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    >>> it's what's for dinner, that's right on "today's kitchen," bring on the beef.

    >> grilling season fast approaching. hard to figure out what's the best cut of meat to put on the grill, and also fit in your grocery budget. pat is butcher and host of food network show. we're going to start off pork chops which you're looking, sometimes you look in your grocer's meat section and the pork chops have a lot of different names.

    >> there are a lot of different names. and the pork chops we're going to use today are very overlooked and very inexpensive. these are also know as country style spare ribs . i like to cook these at home and it's kind of like the butcher's cut of pork but boneless. what i do is start by browning some shallots. i add red wine .

    >> okay. so far you're doing good. balsamic vinegar , equal parts. and i simmer that down until it's about reduced by half.

    >> okay.

    >> and then my last five minutes of simmering i'm going to add my blueberries, which is going to really bring sweet flavor to that tangy, acidity balsamic.

    >> what do you do next?

    >> i'm going to marinate my country style spare ribs in -- in this, and i'm going to save about half so i can drizzle it all over the final product.

    >> do you marinate it on the counter or in the fridge?

    >> in the fridge. always in the fridge.

    >> okay.

    >> so here they are marinated.

    >> right.

    >> and i'm just going to take one of these beautiful chops and put it right on the grill, making sure my grill is nice and hot for us. that's the sizzle i'm looking for.

    >> how long on each side?

    >> a couple minutes on each side. and pork has become so safe of a meat to eat that the usda actually just lowered the standard from 155 degrees fahrenheit to 140.

    >> wow.

    >> so, okay.

    >> that's pretty good. my mom used to cook it until it was gray.

    >> no, no, no. no more.

    >> okay. then afterwards --

    >> afterthat finishes, you take what's left of your marinade and just drizzle it over the top .

    >> that looks pretty good.

    >> absolutely outrageous. and delicious. and very inexpensive.

    >> in the back we're going to do some korean style short ribs.

    >> yes. short ribs are -- are usually packed with collagen, and it's the muscle in between the rib bones.

    >> a lot of supermodels just put them right on their ribs.

    >> you usually see them about two or three inches and they usually cut for braising.

    >> so these are cut really thin.

    >> really thin.

    >> you have to have your butcher do that.

    >> you have to ask your butcher to do a lot of things. they'll be more than happy to cut them for you. cut this thin you have to braise them. cut this thin you can grill them. and they're as tender as butter.

    >> you've got a couple of cuts here. what are you talking about?

    >> a big buzz about hamburgers. america's favorite comfort food . but you should be able to control what's in your hamburger. to do that ask your butcher for specific cuts of beef.

    >> i like beef brisket .

    >> that's what we haveight here. that's brisket and --

    >> also another "b." birthday. it's your birthday.

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    >> happy birthday .

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    >> they asked me could you carry three glasses of champagne? i said that will be no problem. happy birthday to you.

    >> thank you.

    >> actually we were starting with four.

    >> thanks so much. always good to see you.

    >> thank you. good to see you.

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updated 4/12/2012 6:13:13 PM ET 2012-04-12T22:13:13

Recipe: Blueberry marinade for pork shoulder chops

  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup balsamic
  • 2 tabelspoons olive oil
  • 3 ounces shallots, cleaned and cut
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Wilt down the shallots in the olive oil until brown.

Add in red wine and balsamic and bring to a boil. Reduce to half.

In the final 5 minutes of simmering, add in 1/2 cup blueberries.

Marinade pork chops in half of this mixture for at least an hour. Save the other half to drizzle over the finished grilled chops.

Recipe: Short ribs Korean BBQ marinade

  • 2 pounds thinly sliced (1/3 inch) short ribs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 tabelspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 cloves pressed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 3 stalks finely chopped scallion
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

First score the meat using a knife. Then sprinkle each slice of meat with sugar and set aside.

For the marinade, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, green onions, ginger, garlic and black pepper in small bowl. 

Add marinade to meat. Let meat marinate for two hours.

Grill on high heat.

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