Grilled Pork Chops: The Perfect Recipe for Grilling Season

Grilled bone-in pork chops stacked on a plate.

When it comes to grilling, nothing beats the flavor and satisfaction of perfectly cooked pork chops. At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we’ve developed a recipe that will make your taste buds sing and your grill skills shine. Get ready to fire up the grill and treat yourself to some mouthwatering grilled pork chops!

Best Grilled Pork Chops: Easy and Flavorful

Grilled pork chops are a staple of summer dinners at our house. They’re not only easy to make but also bursting with flavor, making them a hit with the whole family. Imagine savoring the delicious aroma of sizzling meat while enjoying the great outdoors. You can even elevate your grilling game by cooking some grilled vegetables alongside the pork chops.

Four grilled bone-in pork chops on a plate.

Marinating or Rubbing: Two Ways to Deliciousness

When testing this recipe, we experimented with two different approaches: marinating the pork chops and using a rub. Both versions exceeded our expectations, making it hard to choose a favorite. In this recipe, we’ll share our simple yet incredibly flavorful marinade. However, if you prefer a rub, we’ve got you covered with our Pork Rub recipe. Whichever method you choose, the grilling process remains the same.

Grilled Pork Chops Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for grilled pork chops recipe.

To make the best-grilled pork chops, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Bone-In Pork Chops: Look for chops that are at least 1 inch thick to prevent drying out while cooking. The bone-in chops are our top choice as they help retain moisture in the meat. If you prefer boneless chops, just keep in mind they may cook a bit faster.
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The Perfect Pork Chop Marinade

The pork chop marinade is a simple combination of flavors that adds depth and tenderness to the meat. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive Oil: Provides moisture and prevents sticking on the grill.
  • Soy Sauce: We recommend low-sodium soy sauce to control the saltiness.
  • Brown Sugar: A delightful sweet and savory element. Honey can be a suitable substitute.
  • Dijon Mustard: Balances and enhances the flavors without overpowering.
  • Garlic & Pepper: Adds an extra punch of flavor.

Grilling Tips for Juicy Pork Chops

To achieve juicy and perfectly cooked pork chops, follow these expert tips:

  • Opt for Thick Chops: Thicker chops are less likely to dry out on the grill. Choose cuts that are at least 1 inch thick for optimal results.
  • Bone-In or Boneless: Although bone-in pork chops are ideal for juicy results, you can also use thick boneless chops.
  • Marinate or Rub: Enhance the flavor by marinating the chops in the pork chop marinade or using a seasoning rub. Let them marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 8 hours.
  • Grill Time: Sear the chops over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes per side to achieve beautiful grill marks and lock in the juices. Then, reduce the heat to medium and continue grilling for 4 to 7 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Adjust the cooking time for boneless chops.
  • Resting Period: Allow the pork chops to rest for 5 minutes before serving. This ensures the juices redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in tender and succulent pork chops.

Four bone-in pork chops in zip-top bag with marinade.

Achieving the Perfect Pork Chop Temperature

According to the USDA, pork chops should reach a minimum internal temperature of 145°F and rest for at least 3 minutes before serving. The temperature will continue to rise slightly during the resting period. To ensure your pork chops are cooked to perfection, use an instant-read thermometer to monitor the temperature during grilling.

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What to Serve with Grilled Pork Chops

Complete your grilled pork chop feast with a selection of delicious side dishes. Here are a few of our favorite options:

  • Macaroni Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Broccoli Slaw or Coleslaw
  • Instant Pot Baked Beans
  • Fruit Salad
  • Cucumber Salad

Grilled bone-in pork chops on a plate with parsley garnish.

More Pork Chop Recipes

If you’re craving more pork chop goodness, here are some other recipes you’ll love:

  • Baked Pork Chops
  • Pan-Seared Pork Chops
  • Honey Garlic Instant Pot Pork Chops
  • Crock Pot Pork Chops
  • Air Fryer Pork Chops
  • Smothered Pork Chops

We hope you enjoy grilling these mouthwatering pork chops as much as we do. The combination of flavors and the tender texture will make them an instant favorite in your household. For more delicious recipes and grilling inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Get ready to become the grill master in your neighborhood!