Mojo Pork Chops

5 cloves garlic, grated
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and minced
3/4 cup sour orange juice*
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano

3 or 4 thick cut, boneless pork chops
2 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk all of the ingredients to the marinade together. Pour over pork chops and marinate for 2-6 hours. Heat oil in a large skillet. Drain pork and reserve marinade. Add pork to skillet and cook about 5 minutes on each side. Make sure they are completely cooked through. Remove the chops to a plate and cover. Add marinade to the skillet and bring to a boil until it reduces to a glaze, about 2 minutes. Drizzle over pork chops before serving.

*Available bottled at most well-stocked grocery stores. Substitute fresh sour orange juice or a 50/50 combo of orange and lime juice.

My thoughts:

Best pork chops ever! Simple, but so juicy and full of flavor. I bet they would be good out on the grill as well, but we just ordered a grill and it hasn’t arrived yet so I did the skillet method. If you are not a sauce person, feel free to leave it off, the pork has plenty of flavor as-is.


  1. I really like the sound of these pork chops.

  2. I second what Jules said. Sounds delish. And now for some reason I’m getting the urge to do up some cochinita pibil.

  3. I love my pork a little sweet and spicy. This recipe looks fabulous.

  4. Oooooooh. I definitely want to try the grilled version of this. Sounds tastey.

  5. I really like the sound of this, maybe I will make it for your contest!

  6. I just wanted to let you know that I shared this recipe with my WLS message board… I gave them the link to it… but I can’t wait to try this!!


  7. We made these last night, and they were great! Did the chops on the grill and cooked down the glaze stove top. Easy and very tasty, great recipe.