Grilled Pork and Plums With Sticky Five-Spice Sauce Grilled Pork and Plums With Sticky Five-Spice Sauce

Grilled Pork and Plums With Sticky Five-Spice Sauce | Food styling by David Grenier | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Maya Visnyei

Plums might not be the first fruit you think to grill, but their gorgeous burgundy skin gets even prettier as the natural sugars caramelize. The sweetness pairs well with grilled pork and this aromatic sauce full of warming spices.

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Total time 20 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

Sauce:
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons fancy molasses
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic , finely grated or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated or pressed fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Pork Chops:
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops , 1 inch thick (about 750 g total)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large red plums , pitted and quartered
  • 2 green onions , thinly sliced

Method

Sauce: In dry skillet, toast five-spice powder over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in 1/4 cup water, ketchup, molasses, vinegar, garlic and ginger, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 3 minutes.

Pork Chops: In large bowl, combine pork, 1 tsp of the oil and the salt. In separate bowl, toss plums with remaining oil. Place pork and plums on grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning pork once, until instant-read thermometer inserted sideways in centre of pork reads 155°F and plums are grill-marked on all sides, about 8 minutes.

Drizzle pork and plums with sauce; garnish with green onions. Serve with brown rice.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: If you don't have a grill, sear the pork chops and plums in a cast-iron skillet, pressing down on the pork to develop an even crust. 

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 516 mg
  • Sugars 19 g
  • Protein 27 g
  • Calories 327
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Potassium 741 mg
  • Cholesterol 85 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 24 g

%RDI

  • Iron 14
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 7
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5
  • Vitamin C 18
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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