Grilled Pork Chops
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Grilled Pork Chops with a delicious pork chop marinade. One of our favorite pork chop recipes, perfect for grilling season!
Best Grilled Pork Chops
It’s time to fire up the grill! These grilled pork chops are one of our summer dinner staples. They’re easy to make, so flavorful, and a hit with the whole family.
When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than throwing dinner on the grill and enjoying some time outdoors. You can even prepare your whole meal on the grill by cooking some Grilled Vegetables alongside the pork chops.
When I was testing this recipe, I tried these grilled pork chops two ways: with a Pork Chop Marinade and with a pork rub. We loved both versions so much, and honestly couldn’t decide which we liked better. In this recipe you’ll find my simple yet incredibly flavorful marinade. If you prefer, you can skip the marinade and use this Pork Rub recipe instead. Either way, the method for grilling pork chops remains the same.
Grilled Pork Chops Recipe Ingredients
- Bone-In Pork Chops: Try to find pork chops that are at least 1 inch thick because thicker chops are less likely to dry out when cooking. I prefer using bone-in pork chops because the bone helps to keep the meat moist. If you’d like to use boneless pork chops, just know that they may cook a bit faster.
Pork Chop Marinade
The pork chop marinade is made with just a few simple ingredients:
- Olive Oil: The olive oil adds moisture and helps to keep the pork chops from sticking to the grill.
- Soy Sauce: I recommend low sodium soy sauce. Since even reduced sodium soy sauce contains a fair amount of salt, I find that you don’t need to add any additional salt to the marinade.
- Brown Sugar: You’ll love the sweet and savory combination of flavors in this recipe. You can substitute honey for the brown sugar if you prefer.
- Dijon Mustard: This helps to bring the flavors together. The mustard flavor is not strong in the finished dish.
- Garlic & Pepper: For more flavor.
How to Grill Pork Chops
I tested this recipe on an outdoor gas grill. You can also use a charcoal grill or grill pan. Follow these tips for the best grilled pork chops:
- Thick pork chops are best for grilling because they won’t dry out easily. Choose pork chops that are at least 1-inch thick for best results.
- Bone-in or Boneless Pork Chops? Bone-in pork chops are best for making juicy grilled pork chops, because the bone helps to prevent the pork chops from drying out. You can also use thick boneless pork chops.
- Marinade or Rub: You can season the pork chops with the pork chop marinade in this recipe or this simple Pork Chop Seasoning. Either way, I recommend marinating your pork chops for the best flavor. After putting the pork chops in the marinade or coating them with the seasoning rub, marinate them in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
- How long to grill pork chops: First sear pork chops over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes per side. This will create nice grill marks and also helps to seal 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. The exact cook time depends on the thickness of your chops. Boneless pork chops will take a few less minutes to cook through.
- Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. This resting time allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat so that your pork chops turn out tender and juicy.
Pork Chop Temp
According to the USDA, pork chops should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145° F and then allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes before consuming. The temperature of the pork chops will continue to rise a few degrees during the rest time due to carryover cooking. Use an instant read thermometer to test the internal temperature of the pork chops to see when they are ready to come off of the grill.
What to Serve with Grilled Pork Chops
When we’re grilling pork chops for dinner, we love to prepare a few of our favorite summer side dishes to round out the meal.
- Macaroni Salad
- Potato Salad
- Broccoli Slaw or Coleslaw
- Instant Pot Baked Beans
- Fruit Salad
- Cucumber Salad
More Pork Chop Recipes
- Baked Pork Chops
- Pan Seared Pork Chops
- Honey Garlic Instant Pot Pork Chops
- Crock Pot Pork Chops
- Air Fryer Pork Chops
- Smothered Pork Chops
Grilled Pork Chops
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, or honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 bone-in pork chops, at least 1-inch thick is best*
Marinate Pork Chops
- Make the marinade by combining the olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, garlic and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to mix.
- Place pork chops in a large zip-top bag or baking dish and pour marinade over the pork chops. Put in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour, and up to 8 hours.
Grill Pork Chops
- Preheat grill to 400° F (medium-high heat).
- Remove pork chops from marinade and discard excess marinade. Sear pork chops on the grill, about 2 minutes per side. Then reduce heat to medium.
- Grill pork chops an additional 4-7 minutes per side to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Use an instant read thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the thickest portion of the pork chop without touching the bone. Pork chops thicker than 1 inch may take longer to cook through.
- Let pork chops rest on a clean plate for 5 minutes (cover the plate with foil) and then serve.
- You can also use boneless pork chops. Boneless chops may require a few less minutes to cook.