Jerk Pork Chops

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Pork chops are a cut that can easily be dry, tough and flavorless if not grilled properly.  One way to avoid this kitchen disaster is by cooking to the right temperature and marinating the meat for a punch of flavor.  These jerk pork chops definitely did not lack in flavor nor were they dry.  The very tender, flavor meat along with Jamaican rice was a tropical win!

How to make homemade jerk marinade.

Jerk Marinade ingredients

The key step in this recipe is the homemade jerk marinade.  It’s fresh and zesty with a strong kick of heat.  Traditionally, jerk marinades use scotch bonnet peppers.  Unfortunately, these are very hard to get and are not available in my area. A great substitute is the habanero pepper.

In a blender, add habanero peppers, freshly squeezed lime juice, green onion, fresh ginger, garlic cloves, brown sugar, nutmeg, thyme, all spice, soy sauce and white vinegar.  Blend all the ingredients together until everything is liquified.

Marinade Pork Chops

Pour the marinade all over the pork chops making sure to cover all sides. Make sure to leave 1/2 cup for later use. Let it marinade for at least 1 hour allowing the meat to absorb all those wonderful flavors.

How to make the best Jamaican rice.

Jamaican Rice ingredients

Jamaican rice is not as popular as other versions, but man is it delicious and full of flavor!

In a saucepan, add equal amounts of water and coconut milk, red kidney beans, chopped green onion and all spice.  Bring this to a simmer and let it simmer for 10 minutes while the flavors release into the liquid.  Next, reduce to low heat, add in the rice, cover and cook until the rice is done.

How to grill the perfect Jerk Pork Chops.

Jerk Marinated pork chops on grill

Preheat the grill to 400 degrees and set for direct heat. Place the marinated jerk pork chops on the grill and flip every 5 minutes.  Once the internal temperature of the chop reaches 130, brush more of the marinade over the meat and continue grilling until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.

Grilled Pork Chops

Remove from the grill and let it rest before serving.  Enjoy!

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Jerk Pork Chops

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

Jerk Marinade Ingredients

  • 2 Tomahawk pork chops
  • 2 Habanero peppers or Scotch bonnie peppers
  • 2 sticks Green onion
  • 2 Limes - freshly squeezed juice
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Freshly sliced ginger
  • 1 tbsp White vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp All spice
  • Pinch of Salt

Jamaican Rice Ingredients

  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup White rice
  • 1 stick Green onion
  • 1 tsp All spice

Instructions
 

  • For the marinade: in a blender, add habanero peppers, freshly squeezed lime juice, green onion, fresh ginger, garlic cloves, brown sugar, nutmeg, thyme, all spice, soy sauce and white vinegar.  Blend all the ingredients together until everything is liquified.  
  • Pour the marinade all over the pork chops making sure to cover all sides. Make sure to leave 1/2 cup for later use. Let it marinade for at least 1 hour.
  • In a saucepan add equal amounts of water and coconut milk, red kidney beans, chopped green onion and all spice.  Bring this to a simmer and let it simmer for 10 minutes while the flavors release into the liquid
  • Next, reduce to low heat, add in the rice, cover and cook until the rice is done.
  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees and set for direct heat. Place the marinated jerk pork chops on the grill and flip every 5minutes. 
  • Once the internal temperature of the chop reached 130, brush more of the marinade over the meat and continue grilling until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.
  • Remove the jerk pork chops off the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes before serving.

 

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