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Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

I was recently in Atlanta for the BlogHer Food conference, and while I was there I was invited to tag along with the National Pork Board for a Pork Crawl through Atlanta. What’s a Pork Crawl? Well, basically a bunch of us food blogging girls took a limo ride around Atlanta, stopping to sample a ton of pork dishes from top chefs at 3 amazing restaurants: Dogwood, Pura Vida, and Rathbun. Here are some of the great girls I got to hang out with that evening…

You might be familiar with many of these ladies (they’re some of my favorite bloggers!):  Bakerella, Family Fresh Cooking, Picky Palate, Georgia Pellegrini, Steamy Kitchen and Kevin & Amanda

The Pork Board sent me some pork chops, along with a kit that included everything I needed to make this delicious recipe for Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa.  I was pretty curious about the whole thing, since I pretty much kill every pork chop that I try to make.  They assured me this wouldn’t happen.  Turns out they have some JUICY new news to share with the world… the USDA has just recently confirmed that 145 degrees F as measured on a food thermometer, followed by a three-minute rest time, is safe internal temperature for pork chops, roasts and tenderloins. This cooking method promises to result in juicy, tender and flavorful pork. So I put it to the test with this recipe…

Here’s what you start with.  Simple.

Just mix up the spices and you’ve got the rub for your chops.

Rub those chops and let them sit…

… while you grill the fresh pineapple and jalapenos.  Once these have some nice grill marks on them, you’re going to chop them up and mix with a little bit of lime juice and salt to create a simple, grilled pineapple salsa.

Grill the chops on your stovetop grill (or outdoors, if you’re ready for that!)  I loved this indoor grill- the nonstick surface made it a snap to clean.

And there it is… the grilled pork chop topped with grilled pineapple salsa!

My family nearly applauded when they took their first bite.  The pork was tender as can be.  Finally… I didn’t kill the pork chops.  And that grilled pineapple salsa on top was pretty wonderful too.

The National Pork Board is giving one RecipeGirl reader a kit full of all of the things you need to make this recipe.  If you win, here’s what you’ll receive (a $200 value).

· Pork Be inspired branded Apron

· Pork Be inspired Brochure

· Pork Branded Digital Meat Thermometer

· Cuisinart CCJ-100 Citrus Pro Juicer

· Vacu Vin Pineapple Slicer

· Norpro Grip-Ez Jalapeno Pepper Corer

· Four Pork Chops

· Cuisinart Grill Pan

· Dry Ingredients (Salt, Light Brown Sugar, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder)

Readers may enter until Thursday evening, June 9th. I will randomly select one Pork Giveaway winner and announce the winner here on this post on Friday, June 10th. To enter, you must have a USA mailing address (no PO Boxes & excluding Alaska & Hawaii).  This giveaway is now closed.  The randomly selected winner is commenter #233 Natalie!  Congratulations, Natalie!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Chili- Rubbed Pork Chops w/ Grilled Pineapple Salsa

A terrific recipe sent along to me from the National Pork Board. Our family loved this recipe big time...


4 (3/4-inch thick) bone-in pork center loin chops, trimmed
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

3 (1/2-inch-thick) crosswise slices fresh pineapple, trimmed
1 medium jalapeno, halved lengthwise- seeds and veins removed
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
salt, to taste


1. In a shallow bowl, combine chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Sprinkle both sides of the chops with the spice mixture. Let the chops sit at room temperature while you prepare the salsa.

2. Prepare a grill to medium-high hat and lightly oil the grate. Grill pineapple and jalapeno until lightly charred (2 to 3 minutes per side). Remove from the grill and dice pineapple and jalapeno. In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, jalapeno and lime juice. Season to taste with salt.

3. Grill pork until internal temperature reaches between 145 and 160 degrees F (4 to 5 minutes per side).

4. Serve chops with the grilled salsa on top.

Source: (via National Pork Board)

325 Responses to “Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa”

  1. postedJun 6, 2011 3:23 AM

    My favorite way to prepare pork chops is to pan fry – following America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook recipe. I use very little oil, brown on both sides, remove from heat and tent with foil for about 10 min. They are always tender and juicy. I use an instant read thermometer also.

  2. postedJun 6, 2011 3:46 AM

    GRILLED pineapple salsa?! Love that idea!

  3. postedJun 6, 2011 3:47 AM

    My favorite way to make pork is the pork chop and rice casserole that my mom made as I was growing up. It’s so yummy!

  4. postedJun 6, 2011 3:48 AM

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  6. postedJun 6, 2011 4:39 AM

    I love my pork pulled. Smoked, tender and juicy. But this sounds fabulous too!

  7. postedJun 6, 2011 5:05 AM
    Tammy Sorrell

    I love to marinate whole pork tenderloin in a simple lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and a mix of herbs. Then throw it on the grill.
    LOVE the sound of this recipe — cant’ wait to try it later this week!

  8. postedJun 6, 2011 5:11 AM
    Tammy Sorrell

    Been following your blog for several years now and I just “liked” you on Facebook too :)

  9. postedJun 6, 2011 5:13 AM

    I usually will bread them and bake!

  10. postedJun 6, 2011 5:21 AM

    Favorite way to prepare pork is to sear an entire loin and add sliced fennel to caramelize in the pork juices. Finish off in the oven until pinkish and juicy! 145!!!

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  13. postedJun 6, 2011 5:36 AM

    I love making fried chops with no breading and then topping it with an apple/golden raisins/maple syrup glaze.

    It is SO good :)

  14. postedJun 6, 2011 5:37 AM

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  16. postedJun 6, 2011 5:43 AM

    Feel free to laugh, but I haven’t had pork in oh, 20 odd years now. My mother used to make it with shake-n-bake in the microwave and I haven’t touched it since. Just the other day my 9 year old asked why we never eat it, I told him the story and vowed to find an appetizing way to make it (and make me forget the rubber sand coated pork chops of my childhood). I do believe I just found the solution! Thank you!!!

  17. postedJun 6, 2011 5:58 AM

    This recipe looks fantastic! Anything with pineapple pretty much calls my name. I usually just roast or bake pork until it is falling apart for pulled pork. I don’t even remember the last time I made pork chops.

  18. postedJun 6, 2011 6:03 AM

    Pork shish-ka-bobs! Chunk pork and marinate in desired sauce (i love a sweet and spicy teriyaki) and skewer with peppers, onions, mushrooms, pineapples, and zuchinni.

    Served with a baked potato and salad. GREAT grilling food!

  19. postedJun 6, 2011 6:05 AM

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  20. postedJun 6, 2011 6:35 AM

    I love the grilled pineapple salsa!

  21. postedJun 6, 2011 6:37 AM

    I love grilled pork chops with seasoning and bbq sauce. I’m going to try this recipe, looks yummy. Would love to win.

  22. postedJun 6, 2011 6:42 AM

    Look at those delicious looking chops! I’m getting ready to post the giveaway this week too :)

  23. postedJun 6, 2011 6:43 AM

    Browned pork chops covered with sliced white potatoes and then covered with cream of mushroom soup mixed with milk. Simmer until potatoes are soft.

  24. postedJun 6, 2011 6:47 AM

    My favorite pork is baked with a peanut chili glaze on it–so good.

  25. postedJun 6, 2011 6:47 AM

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  26. postedJun 6, 2011 6:48 AM

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  27. postedJun 6, 2011 6:51 AM

    I love pork chops lightly pan fried, served up with some smashed potatoes and sauerkraut!

  28. postedJun 6, 2011 6:53 AM

    yum!! another sinfully good lookin recipe! :)

    my fave way is plain and simple: evoo, s+p, grilled! simplicity rules in my book! the true flavors come out to shine! :)

  29. postedJun 6, 2011 6:53 AM

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  32. postedJun 6, 2011 7:24 AM
    Sandra M.

    Pulled pork made in a slow cooker. Super easy and super yummy!

  33. postedJun 6, 2011 7:25 AM

    My favorite way to prepare pork is stir fry or in the crockpot.

  34. postedJun 6, 2011 7:25 AM

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  35. postedJun 6, 2011 7:35 AM
    mary lindsay

    spicy brown mustard pork chops made in the skillet

  36. postedJun 6, 2011 7:36 AM

    I love to make pork schnitzel!

  37. postedJun 6, 2011 7:42 AM
    Sarah Lyon

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    Sarah Lyon

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    Sarah Lyon

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  40. postedJun 6, 2011 7:58 AM

    I love making pork chili verde in the crock pot!

  41. postedJun 6, 2011 8:16 AM

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  43. postedJun 6, 2011 8:24 AM

    My go-to for pork chops is schnitzel (a German dish – breaded and pan fried). Always a winner and so good served with a side of red cabbage – the ONLY way I’ll eat cabbage.

  44. postedJun 6, 2011 8:27 AM

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  45. postedJun 6, 2011 8:43 AM
    Kristi in CA

    I too had way to many “shake n bake” pork chops as a kid, so we don’t eat them very often in our house. However, this recipe looks so delicious that I have added it to this weeks menu!!! Thank you!

  46. postedJun 6, 2011 8:48 AM

    Yum! Those look awesome! And what a great giveaway. I like breaded pork with parmesan, panko, and herbs. So good!

  47. postedJun 6, 2011 8:48 AM

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  48. postedJun 6, 2011 8:49 AM

    And I follow you on Twitter!

  49. postedJun 6, 2011 9:04 AM

    Nothing beats pulled pork in the slow cooker! Rub it up with some spices, BBQ, ketchup, onions and beer. Then I make my own BBQ sauce to slather it up. Perfect leftovers for enchiladas as well!

  50. postedJun 6, 2011 9:15 AM

    My all-time favorite is BBQ pulled pork!

  51. postedJun 6, 2011 9:15 AM

    I follow you on Twitter

  52. postedJun 6, 2011 9:24 AM

    I love some marinated pork loin. I usually brine it for at least a day. It is so tender and juicy. Looking forward to trying this.

  53. postedJun 6, 2011 9:26 AM

    I love marinated pork tenderloin. It is great to brine it a day in advance and put a yummy rub on the outside and smoke it. Perfection!! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  54. postedJun 6, 2011 9:52 AM
    Ashley T

    I love pulled pork in a slow cooker….so yummy!! But this looks awesome too – I can’t wait to try it!

  55. postedJun 6, 2011 9:53 AM
    Ashley T

    I liked you on facebook!

  56. postedJun 6, 2011 9:53 AM
    Ashley T

    I also follow you on twitter now!

  57. postedJun 6, 2011 10:10 AM

    I usually either make my version of Tyler Florence’s Smothered Pork Chops, or a tenderloin seasoned with a southwestern blend and roasted with peppers, potato wedges, etc. Yumm! This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  58. postedJun 6, 2011 10:10 AM

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  59. postedJun 6, 2011 10:11 AM

    I follow you on Twitter. :)

  60. postedJun 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    We love grilled pork tenderloins.

  61. postedJun 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    I put a pork roast in the crock or oven and slow roast with spices. After shredding…it can become many wonderful things. Great give away.

  62. postedJun 6, 2011 10:27 AM

    Just liked you on Facebook!!

  63. postedJun 6, 2011 10:48 AM

    I love making grilled teriyaki porkchops with homemade teriyaki sauce! Orrrr putting a pork shoulder in the crockpot for hours and hours to make BBQ sandwiches/nachos out of!

  64. postedJun 6, 2011 10:48 AM

    I’m a fan of the spinach and sun dried tomato stuffed pork tenderloin. So delicious and filling!

  65. postedJun 6, 2011 10:49 AM

    And I’m a fan on facebook as well!

  66. postedJun 6, 2011 10:56 AM

    pan cry with some cumin, garlic powder salt and pepper. let it soak in some oj and lime. yummm

  67. postedJun 6, 2011 10:56 AM

    following on twitter!!

  68. postedJun 6, 2011 10:57 AM

    liked on facebook!

  69. postedJun 6, 2011 11:23 AM

    Great idea! Love this.

  70. postedJun 6, 2011 11:35 AM

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  71. postedJun 6, 2011 11:35 AM

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  72. postedJun 6, 2011 11:36 AM

    My favorite pork is a grilled pork rib…OR pork tenderloin roAsted with apples and pears. YUM!

  73. postedJun 6, 2011 11:38 AM

    I love stuffed pork chops with apples. Sooo delicious!

  74. postedJun 6, 2011 11:38 AM

    I am also a facebook follower!

  75. postedJun 6, 2011 11:40 AM

    And a twitter follower, too!

  76. postedJun 6, 2011 12:28 PM

    That salsa sounds delicious! I had a spicy mango salsa at a restaurant last summer, and it was awesome, this reminds of it!

  77. postedJun 6, 2011 12:30 PM

    I like pork grilled. This looks like a great recipe.

  78. postedJun 6, 2011 12:44 PM

    I “like” you on facebook

  79. postedJun 6, 2011 12:46 PM

    My favorite way to prepare & eat porks chops WAS grilled with extra barbeque sauce…but now I think it will be Chili Rubbed with Salsa. :)

  80. postedJun 6, 2011 1:25 PM

    Grilled pork chops are up there, although I also love shredded mexican pork!

  81. postedJun 6, 2011 1:42 PM

    I love to slow cook pork that is marinated in cilantro and lime. It’s a great recipe to make on a weekend when I have a bunch of errands to run.

  82. postedJun 6, 2011 1:42 PM

    I “liked” you on Facebook.

  83. postedJun 6, 2011 1:43 PM

    I usually make either breaded pork cutlets or pulled-pork in the slow cooker…grilled pork sounds great though!

  84. postedJun 6, 2011 2:20 PM

    Our favorite way to have pork shops is to do it slowly on the grill. We add seasoning and usually some bbq sauce at the end. It tastes so yummy!

  85. postedJun 6, 2011 2:20 PM

    I like you on facebook!

  86. postedJun 6, 2011 2:28 PM

    I love pulled pork!

  87. postedJun 6, 2011 2:32 PM

    I follow you on twitter.

  88. postedJun 6, 2011 2:40 PM

    My fav is definitely char siu bao, or BBQ pork buns. Love em!

  89. postedJun 6, 2011 2:41 PM

    I follow you on facebook!

  90. postedJun 6, 2011 2:41 PM

    We love pork here – what a great giveaway!

  91. postedJun 6, 2011 2:48 PM

    What a great giveaway – and this recipe looks delicious! I’m a southern girl, so my favorite type of pork is definitely pulled pork.

  92. postedJun 6, 2011 2:48 PM

    “Liked” you on Facebook!

  93. postedJun 6, 2011 2:49 PM

    Following on Twitter :)

  94. postedJun 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    Liked you on facebook!

  95. postedJun 6, 2011 3:22 PM
    mar g

    Season pork chops to taste. Layer pork chops and 1 can whole cranberry sauce in slow cooker. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8 hours. If you use fresh sweet potatoes, add on top of slow cooker at start of cooking time. If you use canned sweet potatoes, add at last hour of cooking. Makes approx. 6 servings

  96. postedJun 6, 2011 3:31 PM
    Connie D

    I like smothered pork chops. (but I am so stealing mar g’s recipe

  97. postedJun 6, 2011 3:32 PM
    Connie D

    I follow on twitter- that is how I found the contest. (cd0103)

  98. postedJun 6, 2011 3:32 PM
    Connie D

    I like recipe girl on FB. Can’t believe I didn’t already do that.

  99. postedJun 6, 2011 3:38 PM
    Mellisa W.

    I love it grilled with a white BBQ sauce. Thanks!

  100. postedJun 6, 2011 3:39 PM
    Mellisa W.

    I like you on FB. Thanks!

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