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Jalapeño Grilled Pork Chops

Time: 45 min, Makes 8 Chops


  • 5 -6 pickled jalapeño peppers
  • 5 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 bunch cilantro, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 packed cup)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 8 bone-in pork loin chops (1/2-inch thick)


  1. In a food processor, blend the jalapeños, garlic, cilantro stems, rice vinegar, olive oil, salt and sugar until smooth. Place the pork chops in a large bowl or resealable container and pour the marinade over them and evenly coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
  2. While the chops are nearly finished marinating, prepare a charcoal grill for direct high-heat cooking, or heat a gas grill to medium-high.*
  3. Carefully grease the grill grate: Use tongs to grip a wadded paper towel dipped in oil and then rub the grates with the oiled towel. With the marinade clinging to them, place the pork chops on the hot grill. Grill until the chops are charred at the edges and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 3 minutes per side. The meat is ready to flip when it releases easily from the grates. (If using a gas grill, close the lid between flips.)
  4.  Garnish with more cilantro or jalapenos, and serve with roasted broccoli or grilled pineapple.

*Alternatively, cook the chops on the stovetop in batches. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high. Add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan, and heat until shimmering. Add the chops, with the marinade clinging to them, to the pan. Sear until browned and caramelized at the edges and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side.


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