If you are looking to try something different for dinner, this recipe for grilled Hawaiian-flavored pork chops is a nice change from the ordinary. These pork chops get a blast of flavor and an extra dose of sweetness from the grilled pineapple. (Grilling pineapple really brings out the sweetness and adds a whole new layer of flavor.) Both the pork chops and the pineapple slices are marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, onion, garlic, and brown sugar to infuse the sweet and salty flavors into the meat and fruit. This results in grilled pork chops and pineapple slices with a nice depth of flavor.
- Drain pineapple reserving 1/4 cup of the juice into a large measuring cup. Add soy sauce, vegetable oil, onion, garlic, and brown sugar and stir to combine.
- Place pork chops and pineapple slices in a large resealable bag. Pour marinade mixture over top. Seal bag and refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Preheat grill to high. Remove pork chops from marinade and place on hot grill. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, turn over and baste with marinade. Cook 7 to 10 more minutes (for a total of 15 to 20 minutes), or until internal temperature reaches 165 F. Discard any remaining marinade after basting.
- During the last few minutes of cooking, place the pineapple slices on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until browned on the surface.
- Top pork chops with pineapple slices, remove from the grill and serve.
Tips and Serving Suggestions
Because the marinade has pineapple juice and brown sugar in it, you may get a flare-up or two when grilling. Keep an eye on the grill when cooking, and move the pork away from the flame if a flare-up occurs. You also may want to cook the pineapple on a more indirect heat so it doesn't burn quickly. And since pineapple has a lot of water in it, it will cause the fruit to become very hot when cooked, so make sure you allow it to cool down a bit before eating.
If you'd like to serve these Hawaiian pork chops and pineapple with a bit of sauce, do not discard the remaining marinade. Instead, place it in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer until it reaches the desired consistency. You will want to accompany this with some steamed rice to help soak up the sauce. Add some green beans and you have a complete and delicious meal.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||37 g|
|Saturated Fat||9 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||19 g|
|Dietary Fiber||2 g|