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How to Grill Juicy Pork Chops

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These juicy grilled pork chops are an absolutely delicious meal! I'll show you step-by-step how to get the best flavor and texture from grilled pork chops.

This process calls for a dry brine - I highly recommend brining the pork chops for 24 hours, but if you are pressed on time, you can do it in 2 hours.

Grilled pork chops with lemons on a serving platter.

Why You'll Love The Grilled Pork Chops

This grilled pork chops recipe does have a few steps, but it's easy to follow and you'll love the results!

Juicy pork chops are a real treat. You can serve them with a few sides or slice them up and them to pork chop recipes like our Pork Chop Sandwich. They'll keep in the refrigerator for several days and make great leftovers.

While this recipe does require you to plan ahead for the dry brine it's so worth it!

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Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make the best grilled pork chops.

Four fresh thick-cut pork chops.
Seasoning blend for pork chops.
  • Thick-Cut, Bone-In Pork Chops (the thickness of the chops matters!)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Paprika 
  • Cumin Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Rosemary

See the recipe card for quantities.

Why You Need Thick Cut Chops

I highly recommend using thicker chops (1 ⅓ inch to 1 ½ inch thick). This helps to retain moisture better and will result in juicy chops.

Thin pork chops will dry out and become too tough. You can cook thinner chops in a manner similar to pork tenderloin under low, slow heat.

I do not recommend using boneless pork chops for this recipe. They'll dry out too quickly when you do the reverse sear.

Because this is a high heat method of cooking chops, you should use a bone-in pork chop for the best results. Bone-in pork chop types include center-cut rib chops, shoulder chops, and rib chops, which will both work for this recipe.

Most grocery stores will have one kind of bone-in chop, but you may have to go to a butcher or specialty meat store to get a specific kind.

Instructions

Pat dry the pork chops with some paper towels and set them on a cutting board.

Combine the salt, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried rosemary. Stir till combined. 

Sprinkle half the mixture over the pork chops and rub it in. Flip the pork chops and sprinkle on the remaining spice blend and rub it in. 

Pork chops with a dry rub on a cutting board.

Place the pork chops on a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack. 

Four pork chops dry brining on a rack and rimmed baking sheet.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably up to 24 hours (if possible).

Remove the pork chops from the refrigerator 30 minutes before using, to bring them to room temperature. 

Pork chops dry brining in the refrigerator.

If the layer of fat along the side of the pork chops is thick, use a sharp knife to slice into it in 2 to 3 places to prevent the chops from curling.

Slices in the fat of the pork chops.

While the pork rests at room temperature, heat half of your grill to medium-high heat (400 degrees) - the chops will be cooked on direct and indirect heat. 

Place the chops on the side of the grill without heat and close the lid of your grill. Allow them to cook for 15 minutes in indirect heat.

Pork chops cooking on one side of the grill.

Move the chops to the hot side of the grill, over the flames, and allow them to develop grill marks, flipping occasionally for 3 to 6 minutes.

If you’d like to add BBQ sauce, now is the time to do it, brush it on both sides of the chops.

The pork chops will be done when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.

Flames on a grill cooking pork chops.
Pork chops with grill lines on a grill.

Remove the pork chops from the heat and allow them to rest for 10 minutes on a cutting board.

Serve the pork chops whole or in slices.

Four grilled pork chops on a cutting board, resting after they've been on the grill.

More Great Grilling Recipes

If you love grilling, try some of our other favorites.

What to Serve with Grilled Pork Chops

Here are some delicious sides for your chops.

Storage

The cooked pork chops will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.

Juicy grilled pork chops topped with herbs on a serving platter.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Cooking Tips - You can make this on a gas grill or charcoal grill, but you need to use a grill large enough that you can have two distinct sides - one with indirect heat, and one with direct heat.

Grill Preparation - Make sure to thoroughly clean your grill grates before making this recipe. If you are worried about the meat sticking to your grill, you can always brush a tablespoon or two of olive oil or neutral oil onto the grill grate before adding the chops.

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Yield: 4 servings

Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled pork chops on a serving plate.

This delicious grilled pork chops recipe will be your new favorite meal!

Ingredients

  • 4 thick-cut bone-in pork chops (1 ½ inch center cut if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary

Instructions

  1. Pat dry the pork chops and set them on a cutting board.
  2. Combine the salt, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried rosemary. Stir till combined. 
  3. Sprinkle half the mixture over the pork chops and rub it in. Flip the pork chops and sprinkle on the remaining spice blend and rub it in. 
  4. Place the pork chops on a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably up to 24 hours (if possible). Remove the pork chops from the refrigerator 30 minutes before using, to bring them to room temperature. 
  5. If the fat cap is thick on the pork chops, use a sharp knife to slice into it in 2 to 3 places to prevent the chops from curling.
  6. Heat half of your grill to high heat (400 degrees) - the chops will be cooked on direct and indirect heat. 
  7. Place the chops on the side of the grill without heat and close the lid of your grill. Allow them to cook for 15 minutes in indirect heat.
  8. Move the chops to the hot side of grill, over the flames, and allow them develop grill lines, flipping occasionally for 3 to 6 minutes. (if you’d like to add BBQ sauce, now is the time to do it, brush it on both sides of the chops)
  9. Remove the pork chops from the heat and allow them to rest for 10 minutes on a cutting board. Serve the pork chops whole or in slices.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 744mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 53g

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