Juicy and delicious Grilled Pork Chops made with a simple dry rub. You will never want to eat anything else again!
I love this recipe for its simplicity and intense flavor. A super easy combination of seasoning will make these grilled pork chops the star of your barbeque. Serve them with a salad or an easy side dish like this grilled zucchini, and you’ve got a delicious summer meal.
Pork chops are an inexpensive and delicious way to bring variety to your protein rotation all year round. This recipe can be made on a grill pan or broiler in the colder months too.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Pork Chops – choose thick bone-in pork chops, about 1 1/2 inches. The bone keeps the meat moist and juicy. Boneless pork chops are easier to overcook and dry out.
- Olive Oil – I like using olive oil to rub the food I grill. However, you can use any other flavorless oil, like avocado oil or sunflower oil.
- Seasonings – for this grilled pork chops recipe I used a mix of paprika, dried onion, dried garlic, sea salt and pepper. Simple yet delicious!
How to Make Grilled Pork Chops
- Start by placing your pork chops on a plate and pat them dry all over with a paper towel. Really take your time here.
- Once dry, rub olive oil all over using your hands. Make sure to coat them well on both sides.
- In a small bowl mix 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp dried onion, 1/2 tsp dried garlic, sea salt and pepper to taste. Use a spoon to combine well.
- Sprinkle half of the seasoning on one side of the pork chops and rub it in, then place them in a deep marinating dish. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning on the other side of the pork chops, rub it in and cover your dish with cling film or a plate. Make sure it doesn’t touch the top of the pork chops. Refrigerate anywhere from 1-8 hours to marinate. 8 hours or overnight will give the best flavor.
- Preheat the grill to 450F. Once hot, grill the pork chops for 5-8 minutes on one side, then flip and grill 5-8 minutes on the other side. Keep the lid closed while grilling to maintain the heat. The pork chops are cooked to perfection when the internal temperature reaches 145F. Use a meat thermometer for this and remove them from the grill as soon as you’re about to reach that temperature, otherwise the pork will overcook and become super dry.
- Let the pork chops rest for about 5 minutes before cutting to finish cooking and set the juices. When done, serve them on a plate with your favorite side dish and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you grill pork chops without drying them out?
The best way to get nice and juicy pork chops is to use high heat to sear them on each side, then remove from heat just before the 145F mark and let them rest for about 5 minutes. Another important tip is to take the marinating pork chops out the fridge and let them reach room temperature before grilling them. Otherwise you risk burning them on the outside while the inside is still pink.
Can I use boneless pork chops instead of bone-in?
Boneless pork chops are leaner and cook really fast making them easier to dry out on the grill. They are much better suited for cooking on a skillet.
How do you store grilled pork chops?
It is best to eat fresh grilled pork chops. However, any leftovers should be refrigerated within two hours in an airtight container for a maximum of 3-4 days. The best way to reheat them is in the oven with a little water or broth to avoid drying them out.
Grilled Pork Chops
- 4 bone-in pork chops
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried onion
- 1/2 tsp dried garlic
- sea salt
- Pat dry the pork chops with a paper towel.
- Add olive oil to the pork chops and use your hands to coat them all over.
- Add spices to a small bowl or plate and use a fork or whisk to combine them thoroughly.
- Sprinkle pork chops on one side with half of the spice mix, then place in a baking dish or any other container you can cover the pork chops in without the cover touching the chops.
- Sprinkle the other half of the spice mix on the other side and rub it in with your hands.
- Cover the pork chops and let marinate in the fridge for 1-8 hours.
- Take the pork chops out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before they will hit the grill.
- Grill at 450F for 5-8 minutes on one side, then flip and grill another 5-8 minutes on the other, depending on the thickness. Make sure to close the grill's lid every time to maintain the heat. Use a meat thermometer to determine when they are done. The perfect internal temperature for pork chops is 145F. Do not overcook or it will dry out.