grilled jalapeno pork skewers with tropical salsa

Of all the cooking mediums, grilling meat over glowing charcoal is my favorite. Pork is particularly good to grill. For this recipe I bathed the pork in a really simple soy & garlic marinade. Then threaded it onto skewers with thick slices of jalapeno peppers. It’s then served with tropical salsa –  a delicious combination of pineapple, kiwifruit, orange & cilantro. 

tropical salsa

There’s very few foods I don’t like ( I didn’t get this body from being a picky eater), kiwifruit is one food I just can’t make friends with. “So why did you put it in the salsa then Lovoni?” you ask. Initially, because it’s a pretty color & I’m all about pretty food, but then I discovered how good the kiwifruit was in the salsa. It certainly doesn’t make me a lover of the fruit but in the future, I won’t always shun it either. I developed a version of this salsa recipe years ago for a client whose recipes I used to write for their website & promo material. In my initial recipe the salsa was served with crispy cinnamon butter tortillas wedges. Truly amazing. 

jalapeno pork skewers

I knew the combination of the grilled pork & the salsa would be a supreme match-up, as I’ve said before, pork & fruit is a match made in heaven. I love chili peppers & use jalapeno, habanero & small Thai red chilies often in my cooking. Jalapenos usually aren’t overly hot but these ones that I used were mind blowingly fiery. I didn’t know this until I’d scoffed a big mouthful. Maybe it was the time of year for chilies, I’m not sure, but it felt like they’d stripped the flesh from my tongue. This is unusual for jalapeno peppers. If you’re woosey when it comes to heat, use sweet green peppers instead. You’ll miss out though, grilled jalapenos are so delicious & are usually a good entry level for people wanting to delve into the chili eating world. 

pork and jalapeno skewers with salsa

We filmed our first cooking video last weekend. I’m really excited about really getting into them & uploading one a week. The first video will be a little longer than we’d hoped…my fault for choosing a recipe with too many ingredients. For a TV show it would have been perfect but for my YouTube Channel it’s not quite the short video I’d planned. It’s worth it though because it’s such a damn good recipe. Moving forward, the rest will be shorter, more around the 3 to 4 minute mark is our aim. I hope you’ll subscribe to my channel & follow my weight loss journey & hopefully be inspired to cook more wholesome food from scratch. When I reach 100 subscribers, then I can get a proper YouTube name for my channel so I hope you’ll share it with your friends & family. I’ll let you know when we’ve started to upload the videos. Until then healthy eating! 

grilled jalapeno pork skewers with tropical salsa
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
  2. 3 tablespoons jalapeno (or red pepper) jelly, warmed slightly
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  6. 2 oranges, peeled, segmented & chopped
  7. 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
  8. 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored & chopped
  9. 1/2 small red onion, diced
  10. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
  12. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  13. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  14. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  15. 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  16. pinch salt and freshly ground pepper
  17. 20 oz (566g) centre cut pork chops
  18. 5 to 6 jalapeno peppers, thickly sliced
  19. 10 to 12 (8-inch/20cm) skewers
  1. To make the salsa: combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover & store in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. To make the skewers: Combine soy sauce, garlic, oil and sugar in a re-sealable plastic bag or a large, shallow dish.
  3. Cut the pork into 1 inch (2.5cm) wide and 1/4 inch (6mm) thick strips. Add pork to soy marinade; mix to coat. Marinate in the fridge 30 minutes if time permits.
  4. Thread jalapeno slices and pork, accordion style onto skewers. Cook skewers on a hot, greased bbq grill 3 to 4 minutes per side until pork is cooked to medium (you still want a little pink inside).
  5. Place skewers on individual plates or serving platter and spoon over salsa. Serve any extra salsa in a separate bowl.
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