Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chili Rubbed Pork Chops (organic)

Chili Rubbed Pork Chops
With Grilled Pineapple Salsa
        4 Pork boneless rib chops (approx. 1 “ thick),  trimmed
        1 Tbls Chili Powder
        1/2 Tbls. Light Brown Sugar, packed
        3/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
        3/4 Tsp. Onion Powder
        1/2 Tsp. Coarse Sea Salt

Pineapple Salsa
        3 slices Fresh Pineapple, cut crosswise about 1/2-inch thick, trimmed
        3 Jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and veins removed
        1 Tbls. Lime Juice
        Coarse Sea Salt, to taste

Cooking Directions:
1.    In a shallow bowl, combine chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Sprinkle both sides of pork with spice mixture.
2.    Prepare a grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill pork until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Grill pineapple (if using fresh) and jalapeno until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side.  Remove chops from grill and let rest 5 minutes.
3.    Meanwhile, dice pineapple and finely dice jalapeno. In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, jalapeno, and lime juice and season to taste with salt.

Serving Suggestions:
You can make the salsa with grilled peaches, nectarines or mangoes. If you like, add chopped onion or cilantro to the salsa.  Likewise, feel free to play with the rub ingredients to make the mixture your own