Mojo is a Caribbean marinade made with citrus and garlic. If this jumbo chop cut dwarfs your appetite, cut the meat from the bone and share. The peppy pineapple and mango salsa almost hogs the spotlight—it's good enough to eat like a salad.

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

25 mins
5 hrs


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • For marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk together orange juice, 1/3 cup lime juice, the brown sugar, garlic, 1 jalapeño pepper, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, 2 teaspoons cumin, the oregano, and a dash hot sauce (if using). Slowly add oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly until mixture is emulsified.

  • Place pork chops in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Add marinade. Seal bag and turn to coat chops. Chill 4 to 6 hours (but not longer than 12 hours, because the acid in the marinade will begin to break down the muscle fibers of the meat, making it mushy).

  • Thirty minutes before grilling the pork, prepare fruit salsa. In a large bowl, combine pineapple, mango, cilantro, red onion, and 2 jalapeño and/or Fresno peppers. In a smaller bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup lime juice, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, the granulated sugar, and a dash hot sauce (if using) until salt and sugar are dissolved. Pour over fruit and toss to coat. Cover and chill until needed.

  • To grill chops: Create hot (direct) and cooler (indirect) zones in your grill, preheating the hot zone to high. Drain and discard marinade from chops. Season both sides of chops with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and the black pepper.

  • Place chops on grate over indirect heat. Cover and grill chops until internal temperature reaches 125°, 20 to 25 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling. Move chops over direct heat in hot zone of grill. Grill until internal temperature reaches 145° and chops are seared, 5 to 10 minutes, turning once.

  • Transfer chops to a platter. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve chops with fruit salsa.

Nutrition Facts

288 calories; fat 8g; cholesterol 76mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 23g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 2g; insoluble fiber 3g; sugars 17g; protein 31g; vitamin a 584.3IU; vitamin c 75mg; thiamin 0.5mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 8.6mg; vitamin b6 1.1mg; folate 38.3mcg; vitamin b12 0.5mcg; sodium 452mg; potassium 635mg; calcium 63mg; iron 1.5mg.