These grilled pork chops are THE BEST ever. They're easy to make, flavorful, and always juicy. Coat them with a wet rub made from pantry-staple spices then pop them on the BBQ for 14 minutes and dinner is ready!

A close up of juicy grilled pork chops on a plate.

When the weather is hot and I'm craving pork, this is the recipe I always make. I've made it so many times that it's become one of those “back pocket recipes.” You know the kind I'm talking about, right? The recipe that you make again and again until you stop measuring the ingredients and make it by memory.

These grilled pork chops are about to become your back pocket recipe.

Why you'll love these grilled pork chops

  • BBQ pork chops that are JUICY are easy to fall in love with.
  • The wet spice rub (made with ingredients I bet you have in your pantry right now) is delicious and perfectly compliments the grilled chops.
  • This recipe is a summer-friendly version of my crazy popular Juicy Baked Pork Chops. If you like that one (and I know you do!) then you'll love this one, too.
  • Unlike many pork recipes, this one is 100% sugar-free. That's right, my friends. This is a healthy pork chop recipe.
  • These chops are so tasty that all you need to make them a meal is a simple side salad. Give it up for easy summer dinners!

4 grilled pork chops with lots of tasty charred bits on a plate.

Best Grilled Pork Chop Marinade

This marinade is my absolute favorite. It's a BBQ-friendly version of the one I use in my Juicy Baked Pork Chops recipe and very similar to the one I use in my Best Grilled Chicken Breast recipe.

The spices you'll need are:

  • Paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

To make the marinade, you mix the spices with some oil and apple cider vinegar until a paste forms. The vinegar tenderizes the meat and the wet rub helps prevent the chops from drying out on the grill. It's the perfect grilled pork chop marinade.

A bowl with the grilled pork chop marinade and a spoon in it.

How long to grill pork chops

The thickness of your pork chops is what will determine how long they'll need to stay on the BBQ. I don't recommend grilling pork chops that are less than 1-inch thick as they tend to dry out easier.

On a medium-high heat BBQ, you want to grill boneless pork chops for 14 minutes per inch of thickness. Add 2 minutes per inch if you're using bone-in pork chops.

The best way to tell if your pork chops are cooked, and to not overcook them, is to use an instant-read meat thermometer. When you think your chops are done, insert the thermometer into the middle of one of them. If it reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, your chops are ready to come off the grill.

Is this a healthy grilled pork chop recipe?

Yes! Pork chops are lean meat and a healthy main dish option. They are low in saturated fat and calories and high in protein. While you'll often find sugar added to pork chop recipes, I think it's totally unnecessary to take a healthy cut of meat and add unhealthy sugar. The paprika and onion powder in the marinade add the perfect gentle sweetness to this recipe so there is no need for sugar.

This recipe is low-carb, gluten-free, paleo, sugar-free, and Whole30. But most importantly, it's delicious!

A close up of sliced juicy bbq pork chops on a dinner plate.

What to serve with grilled pork chops

When the weather is hot and you're standing in front of the grill, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven to make a side dish. That's why having a few BBQ-friendly and no-cook side dish recipes are so important. Here are my favorites:

And if you're feeling extra hungry, round out the meal with one of my two fav grilled potato recipes:

Sliced barbecue pork chops on a dinner plate with a side of tomato cucumber salad.

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Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 14 mins
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These grilled pork chops are THE BEST ever. They're easy to make, flavorful, and always juicy. Coat them with a wet rub made from pantry-staple spices then pop them on the BBQ for 14 minutes and dinner is ready!


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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder and garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, salt, and pepper
  • 4 (1-inch) boneless pork chops

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper until a thick paste forms.
  2. Coat both sides of the pork chops in the paste and set them aside on a plate to marinate while you warm up the grill, or up to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high. If you have a BBQ Mat, use it. (It will help keep your BBQ clean.)
  4. Grill your pork chops for 7 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Let them rest for 5 minutes after removing them from the grill.

Notes

The best way to know if your pork chops are cooked (and to not overcook them) is to use an instant-read meat thermometer. Pork chops are safe to eat once they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

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