My family is full of picky eaters – but no one complains when these sticky, sweet-hot chops are on the menu! The mixture of pineapple juice, ginger, and hot pepper jelly that make up the glaze for this dish may sound a little crazy, but together, it’s perfection for your chops! This is a super simple recipe, with only 5 ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. Just look at those scrumptious babies grilling away next to my best friend, the pineapple. Mmm.mmm.mmm!! Fire up your grill and let’s get started!
Fiery Island Chops
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5-8 minutes
4 Pork chops (your choice of boneless or bone in)
1/3 cup Hot Pepper Jelly
2 Tbsp Pineapple Juice
4 Pineapple rings
2 tsp minced fresh ginger (I usually grate mine)
4 tsp Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
Step 1: Fire up the grill – you want her pretty hot.
Step 2: Rub your pork chops down with the Jerk Seasoning, massaging it into the meat – if your meat comes in a handy little tray like mine did, just use this and save yourself a dish to wash later. Core, peel, and slice your pineapple into even rings – I use this handy Pineapple Tool.
Step 3: Mix the jelly, pineapple juice, and ginger in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until warm enough to melt the jelly, so you can stir the ingredients together to make your glaze. It shouldn’t have chunks of jelly in it when you’re done.
Step 4: Throw the chops and the pineapple rings on the grill for 5-8 minutes, turning once about halfway through. After flipping the pork chops over, brush a nice amount of the glaze over them. You can glaze the pineapple rings as well. (I prefer not to so the pineapple is the sweet topper to the spicy chop.) Be sure to close the lid on your grill, but leaving the vent on the lid open, so the glaze really marries with your meat. Turn your chops one more time when they’re almost done and glaze the other side. Close all the vents and close the lid, and leave the meat on for just a couple minutes to finish them off.
Step 5: Serve the pork chops topped with a grilled pineapple ring on top for a pretty (and yummy) presentation.
Note: These chops are SPICY! If you have kiddos you’re cooking for, just use a little salt and pepper instead of the Jerk seasoning, and brush with only pineapple juice, no hot pepper jelly.
Variation: You can substitute the pineapple juice and pineapple slices for peach nectar and peach slices for a new and equally yummy dish.