Combine first six ingredients in a blender or food processor. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream. Process until all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Add pesto and cream cheese to the cooked rice. Mix until cream cheese and pesto are evenly incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Meanwhile, preheat a charcoal or gas grill.
Cut a pocket in the center of each chop, making sure not to cut all the way through. Stuff each pocket with the pesto-rice mixture. Secure the open end with a toothpick. Season outside of each chop with barbeque rub.
Grill the chops for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the juices run clear and the rice stuffing is heated through. Let the chops rest for ten minutes before serving.
2 medium cloves of garlic about 2 teaspoons, minced
1 cup apricot preserves
1 cup chili sauce
½ cup bourbon
⅓ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
For the meatballs:
1 pound ground chicken sausage casings removed
2 large eggs slightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until onion is tender and translucent, about five minutes. Add garlic and sauté for an additional 30 seconds.
Combine the remaining sauce ingredients. Add to the pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Sauce with thicken as it cools.
Form chicken sausage into 2-inch meatballs. Roll meatballs in eggs. Then coat with flour.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches if needed, add meatballs to hot oil and fry until outside is golden brown and meatballs are cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Drain meatballs on paper towels.
Serve meatballs alongside Apricot Bourbon Sauce for dipping