazon at the links below:

(If you purchase via the links provided, LGCM will receive a commission from Amazon, so thanks for helping us out!)


You could win four 1″ thick Pork Chops and a bottle of El Coto Rioja wine! Just fill out the form below before May 1st, 2017 and you’ll be entered to win.

We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you have any questions or feedback on this episode, leave us a comment below. Remember, you can subscribe to Reduce by Half on iTunes by following this link. We’ll see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!

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