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.
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!
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
- Dry Your Pork Chops: Pat dry pork chops with paper towels.
- Brush with Oil: Brush pork chops with olive oil and set aside.
- Make the Rub: 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 them to a resealable bag or mixing bowl; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours.
- Heat Grill: Preheat an outdoor grill to 400˚F – about medium to medium-high. Remove pork chops from the bag.
- 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.
- Remove from Heat: Remove pork chops from the grill and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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!
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.
- Salad: Pretty much any salad goes great with these grilled pork chops. To highlight their touch of sweetness, serve your pork chops with my easy Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing.
- Mushrooms: These Garlic Butter Mushrooms will taste so good with your pork chops. They’re made in just 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients!
- Potatoes: Who doesn’t love meat and potatoes? Pair your pork chops with mashed potatoes, hash browns or these Crispy Garlic Parmesan Baked Potato Wedges.
- Vegetables: Throw your favorite veggies on the grill with your pork chops for the simplest possible side dish. Or, throw together these irresistable Sautéed Garlic Butter Green Beans.
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.
Juicy Grilled Pork Chops
- 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
- 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.