• 4 thick-cut boneless New York (top loin) pork chops, about 1 1/2-inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • Cool Cucumber-Tomato Salad

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/4 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese salad dressing, or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper
In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, hot sauce, cayenne, salt, garlic powder and onion powder, stirring to make a paste. Divide paste into two small bowls, with about 2/3 of paste in one bowl, and 1/3 in another. Arrange pork on a plate or platter and use a butter knife to thinly spread about 2/3 of the spice paste from one bowl over both sides of the meat. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Prepare a grill to medium-hot heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill pork until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. (medium rare) to 160 degrees F. (medium), 4 to 5 minutes per side. (It’s okay if some of the spice paste sticks to the grill.) Transfer chops to a platter and spread remaining spice paste from second bowl on top, and set aside to rest 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the Cool Cucumber-Tomato Salad: In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, parsley and salad dressing, tossing gently. Add more dressing and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve chops with cucumber-tomato salad alongside. Pass additional hot sauce at the table.


4 servings
Make this recipe your own by using ranch dressing instead of blue cheese or cilantro instead of parsley. On the side, serve grill-roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes—or good, old-fashioned barbecued potato chips.

Calories: 350 calories

Protein: 44 grams

Fat: 15 grams

Sodium: 890 milligrams

Cholesterol: 125 milligrams

Saturated Fat: 3 grams

Carbohydrates: 10 grams

Fiber: 3 grams