There’s something that you need to know. Something vitally important.
Grilled pineapple is indescribable.
Grilled pineapple is so juicy, that I don’t even know how the juices get IN there! There isn’t that much ROOM in a slice of grilled pineapple for all the juices that end up dripping down your chin! Where does it COME from???
I don’t get it. I don’t wanna get it. I just want more of it.
Pan-Grilled Pork Chops with (grilled, baby!) Pineapple Salsa
4 bone-in pork chops
1 large lime
1 fresh pineapple
1 small red onion
a grill (indoor/electric works great)
1. Roll the lime around on your counter to get the juices going. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper. Cut lime in half. Drizzle the pork chops with the juices of half the lime. Set pork chops aside.
2. Cut pineapple into slices. How? Lay the pineapple on its side. Cut off the top. Cut off the bottom. Set the pineapple up. Slice it right down the center. Now cut each half in half again. Using a sharp knife, cut away the peel and the inner core. Slice the remaining (good) pieces into, well, slices.
3. Chop red onion into thick slices. Chop jalepeno into slices. Remember, everything goes on the grill – so don’t finely chop anything. It all needs to be manageable.
4. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Spray with Pam. Put onion and jalepeno on grill. Cook 4-6 minutes until onion is tender. Set aside on the cutting board. Now add pineapple slices to grill for 4-6 minutes. While pineapple is grilling, chop onion and jalepeno into chunks. Place in bowl. Remove pineapple from grill, chop it up, and add to bowl. Now drizzle the juice from the remaining 1/2 lime. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper too. Set aside.
5. Re-Pam your grill and add the chops. Cook 5-8 minutes until cooked through. When done cooking, remove from grill and set on plate to “rest” for several minutes. This lets the meat finish cooking and allows juices to disperse evenly through the meat.
6. Serve pork chops alongside (grilled, baby!) pineapple salsa. I also served with plain couscous, that was drizzled with some lime juice. It was a perfect pairing.