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
I’m so excited to share this grilled pork chops recipe, and I can’t wait for you to try it! This recipe has become one of our summer staples, and my favorite way to cook pork chops. It’s easy, it’s flavorful, and the whole family loves it.
When I was testing this recipe, I tried it two ways: with a marinade and with a pork rub. We loved both the pork chops with the rub and the pork chops with the marinade so much. We honestly couldn’t decide which we liked better!
In this recipe you’ll find my simple pork marinade. If you prefer a BBQ rub, you can skip the marinade and use my pork rub recipe instead. Either way, the method for grilling pork chops remains the same.
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 – Whether you decide to use the pork chop marinade in this recipe or my simple dry rub, I recommend marinating your pork chops for the best flavor. After putting the pork chops in the marinade or coating them with the 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 150° 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 Marinade
My 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, but the mustard flavor is not strong in the finished dish.
- Garlic & Pepper – For more flavor.
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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, 2-3 minutes per side. Then reduce heat to medium.
- Grill pork chops an additional 4-7 minutes per side to an internal temperature of 150 degrees F. Use an instant read thermometer or grill probe. 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 for 5 minutes and then serve.
- You can also use boneless pork chops. Boneless chops may require a few less minutes to cook.
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