Perfect Summery Pork Chops

Just another fabulous recipe to prepare in the summertime, when pineapple is at it’s juiciest and the urge to grill is irresistible…

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Perfect Summery Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 min + brining time

Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

CHOPS:
4 cups water
2 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
4 (6-ounce) bone-in rib pork chops, about 3/4-inch-thick, trimmed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried crushed rosemary

RELISH:
1 1/4 cups peeled fresh pineapple chunks, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 medium kiwi, peeled and chopped
2 Tablespoons chopped red onion
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Brine Pork Chops: Combine 1 cup of the water, the salt and the sugar in a medium bowl; let stand, stirring once or twice, until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Combine pork, garlic, thyme, and rosemary in a large zip-close plastic bag; add the dissolved sugar mixture and the remaining 3 cups of water. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag; turn to coat the pork. Set in a large bowl to catch any spillage. Brine the pork in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

2. Spray grill rack with canola oil nonstick spray; preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

3. Meanwhile, prepare relish: Combine pineapple, tomato, kiwi, onion, basil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and set aside.

4. Remove the pork from the brine. Discard the brine and pat both sides of the pork dry with paper towels. Place the pork on the grill rack until an instant read thermometer inserted into the side of a chop registers 160°F, about 5 minutes on each side. Serve at once with the relish.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 chop w/ 5 Tablespoons relish
Calories per serving: 218
Fat per serving: 8g
Saturated Fat per serving: 3g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 23g
Cholesterol per serving: 65mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 12g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 5 Old Points Program: 5

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Weight Watcher's Magazine)

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