Pork Chops

  • 6 center cut pork chops (4 ounces each)
  • 1 Cup prepared Jamaican Jerk Marinade


Garlic Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped and seeded serrano pepper
  • Salt and pepper; to taste

Raisin-Rum Sauce

  • 1 Cup spiced dark rum
  • 1 Cup California raisins
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar


Combine pork chops and marinade in a large resealable bag. Allow to stand in refrigerator for at least 4 hours turning once or twice.

Garlic Sweet Potatoes

Scrub potatoes and bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until sharp knife inserted in center pierces easily. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small skillet and sauté garlic and pepper for 3 to 4 minutes until pepper is soft. When potatoes are done, cut in half and scoop pulp into a mixing bowl. Discard skins. Add sautéed garlic and pepper to bowl; mix well. Season to taste. Keep warm.

Raisin-Rum Sauce

Remove chops, reserving marinade, and set aside. Combine rum, raisins, brown sugar and reserved marinade in a saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and reduce to 1-1/2 cups. Season to taste.

To Serve

Grill pork chops for 2 to 3 minutes on a hot grill, turning 1/4 turn and grilling an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Turn pork chops over and repeat until done (170°F). Place a scoop of Garlic Sweet Potatoes in center of each plate. Lean a pork chop against potatoes and spoon 1/4 cup of Rum-Raisin Sauce over all.

Note:To reduce calories and sodium, brush chops with marinade and reduce marinade to 1/4 cup in sauce. Also reduce rum to 1/4 cup and sugar to 2 tablespoons to make 580 calories and 430mg (18%) sodium.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 740 (Calories from Fat 41%); Total Fat 34 ( Saturated Fat 12; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 80; Sodium 1160; Potassium 478; Total Carbohydrate 57; Dietary Fiber 2; Sugars 49; Protein 32; Calcium 42; Iron 2;

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- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.