Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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This is one of the best pork chop recipes I’ve ever made:  Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa.

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I was recently in Atlanta for a 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.

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.

Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa recipe from
And there it is… the grilled pork chop topped with grilled pineapple salsa!

Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa recipe from
My family nearly applauded when they tasted these for the first time.  The pork is tender as can be.  Finally… this is one recipe where I don’t kill the pork chops.  And that grilled pineapple salsa you see on top is pretty wonderful too.




Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Our family loves this recipe big time...
Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes



  • 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)

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  • KalynsKitchen wrote:

    Looks good! Fresh pineapple is always so good. Thanks for the shout-out!

  • Michele B wrote:

    We have been using this recipe for the last few years and fix it several times every summer. We LOVE IT! Now that I know you had success doing it on the stove in a grill pan, I can serve it several times in the winter as well!! Tonight I am serving it with cilantro lime rice with black beans.

  • Kate Clodfelter wrote:

    This recipe was off the hooook! I added a few extras to my salsa like red onion and tomatoes… and the store was out of jalapeno so I subbed a pablano pepper, which gave it a little kick! At the end of the meal my husband and our friend were debating how much they would pay for that meal in a restaurant… I think that means they liked it 😉

  • Abby wrote:

    What is the rice recipe you made along with the pork chops?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Nothing fancy! I think I just mixed some brown rice with a frozen southwestern blend.