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Monday, June 6, 2011

Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops and Awards

Fresh pineapple is my favorite sweet, sunny fruit and always reminds me of the pineapple plantations we saw in Hawaii ~ not to mention the Pacific Ocean, beaches, palm trees and Hilo Hattie.

During Colonial days, the striking visual attractiveness, the rarity and the expense of the pineapple made it the ultimate exotic fruit.  It was served only on special occasions and quickly became a symbol of hospitality.  

This recipe is from our local newspaper, The Northwest Herald.  It combines the jerk seasoning with pork chops and pineapple.  In Jamaica, the jerk method of cooking involves seasoning meat with a sweet-hot secret mixture of peppers, spices and herbs, then slowly cooking them.  The blend of allspice and thyme in this recipe captures the taste of the islands perfectly.

Its Jamaican jerk, made with thick, juicy pork and succulent fruit.  Pineapple has a meatier side and if you like flavorful dishes, this sweet and savory dish is for you! 

Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops 


1 small pineapple 
1 bunch scallions, sliced cross-wise into 1-inch pieces 
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded 
2 teaspoons dried thyme 
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled 
1½ teaspoons ground allspice 
4 bone-in pork chops 
Salt and pepper, to taste 
2 teaspoons olive oil 


Cut four ½-inch-thick rounds from pineapple; set aside. 
Cut remaining pineapple into large chunks, discarding core. 
In a food processor, combine pineapple chunks, scallions
chile, thyme, garlic and allspice and pulse until coarsel
Reserve ¾ cup pineapple marinade and refrigerate. 
Season pork with salt and pepper and place in a 9-by-13-inch
glass baking dish along with pineapple rounds. 
Top pork and pineapple with remaining pineapple marinade 
and turn pork and pineapple to coat. 
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 4 hours). 
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over
Working in two batches, brush pineapple mixture off pork 
and cook chops until browned and cooked through, about 20
minutes per batch, flipping once. 
Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. 
Brush pineapple marinade off pineapple and cook rounds
until golden brown in spots, about 5 to 7 minutes, flipping
Serve with pork and reserved pineapple marinade. 

It’s tropically delicious!!!

Now it’s award time:  Times flies and a while back my Cajun friend, Marguerite at Cajun Delights, presented me with these 8 awards.  I thank Marguerite and am honored that she chose my blog.  Marguerite not only posts great Cajun recipes, she has music and dancing videos also.  If her blog is new to you, you should check it out!  

I am supposed to pass these 8 awards rolled into one off to 15 of my favorite foodie bloggers.  So I am going to pass them on to these great people who inspire me with their winning recipes, and writing, and who are supportive of me with their comments.  Here they are, in no particular order: 

Martha @seasidesimplicity 

Betty @scrambledhenfruit 

Larry @bigdudesramblings 

Kathy @thesugarqueenbakes 

Lynda  @lyndasrecipebox 

Biren @rotinrice 

Rita @sagecuisine 

Judy @atastythought 

Lyndsey @tinyskillet 

Kristy @kristygourmet 

Jeannie @chinadoll-bakingdairy 

Claudia @pegasuslegend-whatscookin 

Carol @theresalwaysthyme 

Linda @mykindofcooking 

Dave @bigdaddydavesbitsandpieces 

Please visit them all and let them know I sent you!  Thanks for stopping here, and have a wonderful day!


  1. Pineapples and porkchops are a wonderful combination. The jerk seasoning takes this over the top. I have to try this one!!!

  2. This looks great! Love the pineapple on top! Super pretty and quite tasty, thanks!

  3. Thanks, Pam! I am honored that you included me in your list!

    My two oldest boys have been telling me how much they love Cajun seasoning, so I will definitely have to make this for them!

    God bless ~


  4. Oops ~ My mistake on the comment above ... the recipe above is not for cajun pork chops , but for jerk pork chops ... still looks delicious and something I still want to definitely try! =]

  5. So very kind of you , Pam, for including me! Thank you very much for thinking of me. I am honoured and really appreciate it. You are always so sweet. Just like the pineapple with pork chop...amazing flavour. :o) Hope you're having a fabulous day ahead.
    Blessings, Kristy
    ((hugs)) & kisses

  6. Un plato delicioso, me encanta.


  7. Thank you for including me in your awards.
    With this pork chop recipe I can hesr the tropics; sure looks and sounds great!
    Wishing you a wonderful week; teh nice weatehr are arrived up north.

  8. I am so honored to be part of this wonderful group of fabulous foodies.
    Thank you so much~ I love this jerk chicken~

  9. Pam I love pineapples and this look yummy! gloria

  10. Thank you so much for the kind honor, I really appreciate it :)
    I think I would love the jerk seasoning with the pineapple and pork, it looks delicious. Glad you're back online, it can be so frustrating!

  11. Angela, the jerk seasoning makes this spicy good and I hope you try it!

    Debbi, thanks! Pineapple is so good and goes well with pork.

    Kathy, my "boys" love this type of spicy food and I hope you try this for yours!

    Thanks Kristy and hugs and kisses to you also!

    jose manuel, gracias! Es muy bueno!

    Rita, now today it's super hot and humid here and I'll take it over snow and cold any day. Have a good day!

    Claudia, thanks so much and I hope you're having a great day!

    Gloria, thank you! The pineapple is so tasty with the chops and I hope you try it!

  12. A well deserved award, and yumminess on this dish.

  13. I'm beyond flattered - thanks so much. I like the idea of jerk and pineapple together.

  14. Jennifurla, thanks and I hope you're having a good Monday!

    Larry, thank you! Jerk with pineapple works good!

  15. When I saw the word jerk I thought you were talking about me. I like those flavors.

  16. You deserve every award you get and looking at who you passed them on to, you have excellent taste in foodie friends.

  17. Congratulations on your award, and thanks bunches for passing one on to me! These pork chops look absolutely delicious- I love the seasonings. :)

  18. This dish sounds delicious! Pineapples and pork go so well together. Congrats on your awards and thanks for passing the award to me :)

  19. I love fresh pineapple and this chicken dish is just fabulous! And the spices are wonderful. Thanks so much for the great shout-out, cher, and congrats to all of your recipients!

  20. Thanks for the mention, Pam! Most of the blogs you mentioned I already follow, but I am going to check out the ones I don't. I am always on the lookout for pork recipes. Being a good old Iowa girl, we enjoy our pork. And any recipe that has pineapple in it is sure to please my family!

  21. My family eat a lot of pork and this recipe of your sounds so delicious! Would love to try this one day when I have pineapples on the table:D Congrats on receiving the awards and thank you for passing it to me, Pam:D

  22. Stephen, I always knew you were a comedian! Glad you like the flavors!

    Comfy Cook, thanks! I'm glad you stopped by!

  23. Betty, thanks! Glad you like the recipe.

    Biren, thank you! Pineapple is the best!

    Marguerite, thanks again! It's supposed to be near 100 degrees here today---that's your kind of weather!

    Linda, yeah, I think pork has to be a Midwest staple! Not a bad thing for sure!

    Jeannie, great! Hope you give it a try! It's good!

  24. I bet this was just delicious. Love the jerk flavors. Oh, I made the garlicky liquid gold the other day and have been using it for everything. SO good!!

  25. The pork sounds delicious!
    Congratulations on the award Pam!!

  26. Yum! Pork and pineapple are a great combination.

  27. The pork chops sound fantastic. Congrats on your awards.

  28. This sounds great! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt and organic peppercorns from Sustainable Sourcing and I'll have to try them out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Jerk Puerco!! How could anyone go wrong with that??! And I love making pineapple salsa. Something about the sweet and the hot that is so good together.

  30. Yum! Thanks for sharing. :)

  31. My husband loves pork chops with apples, and I imagine the pineapple would make a great summery twist :) Looks fantastic!

  32. Congratulations on your awards!
    The Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops sounds really good! Thank you, Pam and have a nice day!

  33. Karen, thanks! Glad you like the liquid gold! Isn't it the best for about anything!!!

    Jenn, the pineapple definitely added good flavors to it.

    Danelle, yes, you're right!

    Pam, thanks and I hope you're having a good day!

    Anderburf, great!

    Mr. Bill, you got it! Now I have to make some pineapple salsa. Love that combo!

    Sarah, you're welcome and thanks for stopping by!

    Baking Serendipity, chops with apples sounds really good to me and I'll have to try that!

    kitchen flavours, glad you like the pork/pineapple combo! Have a great rest of the day!

  34. I love the sweet and spicy combo!

  35. There is something truly addictive about pineapple paired with pork! This meal look delicious!

  36. Thanks so much for the mention and the awards!! I'm honored :-)

    Hope you'll stop by the beach party this weekend at Seaside Simplicity!

  37. I like the recipe but I'd be tempted to sneak a habanero pepper in because I like heat:)

    Great post, Pam.

  38. That looks awesome!! My kind of pork!



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