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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!
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 complements the grilled chops.
- This recipe is a summer-friendly version of my crazy popular 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!
Best Grilled Pork Chop Marinade
The spices you'll need are:
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
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.
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 not overcooked, 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!
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:
- Cauliflower Salad with Avocado Pesto Dressing
- Easy Asian Coleslaw with Orange Sesame Dressing
- Curry Grilled Carrots with Yogurt Sauce
- Grilled Garlic Butter Mushrooms
- Avocado Cucumber Salad
- Smoky Parmesan Corn on the Cob
And if you're feeling extra hungry, round out the meal with some perfect basmati rice or one of my two fav grilled potato recipes:
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- 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 thick boneless pork chops
- 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.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
- 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.4 1-inch thick boneless pork chops
- Preheat your grill to medium-high. If you have a BBQ Mat, use it as it will help keep your BBQ clean.
- 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.
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