Tropical Island-Spiced Pork Chops with a Corn-Cilantro Salsa

by Chris Wessely
(Hudsonville, MI USA)

Ingredients:

• 4 - 1” thick pork chops
• ½ cup - crushed pineapples from can (small pieces) with juice
• 1 can - chicken broth
• ½ cup – well drained sweet corn (whole kernel from can)
• ½ cup – Diced Cilantro
• 1 – lime, zested then cut in half
• ½ cup – red onion
• ½ cup – peeled and diced cucumber
• 1 tsp – course black pepper
• ½ tbs – All Spice
• 1 tsp – chili powder
• 1 tsp – Kosher salt
• ½ tsp – Ground red pepper (cayenne)
• 1 tbs - honey

Equipment:
• Grill (charcoal – no lighter fluid used)
• Cast Iron skillet
• 1 ramekin

Prep work:
1. Make your rub: In a small bowl, mix together the black pepper, all spice, chili powder, salt, and cayenne.
2. Rub the spice mix on both sides of the pork, leave out and bring to room temp.
3. Start the charcoal in grill
4. Make your glaze – mix chicken broth, zest of entire lime, and honey in a ramekin

Grilling
Once coals are at their hottest (keep lid open at this point), put on your ramekin filled glaze and your empty cast iron skillet over the fire, leaving space for the pork chops. Once the cast iron skillet is hot, add corn and onion and slightly brown. Then, add the pineapple and cucumber, sliding the skillet to the side (cooler side of grill). Lastly, add the cilantro, pineapple and lime juice – remove from heat.

Simultaneously, while making your salsa, place pork chops on rack directly over the hottest coals and brush with glaze. You’ll wait around 5 minutes then flip (you can tell when the sides of the pork are cooked half way through). Cook another 5 more minutes on the other side, then move off too a cooler part of grill (keep glaze over high heat to reduce). Glaze and close the lid for another 5 minutes.

Check pork for doneness (use a thermometer or cut into meat). Let rest under aluminum foil for 10 minutes.

Glaze pork one final time then top with salsa.

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Wow!
by: Luke

The lime with the spiced rub was out of this world. how did you think to put together such different ingredients?

good idea
by: Anonymous

what a way to utilize the grill, turning it into 3 cooking stations.

Great combo ideas
by: Al

I've got to try this tomorrow - it sounds awesome. I can taste it now!

Good Job!
by: Kim W

Great Job, Chris. Keep up the good dishes;-)

SUPER DISH
by: KEEGAN

THIS IS A WINNER FOR SURE - ANYONE READING THIS, YOU SHOULD REALLY TRY THIS. SUPER EASY TO DO, WITH AWESOME RESULTS...EVEN FOR A ROOKIE LIKE ME!

I loved it
by: Sumio JW

I'll pass this on to my friends, they'll appreciate it for sure. thanks a ton!

Sounds awesome
by: Victor

I'll be making this tonight! Wish there was a picture!

well done
by: Marvin

delicious!

real good meal
by: Nick from Florida

this works on fish too! very good idea!

perfect!
by: Maria S.

I made this for my parents when they came into town a few days ago. They were very impressed with me!

I wish you had a picture up so I can see how you plated it ;-)

very tasty!
by: Luke Dehammer

Great work.

sounded good
by: Anonymous

tastes good too.

Thanks!
by: Anonymous

good job

Nice!
by: J.J.B.

fa-gettaboutit!

nice idea of using the grill for all the prep work too- it worked great. i didn't have to keep running into the house - back and forth cause it was all right there in front of me.


Super!
by: Merideth

5 stars to you on this one. easy to find all ingredients at the store, easy enough to make myself...and I really can't cook!
(I did this stovetop and it worked perfectly!)

left wanting more
by: Ravi

not a typical fan of corn, I have to admit, I really liked this!

Lovely Dish
by: Mary V.

Thank you for the recipe! Loved it!

Great Flavor!
by: Tom M

My Wife and I tried this last night and it was truly amazing flavor. 5 stars all the way. I printed this off - it's a keeper.

-Tom

A kick with a sweet island zest, Excellant
by: Timothy G. W.

Good, very good outdoor recipe that works in the kitchen as well. (Indoors, a teaspoon of smoke flavoring does the trick).It seems and is very versatile as well, was able to double the amount of posk and works just fine. The recipe deserves five stars. Only critique, I used half the pinapple before moving to the cooler side of the gril than lastly used the other half. See your instructions, believed you meant this and it works.Again, well done chef Chris.

Great Recipe!
by: Matt

A fantastic recipe!!!

Awesome
by: Caroline

Tried this with guest the other night, loved it...no left overs. Perfect for the summer!

Homey yet exotic!
by: Carce

We tried these yesterday. They were so yummy and easy to do!! Ingredients are also easy to find! 5 stars!

Exotic Chops To Die For!
by: Kyle

What a great way to enjoy some awesome thick cut chops! Easy to prep and super delicious!

KILLER DISH!
by: Anonymous

WE JUST TRIED THIS AT HOME AND WOW!
IT WAS SPICY, SWEET, AND SAVORY...TOTALLY GENIUS.

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