We love everything about New Zealand – the people, the unbelievable natural scenery, the Lord of the Rings, and especially the food.  Use this recipe for anything you put on a grill – meat, poultry, fish, or veggies.  The whole idea is to use this full of flavor funky fun sauce twice – once to marinate, then again on the grill to glaze.

If you don’t know tamarillo yet, you should.  Tamarillo has been around for a long time, generally believed to be native to the Andes of Peru. It was adopted by New Zealand as a commercial crop, and has developed a distinctive profile, unique to that country. The flesh of the New Zealand tamarillo is tangy and variably sweet with a bold and complex flavor, and may be compared to kiwifruit, sun-dried tomato, guava, or passion fruit, with hints of cherry. The tamarillo is rich in vitamins, A, B6, C, E, fiber and antioxidants– it is a true superfruit. The Serious Foodie Tamarillo Grill Sauce & Marinade captures the essence of New Zealand cuisine: tangy, sweet, savory, spicy, and completely unique.

Rib Chop with New Zealand Tamarillo Glaze

This recipe works equally as well with the any of the Serious Foodie grill sauces (Hawaiian Mango, Korean, Pomegranate, etc.)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 2 people


  • 1 jar Serious Foodie New Zealand Tamarillo Grill Sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar Any neutral, low acid white vinegar works
  • 2 1 pound rib pork chops, bone-in
  • Salt and Pepper To taste


  • Whisk together 1 cup of the Tamarillo Grill Sauce with 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar.
  • Pat the chops dry with a paper towel. Place the chops in a plastic bag, and add the sauce/vinegar mixture. Make sure that sauce/vinegar mixture coats all parts of the chops. Leave in the fridge for 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Bring the chops to room temperature - at least 30 minutes. Remove any excess sauce/vinegar mixture with a paper towel.
  • Grill the chops on one sides, about 5 minutes on high heat. Turn over, then liberally brush on the Tamarillo Grill Sauce. Grill until done, about 5 more minutes.
  • Serve with grilled vegetables (we like asparagus and grilled tomatoes with this dish), and a starch like rice or mashed potatoes. Or if your low carb, try our cauliflower puree. See below for the link.


Print Friendly, PDF & Email