Friday, September 13, 2013

Grilled Jerk Pork Chops with Mango and Rum Sauce

Yes. Please. Thank. You.  I made yummy noises through the whole thing and I ate every bite.  The sauce totally makes the dish.  The mango I used was very ripe and it was SO tasty warmed and grilled.  Don't say goodbye to summer yet!!

Grilled Jerk Pork Chops with Mango and Rum Sauce
adapted from Andrea's Recipes

1 tbsp jerk seasoning (recipe below)
2 tbsp fresh lime juice, divided
1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil, divided
1 lb boneless pork chops, trimmed and pounded 1/2" thick
2 ripe mangoes
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup golden rum
2 tsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt

Jerk Seasoning Mix: (it makes quite a bit, so I'm storing mine in a mason jar until I make this again)
1 tbsp garlic powder
2-3 tsp cayenne powder (depending how hot you want it)
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine 1 tbsp jerk seasoning, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tsp oil in a medium bowl.  Add pork chops and rub the mixture in.  Allow to rest for 20 minutes.  Cut the mangoes vertically just avoiding the pit and you'll have 2 almost even sides.  Score each side on the mango meat side so that you have 1" squares, but don't cut through the skin.  Brush the scored sides with a little bit of oil.  Heat the grill to medium-high heat and rub lightly with a little oil.  Cook the pork for about 5 minutes a side, until cooked through.  Place the mangoes on the grill, skin side up, when you flip the pork.  They should have light grill marks on them when they're done.  Remove from grill.  With a towel protecting your hand, use a large spoon to remove the mango squares from their skins and place on top of the pork chops.  Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, rum, butter and salt in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened.  Stir in 1 tbsp lime juice.  Drizzle the sauce over the pork chops and mangoes and serve.

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