If you are looking for a delicious week night meal or a fantastic main entrée to serve up at your next back yard BBQ, then be sure to make this Grilled Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Roasted Pineapple Salsa.
Summer is finally here, and my grill is on in full force. During the summer I like to grill up quick meals for the family that are delicious, and you don’t have to stand over the grill for long periods of time. The amazing smoky flavor grilling gives off can’t be replicated anywhere else and that is why being outdoors and cooking over the grill is so coveted during those summer months.
Let’s Get Grillin’
The first part to this recipe is adding a nice zesty rub to the pork chops and it is really easy to make, and you may have quite a few of these spices laying around the house. I used cumin, garlic, onion, chili powder, oregano, pepper flakes and salt. Mix this tasty rub together with some olive oil and then coat the pork chops completely in it. Let the pork sit while you prepare up everything else allowing for those flavors to infuse.
No matter what recipe you are making, it all starts with prepping everything up first so that when it comes to cooking it goes smoothly. It can be hard to trim the outside peelings from a pineapple, but with this GoodCook pineapple slicer it has become incredibly easier taking out any controversy of removing the outside peeling and core. In addition, it can be challenging juicing fresh limes. They are the smaller fruit in the citrus family and can often be really firm and the GoodCook citrus juicer helps extract as much juice as possible while being incredibly easy to operate. When dicing the peppers and onions, creating slices of the same size will help ensure everything cooks up evenly. For dicing onions, I like using the GoodCook Produce Wedger. This handy tool makes getting those even slices quick and easy.
Whenever it comes to cooking different things, it’s all about timing. Cooking things that take longer first while timing what to cook next is key and it all starts with grill temperature. Optimal temp for grilling is in between 450° to 550° and that’s where I keep it for this recipe.
Since pork chops take about 16-18 minutes to cook, you want to lay those down first onto the grill. When it comes to grilling anything, you have to be patient because the food is going to want to stick to the grates. After 8-9 minutes flip over the pork and then add the fruit and vegetables to the grill as well since those will cook quickly. Flip those after 4-5 minutes.
When the pork is done, everything is done. While the pork rests on your serving platter, medium dice the pineapple, peppers and onions and transfer to a bowl. Finish it off with the lime juice, green onions, cilantro and salt. Serve the salsa over top of the grilled pork chops and garnish with any leftover sliced green onions and chopped cilantro. This is a fantastic dish with awesome flavors that I know will be a big hit at your next party.
Grilled Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Roasted Pineapple Salsa
For the Rub
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp garlic granules
- 2 tsp onion granules
- 2 tsp dry oregano
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 double thick cut bone in pork chops
For the Salsa
- 1 prepared pineapple using the GoodCook Pineapple Slicer
- 1 seeded red bell pepper
- 1 seeded poblano pepper
- 1/2 peeled and thickly sliced red onion using the GoodCook Vegetable wedger
- juice of 2 limes
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- salt to taste
- Preheat the grill to 450° to 550°.
- Rub: In a small bowl mix together the cumin, chili powder, garlic granules, onion granules, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt until combined. Transfer the mixture to a cookie sheet tray or a platter.
- Drizzle the olive oil onto the sheet tray along with the spices and mix until combine.
- Add the pork chops to the mixture and mix until coated on all sides.
- Add the pork chops to the grill and cook for 8-9 minutes or until dark grill marks have formed.
- Flip the pork over, cook for a further 8-9 minutes and then evenly spread out the pineapple, peppers, and red onion on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until lightly roasted.
- Remove the pork, fruit and vegetables from the grill and let the pork rest on the plate you will be serving it on for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Medium dice the pineapple, peppers and onions and transfer to a bowl along with the lime juice, green onions, cilantro and salt.
- Serve the salsa over top of the grilled pork chops and garnish with any leftover sliced green onions and chopped cilantro.