Caribbean Pork Chops Recipe - Delicious and Flavorful

Caribbean Pork Chops

Caribbean Pork Chops Recipe - Delicious and Flavorful
Region / culture: Caribbean | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 6


Caribbean Pork Chops
Caribbean Pork Chops

Caribbean Pork Chops are a flavorful and delicious dish that brings the taste of the islands right to your dinner table. The combination of citrus juices, Caribbean spices, and a hint of rum extract creates a unique and mouthwatering marinade for the pork chops.


Caribbean Pork Chops are inspired by the vibrant and diverse culinary traditions of the Caribbean islands. The use of citrus fruits, spices, and rum in the marinade reflects the influence of the region's rich history and cultural heritage.


How to prepare

  1. Combine all ingredients except Pork chops in a plastic storage bag; mix well. Add Pork chops and shake to coat.
  2. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally.
  3. Remove the chops, reserving the marinade. Grill or broil the Pork chops for 20 to 30 minutes or until done, turning once to brown all sides.
  4. Bring the marinade to a boil and let it boil until the mixture begins to thicken slightly.
  5. Baste the chops occasionally with the marinade. Serve any remaining marinade with the Pork chops.


  • Substitute the pork chops with chicken breasts or shrimp for a different twist on the dish.
  • Add pineapple chunks to the marinade for a sweet and tangy flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Marinate the pork chops for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to fully develop.

- Make sure to baste the chops with the marinade while grilling or broiling to keep them moist and flavorful.

- Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the pork chops are cooked to the proper internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Caribbean Pork Chops with a side of rice and beans, plantains, or a fresh salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

Cooking Techniques

Grilling or broiling the pork chops is the best way to cook them for this recipe, as it helps to caramelize the marinade and create a delicious crust on the outside of the chops.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have rum extract, you can use a splash of real rum or omit it altogether. You can also use lemon juice instead of lime juice if that's what you have on hand.

Make Ahead Tips

You can marinate the pork chops in advance and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking. This makes it a great dish for meal prep or entertaining.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Caribbean Pork Chops on a platter garnished with fresh herbs, citrus slices, or a sprinkle of chopped nuts for a beautiful and appetizing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the Caribbean Pork Chops with a fruity and tropical cocktail like a piña colada or a mango mojito for a complete island-inspired meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 200 per serving


Carbohydrates: 5g per serving


Total Fat: 8g per serving

Saturated Fat: 3g per serving


Protein: 24g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C: 20% of the daily recommended intake per serving

Iron: 10% of the daily recommended intake per serving


Contains: None


Caribbean Pork Chops are a balanced meal with a good amount of protein and essential vitamins and minerals. They are relatively low in carbohydrates and calories, making them a healthy choice for a satisfying dinner.


Caribbean Pork Chops are a delicious and flavorful dish that brings the taste of the islands to your dinner table. With a zesty citrus marinade and a hint of rum, these pork chops are sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Maria in her cozy little kitchen. Maria had a knack for cooking up delicious meals that always left me wanting more. As I watched her effortlessly move around the kitchen, I couldn't help but be intrigued by the tantalizing aroma that filled the air.

"Maria, what are you making?" I asked, unable to contain my curiosity.

"Oh, just a little something I picked up from my time in the Caribbean," she replied with a mysterious smile.

I watched in awe as she seasoned the pork chops with a blend of exotic spices and marinated them in a fragrant mixture of citrus juices and herbs. The vibrant colors and rich flavors of the dish seemed to transport me to a faraway island paradise.

As I sat down to savor the succulent pork chops, I knew that I had to learn how to make this recipe for myself. Maria graciously shared the recipe with me, along with stories of her adventures in the Caribbean and the friends she had made along the way.

Over the years, I have made this dish countless times, each time adding my own twist to the recipe. It has become a family favorite, passed down from generation to generation. The memories of that summer day in Maria's kitchen will always hold a special place in my heart.

I remember the first time I made Caribbean Pork Chops for my own family. The look of delight on their faces as they took their first bite was priceless. My children begged for seconds and my husband declared it the best meal I had ever made. I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride as I watched them enjoy the dish that had captured my heart all those years ago.

As I continued to perfect the recipe, I began to experiment with different variations, adding my own touches to make it truly my own. Sometimes I would swap out the citrus juices for a spicy mango salsa, or add a touch of coconut milk for a creamy twist. Each new creation brought a sense of excitement and adventure to my kitchen.

One day, while browsing through a dusty old cookbook at a flea market, I stumbled upon a recipe for Caribbean Pork Chops that bore a striking resemblance to Maria's. As I read through the ingredients and instructions, a flood of memories came rushing back. I could almost hear Maria's laughter and feel the warmth of the Caribbean sun on my skin.

I realized then that this recipe had a story of its own, a history that spanned continents and generations. It was a testament to the power of food to bring people together, to create lasting memories and forge lifelong friendships. And as I flipped through the pages of that old cookbook, I knew that I had stumbled upon a treasure trove of culinary delights waiting to be discovered.

So I continued to experiment with new recipes, drawing inspiration from the flavors and ingredients of the Caribbean and beyond. Each dish I created was a tribute to the friends and loved ones who had shared their recipes with me over the years. And as I passed these recipes on to my children and grandchildren, I knew that the tradition would live on for generations to come.

And so, dear reader, I invite you to join me on this culinary journey, to explore the rich tapestry of flavors and aromas that have shaped my life. Together, we will savor the tastes of the Caribbean and beyond, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Come, let us embark on this delicious adventure together. Bon appétit!


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