A sweet and spicy salsa made of dried sweet or tart cherries, orange peel, chili sauce and green onions lends just enough sweetness to balance the savory flavor of smoked loin or rib chops.
For at least 1 hour before smoke-cooking, soak wood chunks in enough water to cover. Drain before using.
For salsa, in a small saucepan combine dried cherries, chili sauce, orange peel, orange juice and green onion. Bring just to boiling; remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.
Trim fat from chops. Sprinkle both sides of chops with the salt and pepper.
In a smoker, arrange preheated coals, drained wood chunks, and water pan according to the manufacturer's directions. Pour water into pan. Place chops on grill rack over water pan. Cover and smoke for 40 to 45 minutes or until chops are just slightly pink and juices run clear. Remove chops to platter; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve chops with salsa. If desired, sprinkle with additional sliced green onion.
1 lean protein, 1 fruit, 2 fat, 1/2 other carbohydrate