grilled pork chops with anise-seed rub and mango mojo

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  • add   1 tablespoon anise seeds
  • add   3/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • add   1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • add   <B>For mango mojo</B>
  • add   1 tablespoon chopped fresh jalape&ntilde;o (including seeds)
  • add   3 tablespoons olive oil 4 (3/4-inch-thick) loin pork chops, trimmed
  • add   2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro<B>For anise-seed rub</B>
  • add   1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • add   1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • add   1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • add   1 mango, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • add   1 large garlic clove

Instructions

  1. Prepare grill (do not spread charcoal out to edges of grill).
  2. Make mojo:
  3. 3Purée mango, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño, and salt in a blender, then stir in cilantro.
  4. Make rub:
  5. Finely grind anise seeds and peppercorns in an electric coffee/spice grinder with salt and sugar. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and stir in oil.
  6. Grill pork:
  7. Brush both sides of pork with spice rub.
  8. Grill pork on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals 2 minutes on each side. Move pork off to side of grill (not directly over coals; moderately low heat for gas grills) and cook pork, covered, turning once, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes more on each side.
  9. Transfer to a platter and let stand, loosely covered, 5 minutes.
  10. Serve pork with mojo.
  11. Cooks' note:
  12. • If your grill doesn’t have a cover, use
  13. an inverted metal roasting pan.