Grilled Pork Chops – super easy pork chops that are seasoned with a few simple spices and then grilled to perfection. Juicy, tender, and the perfect easy summer dinner.
My family absolutely loves pork in just about any form. I think it is a highly underrated protein because for years it has been over cooked and has a reputation of being dry and tough. if you have been around here before you have seen tons of pork recipes where I try to dispel this and show you just how delicious pork can be. And these grilled boneless pork chops are no exception.
This grilled pork chop recipe is super simple to make, you just need a few spices that you probably already have in your pantry. You are basically making a quick little rub to flavor the pork chops before throwing them on the grill. If you have a favorite rub, like this super versatile Dry Rub that works for just about any protein you can also use that instead.
I personally like to use thick cut boneless pork chops when I am grilling. I think they cook more evenly than bone-in pork chops. You will see others says the only ones to use are bone-in and that you are doing it wrong if you use boneless. I think you use whichever cut of pork you like and have in your fridge. Bone-in will take a slightly longer to cook but may have a little more flavor. But I think boneless can stay nice and juicy if you use a thermometer to tell when they are done. Plus they cook faster, which I am always a fan of.
How To Grill Pork Chops
You will see conflicting theories about the right way to cook pork chops. Some will say a super high temperature to sear the outside and cook them quickly. Others want a lower temp so you don’t dry them out. Just like everything else, I am in the middle. I like to cook at a moderate heat on the grill so they get that nice charred flavor, and then just monitor them to know when they are done. The key to cooking pork is using a meat thermometer. The reason pork has a bad reputation for being dry and tough is because it used to be recommended that it was cooked to 165 degrees F. After lots of research and studies it was determined this is incorrect, and you can safely cook to 145 degrees F. So checking the temp and taking them off at the right temp is the key!
- I like to preheat the grill to about 375 degrees. This takes about 10-12 minutes with the lid closed.
- While the grill is preheating mix the spices together in a bowl and then just rub evenly over the pork chops.
- Once the grill is hot just place the pork chops on the grill. You will turn them after about 4-5 minutes.
- After 10 minutes I check the temperature to see if they are done.
How Long To Grill Pork Chops
Grilling 1 inch thick pork chops (boneless or bone in) take about 10-12 minutes at about 375 degrees F. The heat of your grill can alter the time by a minute or two, which is why a meat thermometer is so important. If you are using thicker cut pork chops they will take longer, and you will want to lower the temperature of the grill slightly so you don’t burn the outside before the center is cooked.
What Temperature Should Pork Be Cooked To
Pork is perfectly cooked when it is 145 degrees F. It will be juicy and full of flavor, so keep an eye on the temp and make sure to remove it from the heat once you reach this temp. The main question people always have is “Why are my pork chops always tough?” The answer is simple, you cooked it over 145 degrees. The pork starts to dry out and get tough after this stage, so you need to cook them for less. The USDA is who changed the guidelines for cooking pork almost 10 years ago, so it is completely safe and cooking to the old temperature guidelines are what gives you dried out and tough pork chops.
What to Serve with Pork Chops
The next time you are trying to figure out dinner and want something easy you can throw on the grill, remember Grilled Pork Chops. They only take about 10 minutes to cook and are super juicy and full of flavor. Such a great and easy weeknight meal.
More Great Pork Dinner Recipes
- Smothered Pork Chops
- Smoked Baby Back Ribs
- Oven Baked Pork Chops
- Lemon Garlic Pork Chops
- Yogurt Marinated Pork Kebabs
- Crispy Pork Cutlet
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin
- 4 boneless pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp dry mustard
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- Preheat grill to 375-400 degrees F. Will take about 12 minutes with the lid closed.
- Meanwhile mix together the spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the pork and rub evenly over the chops.
- Place pork on the grill and turn after 4-5 minutes.
- Cook until pork reaches 145 degrees F. Remove from the grill and serve.
Amount Per ServingCalories 334Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 103mgSodium 1869mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 37g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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