I've been lucky enough to visit Miami several times, and when I was there I always enjoyed the Cuban food. Beef or pork marinated in lime juice was one type of Cuban cuisine that I loved each time I tried it. I developed this recipe to capture some of the flavors I remembered from Miami, and it turned out to be much like I remembered. Be sure to serve it with limes cut lengthwise into fourths, so each person can squeeze lots of fresh lime juice over their pork chop.
Cuban Grilled Pork Chops Mojo
(Makes 6-8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
6-8 thick boneless pork top loin chops
2/3 cup orange juice (can use 1 small can)
1/3 cup lime juice (fresh is best)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 T garlic puree
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. Penzeys pork chop seasoning (optional but recommended)
1 tsp. minced onion
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. Penzeys Trinidad Lemon Garlic Marinade (optional but recommended)
Mix all marinade ingredients. Trim visible fat from pork chops and pound until they are between ½ - 3/4 inches thick. Place chops in single layer in zip loc bag and marinate 6 hours in refrigerator.
Preheat gas or charcoal grill to medium heat (you can hold your hand there 3-4 seconds.) Grill chops about 10 minutes per side, or until evenly cooked through and slightly brown. Serve with fresh lime pieces to squeeze on the meat.
South Beach Suggestions:
This recipe would probably be phase 2 or 3 for The South Beach Diet, although when you're marinating meat in orange juice, you're eating a very small amount of the juice. It would be great with Roasted Broccoli with Garlic, Slow Roasted Asparagus, Cauliflower with Garlic and Lemon, Lake Powell Spicy Rice or Brown Rice with Cashews and Herbs.