Sugar, garlic, pepper vodka, and tangy citrus juice combine into a dynamite marinade for this spicy lime grilled pork! The acidity and alcohol help tenderize the meat, and the sugar helps it char perfectly on a hot grill. Serve this pork with lots of grilled veggies like corn, peppers, and zucchini, and don’t forget the tortillas!
3 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 cup New Deal Hot Monkey Pepper Vodka
1/4 cup lime juice
3 TBSP brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 lbs. pork (bone-in chops or boneless roast, sliced)
Grilled veggies and tortillas, for serving
1. Combine the garlic, Hot Monkey vodka, lime juice, brown sugar, salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk the marinade until the sugar dissolves. Pour the marinade over the pork and swish it around so it’s fully submerged. Allow pork to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours.
2. Remove the pork from the marinade (reserving the leftover marinade), and allow it to come to room temperature before grilling.
3. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush the grill lightly with oil. Grill the pork until nicely charred on one side, about 7-8 minutes. Flip the pork and pour some of the marinade over the meat. Allow to cook until the other side until nicely charred, about 5-6 minutes, before flipping again to cook off the remaining marinade. Cook the pork until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 ºF.
4. Slice the pork and serve with grilled vegetables, tortillas, and salsa if desired.
Cocktail Pairing: The Southwest Sunburn
This cocktail pairs perfectly with this late Summer feast and comes to us from our friend and local PDX bartender, Ross Richardson. Follow his cocktail exploits on Instagram!
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin, fill with ice, and shake until frothy. Strain into a wine glass filled with ice.