Saturday, July 14, 2012

BBQ Pork Chops with Mango Salad

David is pretty good about getting meat at the grocery store when it's been marked down.  Some people turn up their noses at protein that's about to expire.  But as long as you cook it right away, or freeze it immediately, it shouldn't be an issue.  We've gotten everything from brisket, to ground beef, to chicken quarters this way.  

Last night, my hubby came home with 2 big packages of chicken leg quarters.  There were 4 to a was $3.30, and the other one was $2.40.  And, they were preseasoned with lemon-pepper to boot.  Good job honey! :-)

So...I will grill off that chicken sometime within the next day or two.  For today's post, I made some simple BBQ pork chops, and paired it with a cool mango salad...perfect to serve on a hot summer day.  It would be equally tasty with steak or chicken too!  I 

BBQ Pork Chops with Mango Salad

6 bone-in or boneless pork chops (more if you're feeding a family of our size ;-)
BBQ spice rub of choice
BBQ sauce of choice

2 ripe, but firm mangoes, cubed
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 tablespoon freshly chopped mint or basil 
1/4 crumbled feta cheese
Juice of 1-2 small limes
Black pepper to taste 

Preheat your outdoor/indoor grill pan to medium high heat, and lightly oil the grates/pan.  Sprinkle both sides of the pork chops with the BBQ spice blend.  Rub it in to make sure it sticks (this can be done earlier in the day to give the meat a chance to marinate the seasonings).  Grill the chops for 3-4 minutes per side or until a meat thermometer reads 135-140 (keep in mind it will rise a few more degrees once you remove it from the grill).  I honestly don't bother with a thermometer...I just poke  the meat with my finger...if it gives just a tad, it's done.  Just watch 'em...and don't make pork bricks!
For the salad...combine the mango, red onion, mint or basil (use the mint for a "fresher" taste or the basil for a "peppery" taste), feta cheese, lime juice, and black pepper.  This can sit out for one hour before serving if you'd like to meld the flavors.  I personally like mint...but it's totally up to you.  

Serve the pork chops with the mango salad.  You can also put out some baked beans if you have picky tongues at the table like I do.  

Well...I was pleasantly surprised to hear no complaints over this meal.  David, Rebecca, Theresa and myself all loved the salad...the other kids had baked beans and baby carrots.  So everyone got their veggies...score one for Mom!  I personally loved the salty, earthy feta with the sweet, cool was refreshing on a damp, rainy day.  

Enjoy, and God Bless your table tonight!  

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