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Cocoa chile powder rubbed grilled pork chops with sauteed green beans on a rustic white plate with a wedge of lemon

Cocoa And Chile Rubbed Pork Chops

With a rub that somewhat resembles a mole sauce, Cocoa Chile Grilled Butterfly Pork Chops are easy to prepare and exciting with flavor. Spicy Chile Powder, cocoa powder and brown sugar make this a sultry dinner entree.
Cuisine American/Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Brine time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 230kcal


  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt
  • 4 1-inch thick butterfly pork chops or boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon New Mexico Chile Powder or ancho
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing


  • In a large bowl, combine the water with the red pepper flakes, salt and stir until the salt dissolves. Add the pork chops and let brine at room temperature for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
  • Light a grill and create a cool zone. (For a charcoal grill, rake the coals to one side; for a gas grill, leave one side unlit.) In a bowl, mix the cocoa, sugar and New Mexico Chile powder with 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • Drain the pork chops and pat dry.
  • Brush the pork chops generously with olive oil.
  • Roll the pork chops in the rub and pat to help coat the chops.
  • Grill over moderately high heat for 4 minutes, turning the chops once or twice until lightly browned and you can see grill marks beneath the rub.
  • Transfer the chops to the cool zone, close the grill lid and cook for about 10 -15 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the chops registers 135° for medium meat. Let the chops rest for 5 minutes before serving.


This recipe was inspired by Texas Chef, Tim Love. I've made some changes to the recipe and ingredients to reflect my style of cooking. 


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 572mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg