Orange-Ginger-Jalapeno Glazed Grilled Pork Chops (paleo & only 6 Real Food ingredients!)
Who says you can’t get dinner on the table with 6 ingredients?? These spicy-sweet Paleo Orange-Ginger-Jalapeno Glazed Grilled Pork Chops prove that a Real Food dinner can be easy, delicious, and (almost) mess-free!
Who says you can’t get dinner on the table with 6 ingredients??
Not me! And these spicy-sweet Orange-Ginger-Jalapeno Glazed Grilled Pork Chops prove it!
(Ok, so the pork chops have just 6 ingredients… 😉 For a full meal, you might want to add a salad or this yummy beet slaw, some smashed purple potatoes, or even something super simple like sprouted brown rice.
But, no matter what you pair them with, these Real Food grilled pork chops are soooooooooo freaking good!
We literally used our fingers to scrape and lick the pot of glaze after we poured it all over our pork chops!
Let’s talk about that glaze…
“Glaze” is such a fancy cooking word, isn’t it? Like, it almost seems too complicated to add the extra step of making a glaze. After all, grilled pork chops are good; why fix what isn’t broken?
Because Orange-Ginger-Jalapeno Glaze…
It’s sweet and citrus-y, just a tad spicy, and just a tad ginger-y. If you can’t imagine what that tastes like, then just go with “explosion of flavors in your mouth”. Yeah, it’s just that good.
All you need for this sticky-good glaze is freshly squeezed orange juice, a little honey, some fresh ginger, and jalapeno.
Simmer everything together until it reduces, thickens, and gets nice and glaze-y. Then, you brush some glaze on while grilling your pork chops.
Reserve some glaze, though, so you’ll have extra for your pork chops (or for licking out of the saucepan)!
Plain grilled pork chops go from boring to super jazzed-up by simply adding a delicious glaze!
How To Grill Pork Chops
For starters, you have to begin with quality meat. No amount of glaze can cover up dry, flavor-less pork chops.
And while dry pork chops definitely happen if they’re over-cooked, pasture-raised pork is much more tender and flavorful and will result in the best overall flavor — with or without glaze!
Even if you can’t afford organic everything yet, I highly recommend prioritizing organic/grass-fed/pastured animal products first — even over organic produce!
We are so fortunate to have a source for delicious pastured pork and beef just an hour away. Here’s how to find pastured pork in your area.
It’s also important to season the pork chops slightly with a bit of salt, pepper, and garlic powder before grilling.
Pork chops don’t take long to grill, so you’ll need to watch them closely. Depending on the thickness of your chops (mine were about 1/2 inch thick), your pork chops will likely need no more than 5 to 7 minutes per side.
It’s also totally fine for pork chops to be served medium to medium-well. When in doubt, take them off the grill sooner rather than later!
And how to get those grill marks?
Put the chops on the grill, and after 2 to 3 minutes, use tongs to turn them 1/4 to 1/2 turn. Then, continue grilling on that side for another 2 to 3 minutes before flipping. Repeat on the other side.
A bit of glaze is brushed on during grilling. Once the meat is removed from the grill, make sure to let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving or cutting.
We absolutely love the simplicity and easy clean-up of grilled meals!
And… on the side?
If you’re going with the easy prep, cooking, and clean-up of a grilled meal, don’t make your sides complicated!
In fact, while the grill is fired up, you could simply grill some zucchini or squash. Seasoned with a little salt and pepper, grilled squash is amaze-balls!
Or, go with a salad on the side with a yummy, simple, homemade dressing like my Quick Probiotic Ranch.
A slaw is also lovely… Try my Beet & Blood Orange Slaw for a refreshing change!
If you don’t mind turning on your oven, these Parmesan-Garlic Smashed Purple Potatoes are to-die-for!
Finally, use your Instant Pot for sides! When you grill the main dish and use your Instant Pot for cooked sides, you keep the mess and the temperature of your kitchen low! Give these yummy Instant Pot sides a try with these yummy glazed, grilled pork chops:
- Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice
- Instant Pot Ranchero Beans or Bacon Jalapeno Baked Beans!
- Fluffy Soaked Quinoa in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Wild Rice
Ready to make these super easy Paleo Orange-Ginger-Jalapeno Glazed Grilled Pork Chops?
Paleo Orange-Ginger-Jalapeno Glazed Pork Chops
Who says you can't get dinner on the table with 6 ingredients?? These spicy-sweet Paleo Orange-Ginger-Jalapeno Glazed Grilled Pork Chops prove that a Real Food dinner can be easy, delicious, and (almost) mess-free!
- Add the orange juice, zest, honey, ginger, and jalapeno to a small saucepan over medium-medium-high heat.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat.
- Simmer until the sauce reduces and thickens to coat the back of a spoon.
- Remove from the heat, strain, and set aside.
- Prep the pork chops by seasoning both sides with salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic powder.
- Preheat your grill to 350 degrees, then reduce heat to medium.
- Place the seasoned pork chop on the grill and close the lid. After about 3 to 5 minutes, rotate the chops 1/2 turn to make grill marks.
- Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip.
- Once flipped, brush prepared glaze over the grilled side.
- After about 3 minutes, rotate the chops 1/2 turn.
- Flip again, and brush the other side with the glaze.
- Remove from the grill to a wooden cutting board to rest for 5 to 7 minutes.
- You may brush more glaze on if you like.
- Serve with extra glaze on the side for glaze-lovers!
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