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!
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.
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%.
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.
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins
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:
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or canola oil)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all the brine ingredients in a large bowl, add pork chops, cover and brine for 8 to 12 hours for best results.
Heat grill to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit, brush it well with olive or canola oil.
Discard the brine, pat dry the chops well with paper towels.
In a shallow bowl, combine garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Brush the pork chops with olive oil, toss into the mixture on both sides.
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.
- Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.