Pork chops marinated with flavors of honey and mustard, grilled to perfection, and served along with fiery red salsa. Does this make your mouth water? Pork chops not cooked properly can leave you with an unflavored, tough piece of meat. However, cooking the perfect pork chops need not be a pain anymore with these simple tips.
The trick to getting great, non-leathery grilled pork chops every time is to get the temperature just right and marinating the pork for at least 6 hours before grilling it. So for all those who want to enjoy the succulent and tasty grilled pork chops cooked just right, here is a step-by-step guide and tips for grilling pork chops.
How to Grill Pork Chops
For cooking the perfectly grilled pork chops, you need to pick out your meat with care. Check the cut and ensure that there is an amount of fat on each slice. You should preferably pick pork chops that are cut lean and have a sufficient amount of fat on the outer edges.
Grilled Pork Chops Marinade
: The first step is to marinate them. Marinating pork chops helps in enhancing the taste of grilled pork chops by adding flavor as well as tenderizing them. To make the marinade for grilling pork chops, take a semi-deep dish, and lay all the pork chops in it. Now sprinkle a meat tenderizer such as white vinegar and salt onto the exposed side of the pork chop. You can also use any of your favorite marinades. To help the seasoning set into the pork chops, rub it into your pork chop until it is fully set in. Now sprinkle oregano onto the pork chop and press the seasoning into the meat. Once a side of the meat is cooked, flip it, and repeat.
A great way to letting the flavors sink in is to marinate the chops for at least 6 hours before putting them on the grill. You can place the pork chops into a resealable plastic bag and put the bag into the refrigerator. If you have less time, then prick the pork chops with a fork to help it absorb the marinade faster.
Preheat the Gas/Charcoal Grill
: In order to grill the pork, you need to preheat the grill up to 375ºF. In case you are grilling pork chops on a gas grill, you need to switch to medium hot and heat the grill to about 450ºF. Once you have reached the desired temperature, you need to find the hot and warm spots on your grill. On a gas grill, turn one side of the grill off, or in case of a charcoal grill, move the coals to one side of the grill. The warm spot of the grill will be the side where there is no direct heat source.
Grilling Pork Chops
: Remove the chops from the plastic bag and use tongs to place them on the hot spot of the grill. Sear each side of the chops for 1-2 minutes by turning the chops over with a pair of tongs. Now turn down the fire to low and close the lid on the grill. Cook the chops until the juices run clear when slitted or an instant-read meat thermometer reads 150ºF. Remember not to place your pork chops over direct flame or heat as they can cause the meat to not only cook too fast, but also possibly burn. Once the chops are cooked, take them off the grill, and let them rest for 5-10 minutes under a foil tent. After they have rested for 5-10 minutes, you can now serve the pork chops with either grilled baked potatoes, grilled veggies, or rice.
Grilled Pork Chops Recipes
The Classic Grilled Pork Chops
- 8 (½-inch thick) pork chops
- 8 green onions, finely chopped
- 2 stalks of lemon grass finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (optional)
Add the chopped onions and lemon grass in a large bowl along with salt, pepper, and sugar. Mix all the ingredients together until it becomes a thick paste, and then add fish sauce, brandy, and chili flakes. Coat each pork chop with seasoning and refrigerate it for a couple hours before grilling them.
Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce
- 6 boneless pork chops
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
Add lime juice, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl. Now add oil in a slow stream while you are whisking it well. Add the cilantro. Now pat the pork with the marinade and season it with salt and pepper. Oil the grill rack and then the grill pork chops, covered, turning over once, until just cooked through. To cook the pork chops thoroughly, you need a total of around 5 to 6 minutes.
To make the grilled pork chops juicy and succulent, it takes a certain amount of patience and skill. The trick is to sear the outside while slow roasting it from the inside. Once you have mastered the technique of grilling pork chops the right way, it is easy to prepare them at home and enjoy the succulent treat.