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Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Recipe

Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Recipe

Let these chops marinate while you're at work. When you get home, you can have a hot meal ready in minutes! It's easy to see why this tasty Asian-flavored recipe is a hit with Barbara Lopshire of Holland, Michigan.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min. YIELD:2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha Asian hot chili sauce or 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 boneless butterflied pork chops (1/2 inch thick and 5 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • 1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, chili sauce, garlic and reserved pineapple juice; add pork chops. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • 2. Drain and discard marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill pork chops, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4-5 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  • 3. Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over both sides of pineapple rings. Grill for 1-2 minutes on each side or until browned. Serve with pork. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop with 2 pineapple rings equals 266 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 fruit.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.