And speaking of summer...it sure is starting to feel like it around here. Oh, sure, we didn't even get to 60 last Saturday - and it was raining all day....BUT...the week before, we actually hit 100 degrees. 100 DEGREES.....in April....come on, I know I live in the desert, but cut us a little slack, huh? I mean, I'll suffer through 112 degrees every day, just let it not get that way until at least June!! Why is that too much to ask for? Granted, I can't complain too much, as I would rather it have been 100 degrees than snowing and 30 below!!
Ok, so I'm done complaining....let's talk pork chops :) Actually, the true star of this show is the Mango Pineapple Salsa....but than again, you probably figured that out since you can see I smothered the pork with it!! This recipe has everything - spicy - fresh - fruity - Ok, well it might not have EVERYTHING, but it is pretty damn good! There's just something about fruit and pork that makes me go...mmmmmmmmm!!!
Spicy Grilled Pork Chops with Mango Pineapple Salsa
4 pork chops (any cut..I used bone in loin chops)
For the Marinade -
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons pineapple juice
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 Tablespoons hot sauce (I used Frank's)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Salsa -
1 mango, diced (click on this link for instructions on how to cut a mango)
1 cup crushed pineapple, drain - juice reserved
handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 green chili, finely diced
dash of lime juice
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade until well blended. Pour/rub over pork and allow to marinate for 4 hours.
Meanwhile, combine the mango, drained pineapple, tomatoes, green chili, lime juice, and parsley. Add a little (or a lot, it's up to you) pineapple juice and stir to combine. Allow to sit in fridge while pork marinates.
Preheat grill to medium-high. Oil the grill grates. Place the pork directly onto the grates and grill for 4-6 minutes per side or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145-150 degrees F. Remove from grill, serve with mango pineapple salsa, and enjoy!
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