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These Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops are an easy recipe for a quick weeknight dinner. This mouthwatering sweet and savory dish is the perfect summer meal!
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When it comes to grilling, I think there are two types of people.
The first are the people who will pull their grills out for the warm summer months. They try to squeeze in as many days to grill as they possibly can in that few short months before sending that grill back to it’s home in the shed or garage to hibernate until things thaw a bit.
The second are the all-year-around grillers. The ones who say, “A little snow? Psh! Bring it, Mother Nature! I want my meat to have those perfect cross-hatches!” J and I happily fall into this category. Now, that’s not to say that J spends all winter shivering over the grill. But we’re not afraid to head outside to get that delicious, lightly-charred flavor in January.
That being said, we certainly grill much more in the summer, since the warmer weather calls for lighter, simpler fare. It’s one of the things I look forward to most once the weather starts warming up. What’s not to love about sitting out on the patio and relaxing while your kids play and your dinner grills?
We’ve officially reached the point in the year where we are desperately ready to spend more time outside. Especially after Mother Nature unleashed her own Wild-West-level wind storm and snow storm upon us back in March. Now that we’re (finally!) at the point where we can pile the girls into our red wagon and walk to the playground without worrying about getting frostbite, it seems only appropriate to share some killer recipes for the grill!
And with warmer days on the horizon, it only makes the need to have quality family time even more apparent. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be playing with my girls than standing over a stove, frantically trying to get dinner on the table.
I think it’s super important to have some quick and delicious go-to recipes for those nights when 5 o’clock rolls around and you haven’t even begun to think about dinner yet. And that’s where Smithfield All Natural Pork comes in. It’s easy to prepare but still versatile enough to to enjoy on a busy weeknight or a relaxed weekend dinner with friends.
I love that you don’t have all the added hormones, steroids or artificial ingredients, but you still get a tender and juicy pork chop that’s really high quality and full of great flavor. Not to mention that Smithfield All Natural Pork is raised in the USA by Smithfield farm families. So you know their products are made with commitment, care and compassion.
Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I found out I had the opportunity to create a delicious and quick summer recipe featuring Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops. I knew exactly what direction I wanted to go and each recipe test tasted even more fantastic than the last!
These Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops are sweet and savory. The little bit of char you get from the grill goes perfectly with both the meat and the sweet pineapple. Add some rice and you’ve got yourself a delicious, meal in less than 30 minutes!
Even though these can marinate for as little as 10 minutes, they also taste great if you freeze them in the marinade and then thaw them when you’re ready to use them.
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These Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops are an easy recipe for a quick weeknight dinner. It's really easy to marinate in things like soy sauce and brown sugar and goes great with grilled pineapple and rice. This mouthwatering sweet and savory dish is the perfect summer meal!
20 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
Yields 5 Pieces
- 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you want it to be spicy)
- 3 large cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
- 2 Tbsp. ketchup
- 1 can of pineapple rings (reserve 1/2 cup of the juice for the marinade)
- 1 package of Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops
- 2 Tbsp. corn starch
- Chopped scallions
- Whisk the low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil. brown sugar, ground ginger, red pepper flakes, garlic ketchup and pineapple juice until well combined.
- Pour the marinade over the Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops and let them sit for at least 10 minutes or overnight (you can also freeze them in the marinade and thaw them for later use).
- Spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray and heat it to medium-high.
- Place the meat and pineapple rings on the grill and reserve the marinade to make the sauce. Grill them for 4-5 minutes on each side. Rotate them a little bit midway through each side if you want a nice crosshatch grill mark (this is optional). Keep an eye on them because every grill is different- mine were thin but if your meat is thicker you can go a little longer.
- Once the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (or longer if you want them well done) remove the from the grill and rest them for 10 minutes.
- While your meat rests, whisk the cornstarch into the marinade and strain it into a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until it starts bubbling then reduce it to low heat for a couple minutes to thicken the sauce.
- Drizzle your meat and pineapple with sauce, sprinkle with chopped scallions and enjoy!
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