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Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

These Juicy Grilled Pork Chops are full of flavor and perfectly charred. They’re soaked in a simple brown sugar rub to add a touch of sweetness.

grilled pork chop set against black grill grates

An Easy Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

These grilled pork chops are super easy to make. All you have to do is brush them with olive oil, rub with a perfectly awesome seasoning, and smoke them on the grill. They’re an explosion of flavor and juicy goodness!

You can even make these pork chops up to a day in advance, if you’d like. The longer they sit in the marinade, the juicier and tastier they’ll get!

a silver tablespoon inside a pork seasoning rub set in a glass jar

Recipe Ingredients

This dish comes together with just a handful of pantry staples, so you might not even need to stop at the supermarket. Here’s what you’ll need to make the best grilled pork chops:

  • Bone-In Pork Chops: Use bone-in pork chops for the most tender and flavorful result.
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Paprika: You can use either smoked or sweet paprika to achieve your desired flavor.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

How to Grill Pork Chops

  1. Dry Your Pork Chops: Pat dry pork chops with paper towels.
  2. Brush with Oil: Brush pork chops with olive oil and set aside.
  3. Make the Rub: In a small mixing bowl, stir together brown sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
  4. Rub the dry mix all over the pork chops. Transfer them to a resealable bag or mixing bowl; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours.
  5. Heat Grill: Preheat an outdoor grill to 400˚F – about medium to medium-high. Remove pork chops from the bag.
  6. Cook: Transfer pork chops to the preheated grill and grill, covered, for 7 to 10 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 145˚F. Do not overcook. Please use an instant read thermometer to check for doneness.
  7. Remove from Heat: Remove pork chops from the grill and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
raw pork chops rubbed with a seasoning

How Long to Grill Pork Chops

For this recipe, it should take 7-10 minutes per side to grill the pork chops. You’ll know they’re done when an internal read thermometer registers at 145˚F. Don’t let the internal temperature get much higher, or your pork chops will be dry.

If you’re using thicker pork chops, they may need a few extra minutes on the grill. It’s important to keep track of their internal temperature so your pork chops come out as juicy and tender as possible!

using tongs to turn over grilled pork chops

How to Tell when Pork Chops are Done

Your pork chops will pick up a beautiful char as they finish cooking, but the best way to tell when they’re done is to check their internal temperature. 145˚F is the sweet spot for perfect grilled pork chops.

Tips for the Best Grilled Pork Chops

  • Don’t Overcook: Nobody likes a tough and dry bite of meat, so make sure you don’t leave your pork chops on the grill for too long.
  • Let Cool Before Serving: Your pork chops will be very hot when you take them off the grill, so don’t try to eat them right away. You should let them cool down for at least 5 minutes. This also helps the flavors intensify!
  • Marinate for 2 Hours Minimum: For flavor purposes, marinate your pork chops for at least 2 hours before grilling. You can let them soak for up to a day to get the ultimate flavor and juiciness.
grilled pork chops served on a black plate with asparagus

Serving Suggestions

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Refrigerate any leftover pork chops in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • To reheat them, preheat your oven to 350°F and add a few tablespoons of broth or water to a pan. Place thawed pork chops in the pan and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until hot.
using tongs to turn over grilled pork chops
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4.93 from 14 votes

Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

These Juicy Grilled Pork Chops are full of flavor and perfectly charred. They're soaked in a simple brown sugar marinade to add a touch of sweetness.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinade Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best grilled pork chops, best pork chops, grilled pork chops, grilled pork chops recipe, how long to grill pork chops, how to grill pork chops, juicy grilled pork chops
Servings: 4
Calories: 376kcal

Equipment

  • Grill

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika, sweet or smoked
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Pat dry pork chops with paper towels.
  • Brush pork chops with olive oil; set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, stir together brown sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Rub the dry mix all over the pork chops. Transfer pork chops to a resealable bag or mixing bowl; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, and up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill to 400˚F – about medium to medium-high. Rub your grill grates with oil.
  • Remove pork chops from bag. Spray with cooking spray or add a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Transfer pork chops to grill; grill, covered, for 7 to 10 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 145˚F. Do not overcook.
    Please use an instant read thermometer to check for doneness. Thicker pork chops will need longer to cook.
  • Remove from grill; let stand 5 minutes.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

32 Comments

  • Beth
    Jul 7, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    5 stars
    My mouth is watering from the pictures. This looks so delicious and out of this world tasty! I can’t wait to try this!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jul 8, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Dorothy Reinhold
    Jul 8, 2020 at 1:07 am

    That rub is a thing of beauty! I can’t wait to fire up the grill!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jul 8, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Vikki
    Jul 8, 2020 at 6:04 am

    5 stars
    Such a simple rub, and yet it tastes so amazing! Made these for dinner and the whole family loved it

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jul 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      I am very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Catalina
    Jul 8, 2020 at 7:05 am

    5 stars
    Love easy and delicious dinner ideas like this. These pork chops are exactly what I need for dinner!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jul 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Allyson Zea
    Jul 8, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    5 stars
    These come out so juicy every time!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jul 13, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed them! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Suzy
    Jul 8, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    5 stars
    We’ve been on a grilling kick lately! Can’t wait to try these, they look so good and flavorful!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jul 13, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Jacque Hastert
    Jul 9, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    5 stars
    That rub sounds amazing! I can’t stop drooling over these pork chops and I wish I had them right now.

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jul 13, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • JENNIFER HEIMANN
    Jul 30, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Can you do these pork chops in the oven instead of grilling?

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jul 30, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Hi! Yes, you definitely can prepare them in the oven. I would first brown the pork chops for about 2 minutes per side in an oiled oven-safe skillet; then, add a tablespoon of butter to the skillet and pop them in a 400หšF-degree oven to finish cooking. Pork chops should be cooked for about 15 minutes, or until internal temperature of pork chops reaches 160หšF.

      Reply
  • Abbey
    Mar 31, 2021 at 11:21 am

    5 stars
    Turned out great!! Itโ€™s nice to have an alternative type of marinade/rub, because my family canโ€™t have soy which seems to be in every single marinade recipe. We loved this!!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 1, 2021 at 11:27 am

      That’s great! I’m very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Karla
    Jun 8, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    4 stars
    Quick & Easy to make and was a huge hit with my hubby

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jun 13, 2021 at 10:37 am

      That’s great! I’m happy you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Martha
    Jun 18, 2021 at 7:36 am

    5 stars
    This is my favorite way to grill thick cut pork chops. They are so good. I make this every couple of weeks. So easy and tastes great.

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Jun 22, 2021 at 10:17 am

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Amanda
    Jul 22, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    5 stars
    Holy crap. This is a new favorite!!!! Soooo goood

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Jul 24, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      I’m very happy you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Angelo Baron
    Aug 17, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe twice for my family and they just rave about this. I am a vegetarian and don’t eat this, but my family said make this again. Thank you for a quick and tasty dinner.

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Aug 25, 2021 at 10:02 am

      That’s great to hear! I am very glad everyone enjoyed it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • ANGIE
    Sep 8, 2021 at 11:24 am

    CAN I USE BONELESS CHOPS

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  • epucsauce
    Sep 11, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    5 stars
    I’m making these tonight because tge rub sounds so delicious. I did not substitute any ingredients, I’m going by what you have listed. I’ll update after dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Sep 13, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Melissa
    Dec 6, 2021 at 11:38 am

    5 stars
    I really don’t like pork chops! have made them once and the meal wasn’t very good, however we made these for my parents last night. They were fantastic! I’ll give my husband most of the credit for grilling- but these were the best I had ever tasted. My Italian mother (the world’s toughest food critic) even loved them! I used half sweet and half smoked paprika to make it an interesting flavor. Great recipe and thank you for posting this!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Dec 8, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      That’s great to hear! I’m very happy everyone loved it! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • Sarah R.
    Jul 4, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    5 stars
    Made these for our 4th of July dinner, they were amazing! Love the slight sweet flavor that the rub brings. Thank you!

    Reply

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