Jerk Marinated Grilled Pork Chops


Chef’s Note: When working as a private chef on a yacht I fell in love with the ingredients and flavors when traveling around the Caribbean.

6 hrs 45 min
8 to 10 servings


3 Tbsp
coconut oil
1/4 cup
fresh lime juice
whole Hawaiian Chili peppers (stem or pepper removed, optional)
scallions (white and green parts, coarsely chopped)
3 clove
1 tsp
dried thyme
1 tsp
smoked paprika
1 Tbsp
fresh ginger (peeled & minced)
1 Tbsp
dark brown sugar (packed)
1 1/2 tsp
Chinese five spice
1 tsp
1/4 Tbsp
freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp
apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp
low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp
tempura sauce
center cut pork chops (3/4" thick)
non-stick cooking spray
Prep Time:
6 hrs 35 min
Cooking Time:
10 min
Total Time:
6 hrs 45 min


To make the jerk marinade, combine the coconut oil, lime juice, Hawaiian chili peppers, scallions, garlic cloves, thyme, smoked paprika, ginger, brown sugar, Chinese five spice, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce and tempura sauce in a food processor and blend into a smooth paste. Set aside a ½ cup of the marinade for basting. Place pork chops into a shallow glass dish. Pour your remaining marinade over both sides of chops. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 to 6 hours. 

Place the grill on high heat. Once the grill is hot, spray it with non-stick cooking spray and grill the chops 4 to 5 minutes per side (depending on how thick they are). After the first side is done, flip it and pour the reserved marinade on top. Once done, remove chops from the grill and allow them to rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy! 

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