Grilled Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops with Mango Salsa

A Betty Crocker cookbook shares a healthy recipe! A rub of jerk seasoning gives lean chops extra zip.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

Jerk Seasoning

4
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1
teaspoon packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon ground allspice
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4
to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/4
teaspoon crushed dried sage leaves

Pork

4
bone-in pork loin or rib chops, about 3/4 inch thick (about 2 lb)

Salsa

1
medium mango, cut in half lengthwise, seed removed, peeled and chopped (1 cup)
1/4
cup finely chopped red onion
1
tablespoon finely chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried mint leaves
1
small jalapeño chile, finely chopped (2 to 3 teaspoons)
2
tablespoons lime juice
1/8
teaspoon salt

  • 1 In small glass or plastic bowl, mix jerk seasoning ingredients. Rub evenly on both sides of pork. Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 1 hour to blend flavors.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix salsa ingredients; cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  • 3 Heat gas or charcoal grill. Place pork on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook about 15 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink when cut near bone and meat thermometer inserted in center reads 160°F. Serve pork with salsa.

Expert Tips

Mango adds a tropical flavor that particularly enhances pork and chicken. If fresh mangoes aren't available, use fresh or frozen (thawed) peaches.

Use 2 tablespoons of purchased Jamaican jerk blend seasoning, available in the supermarket with the spices.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
420mg
420%;
Total Carbohydrate
14g
14%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
24g
24%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.