Cuban Pork Chops with Pineapple

What You Need

1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon hot chile flakes
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
4 pork loin rib chops (3/4 in. thick, 6 to 8 oz. each)
12 ounces peeled and cored pineapple
1 red onion (8 oz.)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
Lime wedges

Here's How

In a 1-cup glass measure, whisk pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, ginger, allspice, chile flakes, and dry mustard to blend. Trim fat on pork chops to 1/4 inch; rinse and pat dry. Place chops in a 1-gallon zip-lock plastic bag and add all but 1/4 cup juice mixture. Seal bag and turn to coat. Let stand, turning bag occasionally, at least 20 minutes. (For more intense flavor, marinate the pork the night before.)

Cut pineapple into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Peel onion and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices, discarding ends. Place both in a rimmed dish and drizzle evenly with remaining juice mixture. Let stand about 20 minutes, turning slices once.

Remove pork chops from marinade (discard marinade) and lay chops pineapple, and onion on an oiled grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook, turning once, until pineapple and onion are browned, 5 to 6 minutes total, and pork is browned on the outside and no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 5 to 7 minutes total.

Transfer pork chops to plates. Garnish with grilled pineapple and onion. Sprinkle with mint; offer lime wedges to squeeze over pork. Makes: 4 servings

While the pork, pineapple, and onion for this dish marinate, cook rice and heat canned black beans to serve alongside. Also consider serving coleslaw dressed with a white wine vinaigrette spiked with cumin seeds, chopped fresh cilantro, and minced garlic.
Sunset Magazine, June 2005

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