You know, by now, that hoisin and sriracha and I are very good friends. What you didn't know is that I'm also close friends with Sambal Oelek sauce. It's a fresh ground chili paste and it's WONDERFUL! I use to use it all the time and then hadn't been able to find it at my local grocery store, then it had been so long since I had cooked with it, that I kind of forgot about it. Well, the other day I was walking in the Asian food isle of my store and lo and behold, there it was... calling to me.......
So, needless to say I bought some. With it, I created this Asian inspired pork recipe. It's simple and takes no time at all... that's the way I like my recipes most days! If you didn't have Sambal or couldn't find it or didn't want to even try it, you can easily use Sriracha instead, though Sriracha is a bit hotter then Sambal, so add a little at time. Beware, though, Sambal is spicy too, you might want to test it before you just go and add the full amount.
Asian Inspired Pork Chops
4 boneless center cut pork chops
2 Tablespoons Hoisin sauce
1 Tablespoon chili paste (Sambal Oelek Sauce)
juice from 1/2 a lime
1 garlic clove, minced
In a small bowl, mix together the Hoisin, chili paste, lime and garlic. Place pork chops in a Ziploc bag and pour sauce over top. Seal bag and massage sauce around the meat to coat. Marinate in the fridge for 4 hours.
Place pork chops on a preheated grill and cook for 6-8 minutes per side (turning only once). Or you can bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until the pork chops are cooked through. Serve with rice or your favorite side. (I served mine with garlic rice tossed with sauteed zucchini, it was perfect!!) Enjoy!