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Perfectly grilled pork chops, topped with a pina colada sauce for a tasty way to crash the grill at a BBQ or party! Plus a giveaway for a $75 Kroger card and instant read meat thermometer! Enter at the bottom of this post.
You guys!!! School is out, summer is here, and that means later nights, a little more freedom, lots of family time, and of course, cooking on the barbeque.
You may remember from a few weeks back when I shared this mouthwatering Sweet and Sour Pork Chops recipe that I had a family reunion coming up, and I was planning to crash the grill with pork.
I know a lot of people cook hamburgers and hot dogs, or steaks on the grill, but I just love grilled pork. It is tender, juicy, flavorful, and a lot cheaper than many other grilling options. And there are so many fun ways to dress it up. You can sauce it with something sweet, something savory, or something in between.
I knew I wanted to go sweeter for my family reunion because there would be lots of kids there, and I don’t know about you guys, but my kids just love sweet. So after trying a bunch of version, I settled on what I was going to do for the reunion. A Pina Colada Pork Chop!!!
And I am so glad I did. It was so amazing. So before I go any further, I wanted to share this video showing you how easy it is to make Pina Colada pork chops, and some footage from my family reunion where I shared them. It was so fun!
I don’t know if you could tell, but we all LOVED them. Not only were they moist and flavorful, but that sauce! I want to pour it on everything. Seriously. It is just that good. I couldn’t get enough of it. And as you saw in the video, super easy to make!
If you use a different hot sauce, yours might look a little different than mine, but don’t worry, it will still taste awesome. I used Harrissa, which is kind of chunky, so it had chunks of red in it. But use whatever you have or like best.
For my family reunion my sister in law (who organized everything) had asked me if I would be in charge of one meal. As I love food, and especially love feeding people, I of course said I would, and knew right away I wanted to make grilled pork chops.
I went shopping at Smith’s, my local Kroger Banner store, and there were so many different options to choose from. This recipe is for Ribeye Pork Chops, but if you prefer boneless, go for it. I ended up doing both for the reunion because most of the kids didn’t want bones. It worked great! And the flavor was phenomenal.
Quick Tip: If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can always ask the butcher to help you, or even cut them for you. I love a thick chop cooked at a lower temperature, so sometimes I will ask for them to be cut just for me!
You may remember from the Sweet and Sour Pork Chop recipe I offered grilling tips for getting the best chops ever, and went into detail as to why you’d want to implement each tip. They apply for this recipe as well. But I will sum them up shortly.
Brine or salt your pork before grilling. This helps keep them moist and flavorful. For this recipe I opted for a quick brine by generously salting the chops 30 minutes before putting them on the grill.
I preheated my grill, and then once I put my chops on, I left them alone so a nice sear could occur without torn meat.
After 4-5 minutes I flipped them.
Then I let the chops cook another 4 minutes, and tested the internal temperature with my quick read thermometer. In order for pork to be cooked right, it needs to be at least 145 degrees F (medium rare), but can be cooked up to 160 degrees F. Don’t worry, if you do not have a meat thermometer, there is a chance to win one, along with a $75 Kroger gift card at the bottom of this post! So be sure to check that out!
At the point they reached 145 degrees F, I pulled them off my grill and let them rest for 3 minutes.
The resting period is very important. It gives the chops a chance to reach a slightly higher internal temperature, but also helps keep them juicy. If you cut them too soon, all the juices will run right out!
Once they have rested long enough, top them, garnish them, and enjoy them! I know we did!
Honestly you guys, I have made this same recipe like 5 times now because I like it that much. It is tasty!
But don’t just take my word for it…try it yourself. And don’t forget to enter to win your own kit for crashing the grill with pork this summer! $75 to go to Kroger and get your pork chops, and a meat thermometer so you too can cook them to perfect doneness!
Pina Colada Pork Chops
- 4 Bone-In Ribeye Pork Chops 3/4-1 inch thick
- 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp coarse Salt
- 1 cup Canned Coconut Milk
- 2 tsp Fresh Ginger Root peeled and minced
- 1 Scallion white and pale green bottom minced, dark tops thinly sliced for garnish
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- 1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 tsp Hot sauce Harrissa, sriracha more to taste if desired
- 2 Tbs Cilantro fresh and chopped for garnish
- 1 Lime Cut into wedges for serving
- Sprinkle pork on all sides with 1 teaspoon salt. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Prepare a grill to medium-high heat (about 450 degrees F.).
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cook 2 tablespoons of coconut milk with ginger, chopped scallion bottom and garlic over high heat, stirring often, until the solids are sizzling in a light brown glaze, about 2 minutes. Stir in pineapple juice and boil over high heat until juice reduces by half, about 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining coconut milk and boil until sauce is lightly thickened and reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes more. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and hot sauce. Set the sauce aside. Reheat before serving, if needed.
- Grill chops over direct heat until the internal temperature reaches between 145 degrees F. (medium rare) and 160 degrees F. (medium), on a meat thermometer, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove chops from the grill and let rest for 3 minutes.
- Transfer chops to plates when done. Divide sauce over chops, and sprinkle with sliced scallion and cilantro, if using. Serve with lime wedges.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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