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Enjoy this quick and easy grilled mojo pork chops recipe on a warm summer night when you want a delicious meal but don’t want to work too hard to make it. Much like traditional Cuban mojo pork recipes, this mojo pork marinade can be used as a finishing sauce to add even more flavor to this dish, making it a perfect weeknight recipe.
A quick and easy mojo pork recipe?
Usually, mojo pork recipes aren’t quick and easy. An authentic Cuban mojo pork recipe calls for the pork to marinate for at least 2 hours. While I love cooking authentic dishes, I’m a real mom who
sometimes always forgets to marinate meat. Does this happen to you too? It happens to me all the time, so much so that I’ve stopped making recipes that require marinating on weeknights.
Instead, I’ve been buying more succulent cuts of meat that don’t require marinating. My favorite is Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork. I’ve always been a big fan of Smithfield® pork because they supply naturally tender and juicy fresh pork everyone can enjoy with no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, no added steroids or hormones. When I buy Smithfield All Natural boneless pork chops, it’s not necessary to marinate the meat for hours. Even better, Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork is Great on the Grill!
For this particular recipe I use Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops. I pick them up at Walmart where I can always find a good Smithfield selection (and a selection of everything else- I never leave Walmart with just one item).
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Making the Mojo Marinade
I know, I know, I said I wasn’t using a marinade. Well, that’s only half true. I still use a marinade for this recipe, but I don’t let it marinate for hours. Instead, I make this simple marinade and let the pork sit in half of it while the grill heats up, about 10-15 minutes. Then I use the other half on top of the pork when the meal is served. It ends up with the taste of mojo marinated pork in half the time!
The marinade is super easy to make. Cuban mojo pork has a fabulous flavor combination of citrus and garlic. Fresh oregano and jalapeño bring the flavor up a notch.
Let the meat sit in this mixture until the grill is hot and ready. The fun thing about making this mojo marinade is that you can use this as a real marinade and let the Smithfield Boneless Pork Chops sit in it longer if you have the time.
Grill the Mojo Pork Chops
Once the grill is ready, place the boneless pork chops on the grill for 5-6 minutes per side or until the meat thermometer reads at least 145 degrees.
Since I’m all about easy meals these days- 3 kids 5 and under will do that do you- I’ve been relying on easy side dishes. While the pork finishes up on the grill, I like to microwave some canned black beans and rice to serve with the mojo pork. Serve with some plantain chips and you’ve got an easy meal in 30 minutes or less!
- 4 Smithfield All Natural boneless pork chops
- 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup fresh oregano, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 10 minced garlic cloves
- 3 jalapeños, sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until salt is dissolved.
- Reserve 1 cup of the marinade as a sauce.
- Place the Smithfield boneless pork chops in the marinade and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Grill pork chops for 5-6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees.
- Spoon reserved marinade over pork chops before serving.
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We rarely have leftovers for this recipe, but if you do, it’s fun to try new things like mojo pork tacos or a mojo pork flatbread. The flavor combinations are pretty endless! Although, I must admit that I’m a fan of eating my mojo pork chops with rice, beans and plantain chips, even when I’m eating leftovers. It all goes so well together!
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