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Grilled pork chops with a Hawaiian touch

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If you were with me yesterday, I began discussing grilling and am sharing recipes that will enable you to get the most out of your grill. Yesterday, I talked about choosing a grill. If by chance you missed the column, here's the link to it: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-barbecue-season-is-underway

Let's talk about a meat that not many cooks grill very often, and that's pork. Pork, in recent years, has received an improved reputation. Years ago, many health experts advised against consuming pork, since it was supposedly linked to an increase of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Since then, pork has definitely upgraded itself due to better processing methods and improvement of raising livestock, making pork much healthier and even better tasting than in the past. This explains why the pork producers came up with the advertising campaign of referring to pork as "the other white meat".

Pork chops are always tasty, no matter how you prepare them. Yet, when they are grilled, the flavor really shines through. Here's an different way to prepared grilled chops that have a Hawaiian flair to them. The recipe, "Pineapple Curry Glazed Chops", will definitely be appropriate to serve this summer, especially if you entertain. This would be a dish that's special enough to serve to company

The dish contains pineapple preserves as its basic flavoring, along with brown sugar, vinegar and curry powder. As you can see, this combination is much like a sweet-and-sour type glaze, which makes it a perfect fit for pork!

The recipe is extra easy to make: just combine the glaze ingredients and brush on the chops as they're grilled. If, by chance, you don't own a grill just yet and would like to make this dish, they can be baked in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. They're great either way, though as I mentioned, grilling these gives them a flavor advantage!

If you've never tried grilling pork before, or are looking for a new way to prepare it, let this recipe serve you in either situation!

PINEAPPLE CURRY GLAZED CHOPS

  • 1 C. Pineapple Preserves
  • 1/4 C. Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 C. Vinegar
  • 1/8 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp. Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1 Tsp. Curry Powder
  • 6 Pork Chops (I recommend the thicker chops)

Grilling directions: Combine the first six ingredients and stir well; place the chops on the grill and baste the chops with this glaze as they are grilled over slow coals, which will take between 30-45 minutes; for a gas grill, follow manufacturer's directions. Serves 6.

Conventional directions: place the chops in a shallow dish large enough for the chops to lay flat; combine the glaze ingredients and pour over the chops; bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serves 6.

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