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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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5 from 6 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
Author: Katerina

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

16 Comments

  • Beth
    July 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!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      July 8, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Dorothy Reinhold
    July 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 Petrovska
      July 8, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Vikki
    July 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

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      July 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      I am very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    July 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!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      July 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

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

    5 stars
    These come out so juicy every time!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      July 13, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed them! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Suzy
    July 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 Petrovska
      July 13, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Jacque Hastert
    July 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 Petrovska
      July 13, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

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

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

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    • Katerina
      July 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 400˚F-degree oven to finish cooking. Pork chops should be cooked for about 15 minutes, or until internal temperature of pork chops reaches 160˚F.

      Reply

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