Another great Southwest recipe. The level of spiciness is your option. I like a lot of cayenne, but you can leave it out and still get great results.
- 4 pork loin chops (about 1 1/2- 2 pounds)
For the Seasoning Paste
- 1⁄2 cup tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons dried ancho chile powder
- 1⁄2 tablespoon adobo seasoning (seasoning salt ok)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2-2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (amount to taste)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (Mexican limes preferred)
- 2 tablespoons oil (whatever type you use)
For the Baste
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons white tequila
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (Mexican limes preferred)
- Mix together ingredients for seasoning paste in a small bowl.
- Spread paste on both sides of pork chops (reserving at least 1/4 cup paste) and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.
- Prepare grill; oil grill rack before placing on fire.
- Mix together ingredients for baste, combining excess paste with ingredients for baste; set aside.
- Grill chops on medium-hot coals or heat for 5-8 minutes.
- Turn chops and grill for 4-6 minutes more, basting with grill baste.
- Turn chops and cook 2-3 minutes more, basting the other side.
- Remove from heat and allow to rest 5 minutes or so before serving.
Sure glad this recipe came to the light of day! Loved it - very hot & spicy but the heat seems to enhance the pork flavor not detract from it/ I used ancho paste in lieu of dried & the ancho salt (about 1 1/2 tbps, for 2 chops) and 3/4 tsp cayenne. Cooked on medium hot fire for first flip then after basting turned heat down to medium and gave it a bit longer to cook. I cut the recipe in two and it was fabulous, Love that heat, thanks SueL
We loved the flavor of the seasoning paste. I used 1/2 tsp cayenne and it wasn't hot at all - will kick it up a notch next time. Some of the paste stuck to the grill, but the baste kept things moist. A real keeper.
Very good. The baste tended to wash the paste off the chops, but still very tasty. Used 1/2 t. cayenne and thought the heat level was just right. Thanks!