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Cuban Pork with Pineapple

Great for a night of grilling.

Prep time:

10 mins (4+ hours to marinate)

Cook time:

10 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (we use low sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar (adjust for desired level of sweetness)
  • 1 tablespoon Pour Olive's Classic or Garlic olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chile flakes (adjust for desired heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4 pork loin rib chops (3/4 in. thick, 6 to 8 oz. each)
  • 12 ounces peeled and cored pineapple
  • 1 red onion (8 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves, opt.
  • Lime wedges, opt.

Method:

  1. In a bowl whisk pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, Pour Olive oil, ginger, allspice, chile flakes, and dry mustard to blend.
  2. Trim fat on pork chops to 1/4 inch; rinse pork and pat dry. Place chops in a 1-gallon zip-lock plastic bag and add all but 1/4 cup juice mixture. Seal bag and turn to coat. Let stand, turning bag occasionally, at least 20 minutes, or chill up to 1 day (see notes).
  3. Meanwhile, cut pineapple into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Peel onion and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices, discarding ends. Place both in a rimmed dish and drizzle evenly with remaining juice mixture. Let stand about 20 minutes, turning slices once.
  4. Lay chops (discard marinade), pineapple, and onion on an oiled grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook, turning once, until pineapple and onion are browned, 5 to 6 minutes total, and pork is browned on the outside and no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 5 to 7 minutes total.
  5. Transfer chops to plates. Garnish with grilled pineapple and onion. Sprinkle with mint; offer lime wedges to squeeze over pork.
    Enjoy!