Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops is the perfect weeknight meal. The pork chops come tender, juicy and full of sweet and savory flavor.

Brown Sugar pork chops on a white platter with a side of broccoli
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We love grilling out pork chops because of how quick and easy they cook. The bone-in pork chops are grilled to perfection and basted with a brown sugar rub.

The Brown Sugar glaze is made with simple ingredients that consists of brown sugar, garlic and olive oil. These spices can be changed to what you prefer. It gives the pork chops so much sweet and savory flavor.

These brown sugar pork chops make the perfect weeknight meal. We eat a lot of chicken and when these pork chops are on the menu my family is gets so excited. You may also love this Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe.

What Type of Pork Chops are Best?

When we make this recipe we like to use bone-in pork chops. The flavor is delicious and they turn out so juicy. But you can also use boneless pork chops if you prefer.

Ingredients 

Pork chops, olive oil, salt, pepper, butter, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, paprika, thyme leaves
  • Thick Bone-In Pork Chops
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

For the Glaze: 

  • Olive Oil 
  • Butter 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes 
  • Paprika 
  • Dried Thyme Leaves 

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Change the Pork – Feel free to use bone-in pork chops, pork tenderloin, or a pork loin to make this recipe.
  • Bake Pork Chops – This brown sugar glaze would be delicious on bake pork chops. Bake in the oven in a casserole dish at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning or add in more spices. We recommend adding in ginger, garlic powder, or onion powder.
  • Marinade – Instead of using a dry rub you can make a marinade with the seasoning. Add in Soy sauce, a cup of apple juice or apple cider vinegar.

How to Grill Brown Sugar Pork Chops: 

  • Step 1 – Heat Grill – Preheat your grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  
Adding the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan

Step 2 – Heat Glaze – In a small saucepan, stir together the glaze ingredients.  Bring the mixture to a boil (stirring frequently).  Remove from the heat and set aside.  

Adding oil and seasoning to the pork chops on a plate

Step 3 – Rub oil on Pork Chops – Rub the olive oil on both sides of the ¼ inch thick pork chops. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. 

Placing the pork chops on the grill

Step 4 – Place Pork Chops on Grill – Place the pork chops directly on the grill (on direct heat). Grill for 2 minutes per side. Then move the pork chops to indirect heat (upper rack).

Grilled pork chops on the grill

Step 5 – Reduce Heat – Reduce the heat to medium and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Cook until the juicy pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.  

  • Step 6 – Rub Glaze on Pork Chops – Rub the brown sugar mixture onto both sides of the pork chops. Brush with a basting brush for the last 2-3 minutes of the cooked time.  
  • Step 7 – Rest Pork Chops – Let the pork chops rest for 5-10 minutes on a plate. Then serve warm and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Hot Grill – Make sure to grill on a hot, clean grill. This prevents the meat from sticking and giving you those beautiful grill marks.
  • Turn down heat – After cooking the pork chops on high heat, then reduce the heat and continue cooking.
  • Don’t Overcook – Make sure to use your meat thermometer to check for doneness. If your pork chops cook to long, they can be dry and tough to eat. Cook the pork chops until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
  • Same Size – When I purchase Pork Chops, I try to pick the same size of thickness. So that the pork chops are done about the same time.
  • Grill Type – You can use a charcoal grill or gas grill to grill pork chops.
  • Rest Pork Chops – Make sure to allow the pork chops to rest after removing from grill.
Brown Sugar pork chops on a white platter with a side of broccoli

Serving Suggestions

These brown sugar pork chops can be served with many different vegetables or side dish. You can cook your sides on the grill or cook them indoors. These are some of our favorites.

  • Parmesan Grilled Zucchini Recipe – Easy Parmesan Zucchini is the perfect side dish to make the next time you grill. We love to roast zucchini but grilling zucchini directly on the grill gives the zucchini that perfect grill marks.
  • Grilled Brussel Sprouts Recipe – The grill gives the Brussel Sprouts that charred edges, smoky flavor and cooks them tender. These Brussel Sprouts are seasoned with simple ingredients but can be changed to what you have on hand.
  • Grilled Potatoes in Foil – This potatoes in foil grill recipe is one my favorite sides to make. This dish is budget friendly and only require a few ingredients. You can easily change the seasoning or add other ingredients to add more flavor.
Brown Sugar pork chops on a white platter with a side of broccoli

Frequently Asked Questions

When do you add Glaze to Pork Chops?

This brown sugar glaze is best to be put on after cooking pork chops on the gas grill. We season the pork chops initially with salt and pepper and place on the grill.
Then after cooking over high heat, then lower the heat to medium. Continue cooking and then baste the pork chops with glaze.

How to Know when Pork Chops are Cooked

Use an instant read thermometer to make sure that the pork is cooked to a safe temperature. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the pork chops.
Once the pork chops reaches internal temperature of 145 degrees then pork chop is cooked.

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate the brown sugar grilled pork chops leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Make sure the pork chops are at room temperature before placing in the container.

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Brown Sugar Pork Chops

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Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops is the perfect weeknight meal. The pork chops come tender, juicy and full of sweet and savory flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Let Rest 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 455

Ingredients

For the Glaze:

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Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small saucepan, stir together the glaze ingredients.  Bring the mixture to a boil (stirring frequently).  Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Rub the olive oil on both sides of the pork chops. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  • Place the pork chops directly on the grill (on direct heat). Grill for 2 minutes per side. Then move the pork chops to indirect heat (upper rack).
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Rub the glaze mixture onto both sides of the pork chops with a basting brush for the last 2-3 minutes of the cooked time.
  • Let the pork chops rest for 5-10 minutes on a plate. Then serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the pork is cooked to a safe temperature. 
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 455kcal, Carbohydrates 10g, Protein 35g, Fat 30g, Saturated Fat 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 13g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 137mg, Sodium 931mg, Potassium 609mg, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 262IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 47mg, Iron 1mg

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