Smoky Hot Chops with Cool Cucumber-Tomato Salad

4 thick-cut boneless New York (top loin) pork chops, 1 1/2-inches thick

2 T. smoked paprika

4 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco, plus more for serving

1 tsp. cayenne pepper or to taste

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

For Cool Cucumber-Tomato Salad:

2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1/4 red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1/4 C. fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 C. blue cheese salad dressing

Salt and pepper

Combine paprika, hot sauce, cayenne, salt, garlic powder and onion powder, stirring to make a paste. Divide paste into two small bowls, with about 2/3 of paste in one and 1/3 in another. Thinly spread 2/3 of the spice paste over both sides of the meat. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Prepare grill to medium-hot and lightly oil grate. Grill pork until the internal temperature reaches 145° (medium rare) to 160° (medium), 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to a platter and spread remaining spice paste from second bowl on top and set aside to rest 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the salad: In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, parsley and salad dressing, tossing gently. Add more dressing and salt and pepper to taste. 4 servings.

Note: Make this recipe your own by using ranch dressing instead of blue cheese.

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