Easy Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Grilled Pork Chops are super easy to make, and the meat is always juicy and flavorful. All you need is to fire up the grill and a have a perfect family dinner in less than 30 minutes!

With grilling season around the corner, this recipe is a must try. We love pairing it with Cucumber Salad, Roasted Asparagus, and Mexican Salad.

Grilled Pork Chops

Perfect Grilled Pork Chops

These Grilled Pork Chops are a no brainer to make. They are the perfect dinner to enjoy with your friend and family, especially during summer days. We have been making this recipe for years, and have always got great reviews on it. 

Unlike beef, which can be very expensive, these chops are quite cheap. In addition, the meat is tender and quite flavorful, just ideal to enjoy with some salads on the side. Just follow the below tips and guidelines to get the best result!

WHAT KIND OF PORK CHOPS are best FOR GRILLING?

Bone in chops are the best for grilling. They maintain a nice texture, and due to the bone-in, the flavor is enhanced. Try going with at least 1-inch thick cuts when grilling.

Also, when buying the meat, try to get the fresh cuts, and avoid buying pre-cut and pre-packed chops. Just ask the butcher for what you want, and they should be able to deliver. Some of the best cuts for grilling are:

  • Loin Chops – it has a t-bone in the middle, and you get to try two kinds of meat at once. 
  • Rib Chops – whenever possible, we try buying this cut for grilling. It comes from the rib section with a nice bone along the side. Also, this cut is very tender and flavorful and is just perfect for grilling or BBQ. 

You can also go with boneless chops, but because it is very lean, it will not be as tender and flavorful as the above two. 

HOW DO YOU GRILL PORK CHOPS?

As stated above, the most important thing when grilling is the meat itself. You want to get the best and freshest cut possible, which are at least 1-inch thick, and with bone-in. 

If you bought the chops a day before, or have them in the refrigerator, let them sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature. 

Let it brine. Although this is not necessary, it really brings the flavors up and makes the meat super juicy and tender. If you are short on time, skip this step. On the other hand, if you are not in a rush, brine the pork for at least 30 minutes in salt water. For best results, we recommend to brine them for at least a few hours. 

Once brined, pat them dry, and season. 

Lastly, ensure the grill is preheated to 450 degrees prior to cooking. Also, you can grill them inside on the griddled pan. 

Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

WHAT IS A GOOD SEASONING FOR PORK CHOPS?

You can season them the way you like, with your favorite ingredients. We like to use honey, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt. Then, whisk them in a bowl, and season the meat. Nothing fancy or complicated here!

How long does it take to grill pork chops?

The cooking time will depend on their thickness. Below you can find the cooking time based on how thick the cut is, assuming it is cooked at 450 degrees F. 

  • For a 3/4-inch thick chop cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. 
  • For a 1-inch thick chop cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side. 
  • For a 1 1/2-inch chop cook for about 7-9 minutes on each side. 

Remember, that bone-in meat usually takes a little longer to cook compared to boneless one. Therefore, if you are going with a boneless cut, the cooking time might be even lower. Also, remember to rest the meat for about 5-10 minutes after cooking to let the juices and flavors soak in.

What should the internal temperature be for pork chops?

Properly cooked, they should have an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Please note, this temperature is recommended for safe consumption. Because the meat temperature will slightly increase when resting, we recommend to remove it prior to reaching the 145 F mark. Also, use a meat thermometer to properly check the temperature. 

CAN YOU GRILL PORK CHOPS FROZEN?

Yes! Although we do not recommend it because the flavors will not be the same since you would not be able to marinate them. But, you can certainly grill partially-frozen pork, and without defrosting them first. Just remember that the cooking time will be much longer, by about 50%. 

Grilled Pork Chops

HOW DO YOU KEEP GRILLED PORK CHOPS FROM GETTING DRY?

The secret is to use fresh meat and to brine it first. Even if you do not have time to brine them, use the marinade below, and should do the trick. Also, ensure the meat has at least some fat and is not very lean. This will increase the flavor, and also make it much more tender. 

Lastly, make sure not to overcook them. The pork cooks very fast, so just a few minutes per each side will be enough. 

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Grilled Pork Chops Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

Pork Chop Brine:

  • 4  bone-in thick center cut or none in 
  • 1/2 gallon  water 
  • 1/2 cup  kosher salt* 
  • 1/2 cup  honey 
  • 1 tablespoon  apple cider vinegar 
  • 2  dried bay leaves 
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (peeled and smashed)
  • 2 teaspoons  whole black peppercorns 
  • 3  sprig fresh rosemary 
  • 1  lemon  (sliced)

Grilled Pork Chops:

  • 1/4 cup  extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons  honey 
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 2 teaspoons  paprika 
  • 2 teaspoons  salt 
  • 1 teaspoon  black pepper 

Instructions

  1. Combine all the brine ingredients in a large bowl, add pork chops, cover and brine for 8 to 12 hours for best results.

  2. Heat grill to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit, brush it well with canola oil.

  3. Discard the brine, pat dry the chops well with paper towels.

  4. In a small bowl, combine honey, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, Grill the chops about 4 to 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle and the internal temperature is 145 degrees F.

  5. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Calories: 520 Carbohydrates: 49 Protein: 29 Fat: 24 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 89 Sodium: 15402 Potassium: 620 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 44 Vitamin A: 490 Vitamin C: 16 Calcium: 52 Iron: 1.7
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Alli Smith

Your grilled pork chops look delicious. Thick cut bone-in chops are definitely the way to go when grilling. My husband loves to grill pork chops so I'm going to make sure it gets this recipe.

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Karen

Now I know the "secret" to not having dried chops! Your pork chops look amazing! I love the brine recipe and look forward to making these, hopefully this weekend!

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Amber Myers

We've always liked grilled pork chops. It's been a while since we've had some, so I'll have to pick up some chops for dinner. Your brine sounds so good!

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Sarah Bailey

OK now this sounds absolutely delicious! I am all for something that is easy to make as well as I'm really not a very good cook, though I do try!

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sara lafountain

I am sure my meat loving sons would love this easy recipe. Seems very low maintenance and delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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Tasheena

Though I don't eat meat. This recipe would be perfect for my son. He loves pork chops. 

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Pam Wattenbarger

Grilled pork chops are one of our favorite meals in the summer. Those look so thick, moist, and flavorful. I need to try these with my family asap.

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Terri Steffes

We adore grilled pork chops. It is one of our summer favorites. We probably grill them 2-3 times a week.

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Beth

I've never brined anything before, but I'm going to have to try this recipe when the weather gets better. They look very good!

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Dennis Littley

Really helpful information for anyone new to cooking pork. Your recipe for easy grilled pork chops looks delicious! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Lynndee

Pork chops are on the menu this week. But instead of frying them (as per request by my boys), I'm going to follow your recipe instead. Thanks!

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Ruth I

Oh wow. You have awesome tips here! I will surely try this recipe because it looks so good!

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Nichole Arnold

I'm going to have try this recipe out. I have such bad luck with pork chops in general but I think it's the texture and breading that has thrown me!

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Bethel C Esmillarin

You made it look like it is very easy to make!

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Alexandra Pilo-Torrijos

I love a good pork dish. Throw a little veggies and it's perfect.

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Fatima Torres

These are delicious! I love mixing pork chops with potatoes and vegetables. It's one of my husband's favorite dishes.

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aileen adalid

I've always liked grilled pork chops. I will try this recipe asap! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

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Ricci

I LOVE pork chops and I'm so excited it's grilling season! Bring on all of the grilled meat and veggie recipes!!

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Heather

Can't wait to try these out on the grill this summer! Looks like an awesome recipe!

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