Recipe Details

Pina Colada Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

4 New York (top loin) pork chops, 1 to 1 1/2-pounds
3 limes
1/2 cup coconut milk
salt
cayenne pepper, to taste
4 scallions, minced for garnish
1/2 cup cilantro, minced for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions

Marinate the pork in juice of one lime while you prepare a medium-hot fire (5-8 minutes). Grill chops over indirect heat, about 6-8 minutes per side until internal temperature on a thermometer reads  145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.
Warm coconut milk over low heat; season with salt and a pinch of cayenne. Add juice of second lime to sauce. Transfer chops to platter when done. Spoon sauce over chops. Garnish with scallions (and cilantro) and sprinkle with juice from third lime. Serve with rice and remaining sauce.

Serves 4

Serving Suggestions

A taste of the tropics. These quick-marinaded chops have the taste of the popular drink. Serve with rice pilaf and steamed sugar peas.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 213 calories
Protein: 23 grams
Fat: 12 grams
Sodium: 53 milligrams
Cholesterol: 57 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 5 grams
Fiber: 1 grams

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About the Cut: Chop

Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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About the Cooking Method: Grilling

There are two ways to grill pork based on the size of the cut:

  • Direct heat, where food is placed directly over the heat source, is ideal for small cuts like kabobs, tenderloin, burgers and chops.
  • Indirect heat, where food is placed on the grill rack away from the coals or gas burners, is good for large cuts like loin roasts, ribs, shoulder and fresh ham.

COOKING BASICS:
Direct Heat

Arrange hot coals evenly on the fire grate of the grill or use all gas burners. Place pork directly above the heat source. Follow suggested cooking times, turning once during cooking.

Indirect Heat

Bank hot coals on both sides of the fire grate, on one side of the grill or in a ring around the perimeter. For gas grills, pre-heat and then turn off any burners directly below where the food will go. Place pork on the grill so it is not directly over any coals or gas burners and close grill hood. Follow suggested cooking times until pork is done. The heat circulates inside the grill, so turning the pork is not necessary.


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Tips and Tricks

Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.


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Butcher's Tips

It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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