Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple-Turmeric Glaze

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Yield: 4 servings


The sugars in this glaze caramelize the pork chops, resulting in deep, complex flavor.


Vegetable oil (for grill)

½ cup pineapple juice (from a can)

¼ cup honey

¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar

3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

½ tsp. toasted sesame oil

½ tsp. ground turmeric

4 1″-thick bone-in pork chops

Kosher salt


Prepare a grill for high indirect heat (for a gas grill, leave one or two burners off; for a charcoal grill, bank coals on one side); oil grate. Bring pineapple juice, honey, vinegar, mustard, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and turmeric to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook, swirling occasionally, until reduced to ¾ cup, 10-15 minutes. Let cool. Transfer half of sauce to a small bowl and set aside for serving.

Season pork with salt. Grill over direct heat until browned all over, about 3 minutes per side. Continue to grill, turning several times and basting with remaining sauce, until charred and coated with a thick layer of glaze, about 4 minutes. Move to cooler part of grill and take internal temperature of pork. If needed, continue grilling over indirect heat until an instant-read thermometer inserted into chops near bone registers 130°, 1-4 minutes more. Transfer pork chops to a wire rack and let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved sauce alongside.