July 19, 2024


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Juicy Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

These Grilled Pork Chops are perfect for summertime, but to be honest, you can whip them up all year long. The best part is that they’re always juicy on the inside and they form a perfectly seasoned crust on the outside. When it comes to serving, you can use them for everything from the main entree to a salad topper. 

If you love a great Grilled Steak, you’ll love these juicy grilled pork chops. It’s a more affordable option than expensive cuts of beef and a great way to satisfy your BBQ cravings.

Grilled pork chops on serving plate

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Love pork? Try some of our other grilled & BBQ-worthy pork favorites like grilled pork tenderloin with peaches, easy pork carnitas, or pulled pork while you’re at it.

Grilled Pork Chops that are Actually Juicy

These are the keys to ensuring your grilled pork chops aren’t dry. Follow these tips and you’ll enjoy some truly juicy pork chops.

  • Bring to room temperature – Pull the pork chops out and let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before grilling them. This will promote even cooking.
  • Check the Internal temperature – Pork chops are lean and cook quickly, so keep an eye on the internal temperature to prevent them from overcooking and drying out. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure they have reached 145°F and are safe to eat. Keep in mind they will continue cooking at about 5-10 degrees while resting, so pull them off just a bit before they are fully cooked. 
  • Rest before slicing – Only cut into the pork chops after allowing them to rest for 10 minutes. This helps the pork chops to retain their juices and become incredibly tender.

Ingredients for this Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

  • Bone-in pork chops – Go for bone-in thicker cuts, as they typically have more flavor and turn out extra juicy.
  • Olive oil – an extra virgin or light olive oil will work well here.
  • Garlic– You’ll want to use fresh garlic over garlic powder. If you love garlic, feel free to throw in a few extra cloves to the marinade. 
  • Lemon juice – You’ll need 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice from about 1/2 lemon.
  • Black pepper – Opt for freshly cracked black pepper for more flavor
  • Kosher Salt – A coarse, flakey kosher salt works best for the marinade.
Ingredients for pork chops and pork marinade

How to Make Grilled Pork Chops 

  • Pat the Pork Chops Dry – Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel to help the marinade “stick” better. 
  • Make the Marinade – In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and black pepper together. 
  • Rub the Marinade – Rub the marinade all over the sides of the pork chops and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow them to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour. 
  • Grill the Pork Chops – Grill the pork chops on high for about 5 minutes on each side of the grill grate. Pull them off the grill when the internal temperature reaches 140°F.
  • Allow the Chops to Rest – Allow the pork chops to rest for 10 minutes before slicing into them. This will bring the internal temperature to 145°F and make them extra juicy. 

Pro Tip: If you can, let the pork chops marinate overnight. It will take the flavor of the chops to the next level! 

step by step how to marinate and cook pork chops on the grill

Pro Tip: The grilling time will depend on the thickness of the pork chops. If you’re using thicker chops, they will take longer. Thinner chops will need less time. 

Serve With

There are a million and one different ways you can serve your pork chops – they are such a versatile protein! Here are a couple of our favorite pairings: 

Sliced and served pork chops with vegetables

Common Questions

How long should I cook grilled pork chops?

It takes about 5 minutes per side to grill pork chops if they are bone-in loin chops and about 2-inches thick. If you are using boneless pork chops or much thinner chops, they will cook much quicker.

Can grilled pork chops be slightly pink inside?

Yes, it’s perfectly normal for grilled pork chops to be slightly pink on the inside. If they are cooked to medium-rare (145°F), they will likely be pink and that’s perfectly safe. If you’re uncomfortable with pink, you can bring them to 155°F but they won’t be as juicy. Use an instant-read thermometer to get to your desired doneness.

Can I use a charcoal grill?

As a general rule of thumb, pork chops will cook quicker on a charcoal grill than they will on a gas grill. The fiery, hot direct heat from the coals will sear the chops quicker, so it’s important to try and regulate the heat and tamper the flames a bit before tossing them on. 

Grilled pork chop steak on a plate with lemon wedges

Storage & Reheating Tips

To keep your pork chops fresh for up to a week, store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to reheat them, cover them in foil and pop them back on the grill until warmed through. You can also reheat them in the air fryer or the microwave – just be sure to watch them closely so they don’t overcook! 

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Juicy Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Grilled pork chops served on a platter

How to make Grilled Pork Chops that are always juicy on the inside with a perfectly seasoned crust. This is the best way to grill pork chops. Brush with BBQ sauce to serve if desired.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin

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Cost to Make:



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Main Course

Calories: 388

Servings: 4 servings

  • 2
    bone-in pork chops, preferably thicker cut
  • 3
    olive oil
  • 3
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 2
    lemon juice
  • 1
    black pepper
  • 1
    kosher salt, adjust to taste
  1. Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and black pepper to create the marinade.

  3. Rub the marinade evenly all over the sides of the pork chops and place them in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Allow them to marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator.

  4. Grill the pork chops on high for about 5 minutes on each side (the cooking time will depend on the thickness of the pork chops). They are fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 145°F on an instant-read thermometer.*

  5. Allow the pork chops to rest for 10 minutes before serving them, bringing them to 145°F.

Note: Just like a steak, a pork chop’s internal temperature will continue to rise when it’s off the grill. You can remove the pork chops about 5 degrees before they reach their desired doneness. 

Nutrition Facts

Juicy Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 388
Calories from Fat 234

% Daily Value*

Fat 26g40%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Trans Fat 0.2g

Polyunsaturated Fat 3g

Monounsaturated Fat 14g

Cholesterol 117mg39%

Sodium 1838mg80%

Potassium 607mg17%

Carbohydrates 2g1%

Fiber 0.2g1%

Sugar 0.2g0%

Protein 35g70%

Vitamin A 14IU0%

Vitamin C 4mg5%

Calcium 40mg4%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.