Grilled Pork Chops

It’s easy to make grilled pork chops that are juicy and tender, you just have to know a couple of simple tricks.

It’s easy to make grilled pork chops that are juicy and tender, you just have to know a couple of simple tricks.

I’m not lying. To make juicy, tender pork chops on the grill, there are really only two things you need to know. I learned how to do it and so can you. If you don’t have a grill, no worries. Here’s how I cook pork chops in a pan.

The challenge is that pork chops are relatively lean. They can have some fat near the bone, but overall, the meat is pretty fat-free. That’s good if you’re trying to be healthy, but it means that the slightest bit of overcooking can make your chops tough and dry.

So what do you do?

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One, don’t overcook it. Pork doesn’t have to be as well done as you might think. According to the National Pork Board, go for medium-rare, not medium or even well done. If you’re checking with a thermometer, that means 145-150°F. If you’re checking by touch, that means a chop that’s 1 and 1/4 inches thick (or less) should feel barely firm to the touch and definitely not rigid. So, use this if you want to roast pork or pork loin, too. On my grill, that means 5 to 6 minutes per side, but use a thermometer or the touch method and calibrate the cooking time to your grill.

And two, brine! I can’t recommend brining enough. It’s really easy to do, and it really helps any kind of lean meat, from pork chops to chicken breasts to turkey, stay juicy and flavorful. Especially if you’re cooking over a high, dry heat like you have with a grill.

Follow my tips and you’ll have juicy, tender, perfect grilled pork chops every time. Oh, and if you happen to need some gravy, I’ve got you covered there, too. You don’t even need drippings with this recipe.

Christine :)

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Grilled Pork Chops


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus time for (optional) brining
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: -25490462.05 minute
  • Yield: 4

Description

It’s easy to make grilled pork chops that are juicy and tender, you just have to know a couple of simple tricks.

Ingredients

  • 4 pork rib chops, about 1 inch thick, ideally brined (see this post) 
  • 1/2-1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the pork on both sides with 1/2 teaspoon salt (or 1 and 1/4 teaspoons if you didn’t brine) and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Prepare a grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Add the pork chops, close the lid (for a gas grill) and cook 5-6 minutes. Flip, close the lid (for a gas grill) and cook to an internal temperature of 145°F, another 5-6 minutes.
  4. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Are you wondering how to make grilled pork chops that are juicy and tender? You just have to know a couple of simple tricks that make them simple to make and very flavorful. They are not dry and make a perfect easy dinner. #pork #grill #grilling #recipe #dinnerrecipe

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