Spicy Grilled Pork Chops and Peppers

Have you ever had someone stare at you like you are completely crazy? Well for me that can be a daily thing, but for you, a normal person, has that ever happened to you? I was at a casino a while back that served Asian food. When you are playing poker you get a free meal and I am in love with their Kung Pao Chicken. On the side they bring out a little cup of this thick red sauce. I love Sriracha and it looked like Sriracha with red pepper flakes in it, so in I dived. Well, it was not Sriracha my friends! Oh no, it was something much hotter. But (if you are a heat lover like me you will understand this) it burned so good! Hey I warned you that I was crazy. 

With me going through my mini mouth meltdown I was not paying attention to the lady sitting next to me. Once I had a few drinks of water and adjusted to the surprise amount of heat that my tongue had just withstood, I felt her eyes on me. I turned to her and smiled and said hello, then went back to eating my meal, with a healthier respect for the red sauce in the little bowl mind you. I carefully dipped my chicken in to the sauce instead of letting it do a cannonball as I had done before, and took a bite. Ahhh yes, much better. A nice heat with that garlic bite. OK this I can handle. I continued eating my food until I realized that the lady was still watching me, very intently I might add. I must have had that look in my eyes like "Ummm can I help you with something?" because she said, "I am sorry but are you really going to eat that?". The look on her face was more like she was watching me eat road kill than hot sauce! I took a sip of my water and said,"Oh yes" she paused for a minute and then said, "Why in the world would you eat that?". I smiled and said, "Well, because it is really good". She just shook her head and walked away. Alrighty then. I guess it was confirmed by the nice lady at the casino, I am officially nuts.

Now don't let my little story scare you. This sauce is hot, yes, but if you are a normal person (leaving myself out of that one) you can use a small amount and it adds so much flavor, trust me. Seriously, trust the crazy lady OK?

Here is the sauce I use. I found mine on the Asian isle at my local grocery store. You can sub Sriracha in this recipe if you can't find it, but I really hope you can find it!

Spicy Grilled Pork Chops and Peppers
serves 2

2 center cut pork loin chops, 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick
1 tablespoon five-spice powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, quartered lengthwise
2 Tbs. plain rice vinegar
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (more if you like a lot of heat)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 clove garlic, grated or mashed

Heat your grill to medium-high.

Sprinkle the pork chops with salt, pepper, and the 5 spice powder. Set aside. Brush the pepper quarters with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Allow the chops to sit for about 20 minutes.

Place the pork chops on the grill and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side (depending in the thickness), or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 140°F.

Meanwhile, grill the peppers skin-side down until grill marks form on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the peppers and continue to grill 2 to 3 minutes more.

Let peppers cool enough to touch and then slice the pepper quarters.

In a medium bowl, combine the rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, sugar, and garlic. Toss the peppers in the sauce. 

Serve peppers alongside the pork chops, topping the chops with any leftover sauce if you like.


Adapted from a recipe found on finecooking.com.


  1. haha well that lady wasn't very nice. I love all things hot (use to eat texas pete on my fries in HS instead of any other dipping sauce haha) Love this recipe too! Bring on the chili garlic sauce!

    1. LOL Ya It was funny but I can't help it, I love the heat! It sounds like we would really enjoy eating together :)