Exotically sweet mango is the basis for this simply tasty sauce. Mango Barbecued Pork Chops takes you to the tropics right from your kitchen. This recipe makes plenty of sauce for at least 2 meals work of chops.
What do you think of when you see or hear the word tropical? For me, it’s beaches (duh), pina coladas, pineapple, coconut, mangoes, dragon fruit, kiwi (yeah, I don’t know why that one either); foods like that. So, when I saw this week’s #SundaySupper theme, my mind flooded with a ton of recipes for pineapple, coconut, etc. Of course, it went to the sweets side of my brain; cupcakes, pie, cookies, bars, and other delicious sweet treats. And that’s when I stopped myself because we have a new grill and I wanted to grill something tropical.
That led my brain down a completely different path. I went to jerk seasonings, grilled shrimp salads, and fish wrapped in pineapple rind and grilled. Have you seen that one? I’m dying to try it, actually. We just don’t get really fresh fish for it to be worth it.
I had to pick a path down this road and allow my brain to focus. It will run rampant if I’m not careful and I’ll just never be organized enough to participate. And I really wanted to participate in this week’s event!! So, I went down the path of mango goodness. I love mangos. Their succulent sweet flesh has a flavor that I just can’t resist. I can easily pound a whole bag of dried mango without a second glance. So, the obvious choice for me was mango, but mango what?
Grilled mangos? Grilled shrimp with mango sauce? Mango sauce….mango barbecue sauce! Perfect! On chicken? Nah. We eat too much chicken lately. Ribs? Nah. Pork! Perfect! It’s tender and juicy enough and doesn’t have an overpowering flavor so you won’t taste the sauce. And I have been on a bit of a barbecue sauce kick lately so, mango barbecue pork chops it is!
If you haven’t made your own barbecue sauce, you really should. The flavors are amazing! You can put whatever herbs and spices you want in the sauce. You can make barbecue sauce with fruits, vegetables, ketchup, mustard, vinegar; the sky, and the flavors, are the limit! This sauce has mostly mango, some ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, and my favorite spices: paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder.
I had planned on making this whole dish this week. That so didn’t work out. We were supposed to finish putting the new grill together last weekend. It started to rain. I was going to finish putting it together last week. It was cold and icky all this week. I planned on finishing it today. And I did with the help of the hubs. The hubs and that trick about peeling a mango on a glass. Yes. That actually does work! Which was nice after the day we had.
Exhausted but happy to have eaten a delicious meal of mango barbecued pork chops, grilled corn, and pineapple couscous. Did you know you can throw corn, unshucked, on the grill and cook it? And it’s totally amazing? Well, you can.
This sauce is delicious! I made it, refrigerated it, pureed it and asked the hubs for thoughts on tweaking it. It needed a little more vinegar to brighten the flavor, some garlic powder and some heat with cayenne. Perfect! It’s sweet with a little tang and some heat. Just right for a cold, rainy day at AKHA.
- 1 1/2 cups chopped mango
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 cup honey
- 1 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 pound lean pork chops
- Combine first 11 ingredients (mango through cayenne pepper) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until the mango is tender and easily mashed. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Once cooled, pour the mango mixture into a food processor or blend and process until smooth.
- Preheat a grill on medium-high heat. Baste the chops with the barbecue sauce and place the pork on the grill. Cook 3 minutes, turn 45 degrees and cook 3 minutes more. Turn the chops and repeat.
- Remove the pork from the grill and allow to rest 5 minutes before drizzling with additional sauce and served with grilled corn and pineapple couscous.
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- Coconut crusted Tofu with Spicy Mango Cucumber Topping by Soni’s Food
- Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders with a Caramelized Pineapple Dipping Sauce by From Gate to Plate
- Larp (Laos chicken salad) by Caroline’s Cooking
- Oven Baked Tostones by Recipe for Perfection
- Midwest Style Loco Moco by Our Good Life
- Tropical Sunrise Fruit Salad with Coconut Chia Cream by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Caribbean Black Beans with Rice by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Condiments and Sauces
- Cilantro Margarita by An Appealing Plan
- Coconut and Orange Italian Soda by La Bella Vita Cucina
- Coconut Mojito by Flour On My Face
- Hawaiian Margarita by Peaceful Cooking
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake Cocktail by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Strawberry Lava Flow by Nosh My Way
- Bali Spicy Grilled Fish – Ikan Bakar Jimbaran by Food Lust People Love
- Crockpot Hawaiian Pulled Pork by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Grilled Coconut Chicken with Mango Salsa over Sweet Potato Puree by annaDishes
- Grilled Shrimp Roll with Mango and Papaya by Food Done Light
- Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Salsa by Cooking Chat
- Kalua Pig by Palatable Pastime
- Mango Barbecued Pork Chops by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mango Lime Fajitas by Curious Cuisiniere
- Mojo Pork Bowl with Cauliflower Rice by Casa de Crews
- Pineapple Pork by Basic N Delicious
- Shrimp Catibías by The Petit Gourmet
- Shrimp Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Tacos by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Tropical Chicken Burgers by Momma’s Meals
- Tropical Chicken Flatbread Pizza by Family Foodie
- Whole Fish with a Ginger-Tamarind Sauce by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Coconut Mounds Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Coconut Sunshine Cake by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Double Ginger Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Majarete Ice Cream by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Mini Mango Cheesecakes by The Freshman Cook
- Pineapple Blueberry Ooey Gooey Cake by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Pumpkin-Coconut Biscotti by What Smells So Good?
- Strawberry Twist Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream by Simply Healthy Family
- Tropical Fruit Salad by The Redhead Baker
- Tropical Layered Poke Cake by Daily Dish Recipes
- Ube Panna Cotta by The Joyful Foodie
- Whole Wheat Mango Coconut Bars by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- The Best Wines to Pair with Tropical Food #SundaySupper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog