May 18, 2008

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.