Making grilling memories with dad

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3 June 2019

Making grilling memories with dad

Spicy Jerk Ontario Pork Chops

Making grilling memories with dad

James Synowicki

I’m James Synowicki, the content creator, influencer and brand ambassador behind the IG account @zimmysnook. In partnership my wife Elaine, we work with and passionately promote the stories of local Canadian food producers/purveyors, as well as the products of companies who share our passion for quality, innovation and design.

Our philosophy: Buy the freshest ingredients, prepare them simply and enjoy with friends and family. #KnowYourFarmer

When I was a little kid, we didn’t have fancy gas grills that got hot at the flick of a switch. So, when my father pulled out the cast iron hibachi, filled it with charcoal, doused it with lighter fluid and set it ablaze, I sat and watched with great anticipation as the solid black briquettes, ever so slowly turned to grey. It seemed like it took FOREVER, but I waited patiently because I knew that we were in for a very special treat. To be sure, it was going to be an afternoon filled with finger licking good food, excessive story telling, by my brothers and me, followed by belly aching laughter.

From the time I bought my first grill, grilling became less of a planned event and more of a preferred method of cooking. Yet still to this day, the joy of a planning family barbecue with dad, remains just as special now as it was then.

So, this year I encourage you to plan a Father’s Day barbecue and create your own special memories for the family.

This lip-smacking Spicy Jerk Ontario Pork Chop recipe has everything you need to create a show stopping dish that will have everyone talking about it for years to come. I like cooking pork on the bone because it enhances the flavour and helps keep the meat moist. Using a Frenched chop elevates this delicious cut to something worthy of multiple Instagram posts.

Don’t forget to pick up Ontario Pork and support the nearly 1,200 local farmers. Many of whom were raised on the farm by their fathers or are raising their kids on a farm and certainly know a thing or two about creating lasting memories.



Yield: Serves: 6-8
Preparation Time: 15 minutes, 4 to 24 hours in marinade
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes



6 to 8 Frenched Ontario Pork loin chops (8 – 10 oz, 1¼ thick) – bones tightly wrapped in tin foil

6 scotch bonnet peppers, sliced (if you prefer it less spicy, use 3-4 peppers)

8 cloves garlic, chopped

3 medium onions, chopped

2 inch long piece of fresh ginger, chopped

2 Tbsp (30 ml) thyme

2 Tbsp (30 ml) ground allspice

2 Tbsp (30 ml) sugar

2 tsp (10 ml) salt

2 tsp (10 ml) ground black pepper

1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon

1 tsp (5 ml) nutmeg

½ cup (125 ml) soy sauce (sodium reduced)

Juice of one lime

1 cup (250 ml) orange juice

1 cup (250 ml) white vinegar

½ cup (125 ml) olive oil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Add the peppers, garlic, onions and ginger to the food processor and pulse until chopped into small pieces (not liquidized). Add the balance of the ingredients (excluding the pork) and blend briefly to combine. Reserve half the sauce for basting and serving.
  2. Place the pork chops in a resealable bag, use half of the sauce to marinate the pork chops (4 – 24 hours in the fridge). Remove the pork from the fridge 20 minutes prior to cooking.
  3. Prepare grill gas or charcoal grill with a high heat sear zone and an indirect cooking zone (not over direct heat). 
  4. Heat reserved marinade in a saucepan for 15 minutes on med/low heat.
  5. Place the chops over the high heat sear zone, cook for 2 minutes, then rotate 90 degrees, cook for 2 minutes, then flip. Baste each chop with the warmed marinade. Cook 2 minutes, then rotate 90 degrees while moving to indirect cooking zone. Close lid and cook to an internal temperature of 145-150°F (4 to 10 minutes, depending on actual thickness and temperature of grill). Remove chops to cutting board and tent with foil for 8 - 10 minutes letting internal temperature reach 160° F/71° C before serving.
  6. Finish with lime zest, serve with lime wedges and warmed sauce for dipping. 

    Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 10-15 minutes, Inactive Time 4 to 24 hours, Serves: 6-8

    FINISH THE PLATE: Spicy slaw, potato salad, corn & tomato salad are great side dishes for a delicious Father’s Day barbrcue.

    HOT TIP! Using a Frenched chop elevates this delicious cut to something worthy of multiple Instagram posts.

Nutritional Information
Spicy Jerk Frenched Ontario Pork Loin Chops
1 serving (1/6 of recipe)
Protein 46 g
Calories 475
Sugar 9 g, 8 g added
Fat 24 g
  Saturated 7 g
Cholesterol 124
Sodium 1248 mg sodium
Potassium 910 mg
Calcium 59 mg
Carbohydrate 16 g
Fibre 2 g

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