Best Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

Best Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

Will Dickey

These grilled pork chops will have friends and family calling you the king (or queen!) of the cookout! No shortage of goodies grill recipes out there, these fluffy pork chops are here to stay, thanks to an easy marinade made from pantry ingredients. They are delicious on their own, but don’t miss them with this delicious mango salsa!

How long can I marinate pork chops?

As with steak, pork resists acidic marinades well. An hour is enough to give a good layer of flavor, but these can be marinated overnight for even more flavor.

Which marinade will tenderize pork chops?

It depends on which flavors you like, but in general a good marinade for grilling is a balance of salt, acid (citrus juice or vinegar), seasonings (herbs, garlic and spices), heat (if that’s what you like! ) a little sweet to aid browning and round out the flavors. A little bit of fat (any oil will do) helps the egg whites absorb the marinade and prevents sticking during grilling.

Can I customize this marinade?

Be our guest! Use salt instead of soy (only in lesser amounts: aim for about 1 teaspoon per pound of meat) and use vinegar or citrus as a substitute for apple cider vinegar. Do you like honey or maple? Try that instead of brown sugar. Do you love fresh garlic? Crush some cloves and throw them in. Fancy warmth? Add a dash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper. Marinades are fun to play with and super forgiving, so let your taste creativity run wild!

What Kind of Pork Chops Are Best for Grilling?

The best bet for a tender grilled pork chop is to buy boneless pork chops that are at least 1 inch thick. The thickness is important – it gives you time to get a nice crust on the outside without overcooking the inside.

How do you know if the pork chops are cooked?

The FDA recommends that pork chops be cooked to 145°, colored light pink in the center. As an added bonus, you can even take the pork off the grill when an instant-read thermometer reads over 140° in the thickest part. Tent them with foil and the internal temperature will rise as the meat rests.

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pork loin chops with bone (about 1 inch thick)

1/2 c.

reduced sodium soy sauce

1/4 c.

apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons.

light brown sugar

Ground black pepper, for seasoning

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  1. Place the chops in a 13×9-inch baking dish. Put aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and thyme. Pour the marinade over the chops; cover and let them marinate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight, turning halfway through the desired marinating time.
  3. Remove the chops from the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium heat, 400° to 450°. Grease the grill grates well. Remove the chops from the marinade; discard the remaining marinade
  4. Grill chops uncovered until grill marks appear, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn the chops and grill until an instant-read thermometer in the center registers 145°, 5 to 7 minutes more. Remove the chops from the grill and cover with foil; let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Season the chops with more salt and pepper just before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme if desired.

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