Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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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  • d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo wrote:

    This recipe is a favorite of mine. You have to try my chorizo style pork chops – similar but so pack with spicy flavor!!

  • Jessica wrote:

    What is the side dish pictured with the pork chops here? Looks yummy!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s actually just some frozen southwestern veggies mixed with steamed rice! Easy!

  • Laura P. wrote:

    Made this last night–my husband and I both loved it! Such a simple, flavorful meal. Thank you!!

  • NoRecipeRequired wrote:

    Pork and fruit is such an awesome combo. I love to saute some apples slices with some rosemary and serve similar to the way you have the pineapple.

  • Cherie wrote:

    I made this the very same day that I read it on your blog. My family loved it!! And I have a niece that loves all of my recipes, so I am giving her this one!! Thanks so much for your wonderful blog, and facebook page!

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    I forward your receipes to my husband. we like to try new ones. Saw the one for crab and cheese wontons and oing to try it this weekend. We HAVE to get these everytime we get chinese food. love ’em!!

  • debra edwards wrote:

    For Mothers day my husband made teriyaki pork butterflys. They were so good!!!
    He marinated them for a several hours in teriyaki and other spices and then grilled them outside.
    Pork is my favorite meat.

  • Heather wrote:

    I love porkbutt that has marinated in a rub all night and cooked at 200 for 8 to 10 hours. Fall apart deeelicccious!

  • Natalie wrote:

    i love pork with a fruity salsa–we did a peach salsa last summer! but i also love a good pulled pork sandwich 🙂

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    I love a pork roast slow in my crock pot with potatoes and onions. Just simple seasonings of salt, pepper and maybe some garlic. Ok, usually garlic. For pork chops I like em either stuffed with a cornbread stuffing or with a homemade “shake and bake” style topping.

  • Meredyth H wrote:

    I like to fry up a porkchop and serve it with slow-cooked apples with balsamic – yum!

  • Layla T wrote:

    My easy I-have-no-time-to-cook meal is pork roast in the crock pot with BBQ sauce! Perfect sandwiches in 6 hours.

  • Mary Worley wrote:

    I love pork on the grill any kinds of seasoning depending on the mood.

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  • Wendi Gratrix wrote:

    Wish I’d seen this recipe for Chili Rubbed Pork Chops last night! Will try this at the Big Wild Martini Bar & Grill this summer!