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Bring on the “Mojo” Pork Chops

Bring on the 'Mojo' Pork ChopsGuy Fieri, celebrity chef and television personality, creates a chop recipe for summertime entertaining. Do not let the ingredients fool you. This quick marinated recipe is a great way to enjoy your backyard grill. Serve with a fresh tomato salad and grilled corn on the cob.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 bone-in pork rib chops, cut 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch thick
1 1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
2 cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 teaspoon)
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup watercress
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1/2 avocado (ripe), sliced

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place pork in large, resealable plastic bag. Add 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup lime juice, and the vinegar; close bag to seal. Turn bag to evenly coat pork with marinade. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in small mixing bowl add and combine all dry spices.
  3. Lightly oil cold grill rack; preheat gas grill to medium-high. Remove pork from marinade; discard marinade in bag. Sprinkle and rub both sides of chops with spice mixture.
  4. Grill chops, uncovered, over direct heat for 12 to 16 minutes or until internal temperature of pork reaches 160°F (70°C), turning chops over halfway during grilling. Transfer chops to cutting board. Loosely cover with foil; let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium sauté pan, over medium heat, heat olive oil, add onions and sauté for 2 minutes; then add garlic, continue to cook about 1 minute more or until garlic begins to brown. Remove sauté pan from heat. Add remaining 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, and the white wine. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduce to half of the amount.
  6. To serve, pour sauce over chops. Garnish with watercress, tomato and avocado.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 recipe): Calories: 550 calories; Protein: 55 grams; Fat: 29 grams; Sodium: 1440 milligrams; Cholesterol: 150 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 9 grams; Carbohydrates: 12 grams; Fiber: 3 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.