Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Pork
BBQ Season is officially here. Skip the burgers and consider this new option on tonight’s menu. Using leaner cuts of meat and adding a tropical twist it's a definite crowd pleaser!
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus 2 hour marinade time)
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 pork chop loin and 1 pineapple slice
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons less-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 (4-ounce) boneless pork loin chops, trimmed of fat
- 4 thickly sliced fresh pineapple rings
- In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ground ginger, onion powder, and garlic powder to make a marinade.
- Place the pork chops in a large resealable bag and add the marinade to coat. Seal the bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours up to overnight. If possible, turn the bag every hour or so to evenly cover the pork chops with the marinade.
- Transfer the pork chops to a shallow dish. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan.
- Place the saucepan of marinade over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the slurry. Cook, whisking, until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to use as a base for the grilled pork chops and pineapple.
- Preheat an indoor grill, pan, or outdoor BBQ to medium-high heat. Lightly coat the grill rack of the indoor grill or grill pan with cooking spray.
- Place the pork chops on the grill and cook until the internal temperature reaches 145° F, 4 to 5 minutes per side, brushing often with the sauce as you grill.
- Add the pineapple slices to the grill and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on both sides.
- Let the pork chops rest for 2 to 4 minutes before serving.
- To serve, place one grilled pineapple slice on top of each pork chop and serve with any remaining marinade sauce.
- Easily switch out your favorite protein in place of pork. This recipe works well with other lean meats like chicken breast.
Per Serving: Calories 180g; Fat 8g; Saturated Fat 2.5g; Carbohydrates 13g; Fiber 0g; Sugar 9g; Protein 24g.
Jody Byrne, RD, CDE, specializes in diabetes education and coordinates The Everett Clinic employee wellness program.
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