© Christina Holmes
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Total Time
30 MIN
Yield
Serves : 4

This Mexican-inspired spice rub is also delicious on steak and chicken legs. The combination of paprika and ancho chile powder enhances the meat’s smoky grilled flavor. Slideshow: Perfect Pork Chops

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a small skillet, toast the cumin seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a spice grinder and let cool, then finely grind.

Step 2    

In a small bowl, whisk the ground cumin with the smoked paprika, brown sugar, chile powder, oregano, garlic, cocoa powder and sesame seeds.

Step 3    

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and rub 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture all over each chop.

Step 4    

Grill the chops over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and an instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone registers 135°, about 12 minutes. Transfer the pork chops to a carving board or platter and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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