Try pork chops on the grill

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photoIf the only pork you ever put on the grill is a slab of ribs, consider chops and tenderloins for an easy and tasty dinner. For some inspiration, consider the new book by James Beard-winning authors Cheryl and Bill Jamison, "100 Grilling Recipes You Can't Live Without: A Lifelong Companion" ($16.95, softcover, Harvard Common Press).

It's May and that means grilling season is officially here. So fill up the propane tank or buy a new bag of charcoal and get your flame on.

There's really nothing you can't cook on the grill, but plenty of folks never get past the basics.

If the only pork you ever put on the grill is a slab of ribs, consider chops or tenderloins for an easy and tasty dinner.

For some inspiration, pick up the new book by James Beard-winning authors Cheryl and Bill Jamison, "100 Grilling Recipes You Can't Live Without: A Lifelong Companion" ($16.95, Harvard Common Press).

The book is packed with plenty of grilling advice and 100 tried and true recipes, such as this one for dry-rubbed pork chops on the grill.

Church Picnic Pork Chops

Makes 4 servings.

From “100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without: A Lifelong Companion,” Cheryl and Bill Jamison.

For the chile dry rub:

2 tbsp. sweet paprika

1 tbsp. kosher salt or coarse sea salt

1 tbsp. ground chipotle chile

1 tbsp. ground dried mild to medium-hot red chile, such as New Mexican, ancho or pasilla, or a combination of these chiles

1 tsp. ground cumin

¾ tsp. sugar

For the chops:

4 bone-in, center-cut pork chops (¾-inch thick, 10 to 11 oz. each)

Vegetable oil spray

A favorite barbecue sauce (optional)

At least two hours and up to eight hours before you plan to grill the pork chops, combine the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Coat the chops with the spice mixture, place them in a zipper-top plastic bag, and refrigerate.

Fire up the grill, bringing the temperature to medium.

Remove the chops from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Spritz the chops with oil and transfer them to the grill. Grill, uncovered, for 20 to 23 minutes, turning three times while cooking. Rotate the chops a half turn each time for crisscross grill marks. The chops are done when barely white at the center with clear juices. (Don’t confuse the colors of the rub and the juices.)

Serve the chops hot, with barbecue sauce on the side.