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Cocoa-and-Chile-Rubbed Pork Chops

Source: © Food & Wine Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 30 Minutes
Chef Tim Love rubs meat with a bit of sugar to help brown it but finishes the dish over low heat so the sugar doesn't char the outside. Here, he coats pork chops with cocoa and chile powders for a rub that's like a deconstructed version of Mexican mole sauce.
2 quarts  water
1 1/2 teaspoons  crushed red pepper
Kosher salt
4   1 1/2-inch-thick boneless pork loin chops
1 tablespoon  unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon  light brown sugar
1 tablespoon  pure ancho chile powder
Extra-virgin olive oil  for brushing
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In a large bowl, combine the water with the red pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and stir until the salt dissolves. Add the pork chops and let brine at room temperature for 1 hour.

Light a grill and create a cool zone. (For a charcoal grill, rake the coals to one side; for a gas grill, leave one side unlit). In a bowl, mix the cocoa, sugar and ancho powder with 1 tablespoon of salt.

Drain the pork chops and pat dry, removing any bits of crushed pepper. Brush generously with olive oil. Roll the pork chops in the cocoa rub and pat to help it adhere. Grill over moderately high heat for 4 minutes, turning the chops once or twice until lightly browned. Transfer the chops to the cool zone, cover and grill for about 15 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the chops registers 135° for medium meat. Let the chops rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © Food & Wine Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/27/2011
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Rating: 5
by: Luann, WI Reviewed: 07/23/2012
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I gave this recipe to my son-in-law to try. He tried it that night at a dinner party. Everyone thought it was the best pork shop they had ever eaten and asked to take home leftovers. He followed the recipe except that he made the chops in the smoker of his grill. I have made these at home in the oven and the results were good also.
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