Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Grilled Sweet Chili Pork and Brussel Sprouts

I just love outdoor cooking during the summer! Tonight I fired up the grill and made this Grilled Sweet Chili Pork and Brussel Sprouts. 


A bold, flavorful rub is placed on lean, boneless pork loin chops then they are grilled to perfection. The rub turns out amazingly sweet, smoky and spicy... the little bit of heat from the chili powder and sweetness from the brown sugar takes this pork to the next level. Since the grill was already on, I decided to skewer brussel sprouts and cook them along side the pork for my side dish. They grilled up nice too; they stayed crunchy and had a tasty charred flavor.


Amy and I really REALLY enjoyed this meal. Not only was it delicious, Grilled Sweet Chili Pork and Brussel Sprouts was quick and easy, healthy, and there was barely any clean-up!

Grilled Sweet Chili Pork
recipe via www.ferventfoodie.com
Serves 4

Ingredients:
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (approx 1.5lbs)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions:
STEP ONE: Preheat grill or grill pan. Combine all ingredients except for the pork in a large Ziploc bag or large container with lid. Add the pork to the container, seal, and shake to evenly distribute the spice rub. 

 
STEP TWO: Grill the pork over medium heat for 14-16 minutes, flipping the meat half way through, or until a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees. Set the meat aside to rest before cutting.


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These Grilled Brussel Sprouts pair great with the Sweet Chili Pork but they could be a great side dish for just about any meal! They would be fun at a summer cookout, party, or bar-b-que..

Grilled Brussels Sprouts
based on a recipe from www.foodnetwork.com
Serves 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, as uniform in size as possible*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:
Heat a grill to medium. Cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellowing outer leaves. Place the Brussels sprouts into a large, microwave safe mixing bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Add the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Allow the sprouts to cool until you can handle them. 


Skewer 4 to 5 Brussels sprouts onto each metal skewer with the stem ends facing in the same direction, leaving at least 1/2-inch in between each sprout. 


Place the skewers onto the grill with stem end closest to the flame. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the skewers over and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. 


Serve as is or for additional flavor, remove the sprouts from the skewers, return them to the original mixing bowl and toss with any of the remaining oil and garlic mixture.

YUM!!!!!

Enjoy your opportunity to do some outdoor cooking this summer... fire up the grill more often! It's so easy and so easy to clean up.

- Janel



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