Learn How to Grill Pork Chops with these easy step by step instructions. Pork Chops are easy to grill and can be seasoned many different ways.
What Kind of Pork Chops to Pick?
There are many different cuts of meat that you can get from the loin. The shoulder cut is going to be the cut that has the most fat. You can choose the Rib Chop which is the most lean.
We like grilling both the pork tenderloin, boneless and bone-in. When choosing which pork chops we like to choose ones that are about 1 inch thick. These cuts always grill perfectly and have a lot of flavor.
How long to Cook Pork Chops on the Grill:
When grilling, make sure the grill is hot and you have oiled the grill grates. This ensure that the pork chops do not stick. We place them on the grill, season and close the lid.
We like to grill on indirect heat for about 2 minutes then move to indirect heat. This allows for the pork chops to lock in the juices and not get dried out.
Grill pork chops for about 10 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
- Bone-In or boneless Pork Chops
- Olive Oil
- Black Pepper
How Long to Grill Pork Chops:
- Prepare Grill – Preheat the grill to 450 degrees F.
- Oil Grates – Rub the olive oil on both sides of the pork chops.
- Season Pork Chops – Sprinkle the salt and pepper on each side of the pork chops and rub it into the pork.
- Add Pork Chops to Grill – Place the pork chops directly on the grill (on direct heat).
- Grill over direct heat – Grill for 2 minutes per side. Then move the pork chops to indirect heat (upper rack).
- Grill over indirect heat – Reduce the heat to medium and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Cook until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
- Rest Pork Chops Let the pork chops rest for 5-10 minutes on a plate or paper towel before serving and cutting.
- Serve and Enjoy – Serve warm and enjoy perfectly cooked pork chops.
Pork Chop Grilling 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 – If pork chops are grilling to quickly, turn down the heat.
- 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.
- 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.
How long to Cook Boneless Pork Chops on the Grill:
We love to grill thick boneless pork chops. When choosing the perfect boneless pork chops, we like them to be at least 1 inch thick. After we have seasoned and place on the hot grill, it only takes about 6 to 8 minutes to grill boneless pork chops.
Some might think that boneless pork chops dry and tough when grilling. But if you grill at the right temperature and the right length of time, your pork chops will come out perfectly.
Make sure to let them rest before cutting the boneless pork chops. Grilled Pork chop recipes are one of our favorite meats to grill.
How long to Cook Bone-In Pork Chops:
Bone-in are flavorful pork chops. But they need to be cooked the right length of time. Pork chops can be a little tricky to grill so that is why we always use a meat thermometer to ensure that we don’t under cook or over cook the pork chops. Plus to ensure that it is safe to eat.
When we grill pork chops we start off by cooking on the direct medium high heat for about 2 minutes on each side. Then we place the pork chops on the other side of the grill. Which is were the indirect heat is for the remainder of the time.
We always watch closely because pork chops can get dry real fast if cooked even a minute to long.
How do you Grill Pork Chops without Drying them out:
When we grill pork loin we have found the key to making sure they do not dry out is to watch them closely on the grill. It doesn’t take long to cook them so placing them on the indirect heat first and then the medium heat really helps to lock in the juices.
Also, we like to make sure to allow the pork chops to rest before cutting into them. Always make sure to use an internal meat thermometer to check for doneness.
What is the Internal Temperature for done Pork Chops?
To ensure that your pork chops are done, the internal temperature needs to reach 145 degrees. Always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
What to Serve with Pork Chops?
There are many sides that go perfectly with pork chops. When we grill, we like to make sides that can be make on the grill so it is easy cleanup. While your pork is cooking, you can prepare these amazing sides.
- How to Grill Bake Potatoes – The bake potatoes come out perfectly with the crispy skin and soft and hot on the inside.
- Grilled Carrots in Foil – This is our favorite way of making carrots.
- Macaroni and Cheese – This is a perfect oven recipe that come out so cheesy and delicious.
- See more best Sides for Grilled Pork Chops
How to Store Leftovers:
Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days. These pork chops are great leftovers. They make the perfect lunch the next day.
I like to meal prep with leftovers. With the pork chops, you can cut the pork chops off the bone and place in a microwave safe container with rice and a vegetables.
It can all be heated together and it saves my husband from hitting the drive-through at lunch.
- Spicy Pork Chops – If you prefer to give your pork chops a little kick, add in some red pepper flakes.
- Maple Syrup – Add in some quality maple syrup.
- Balsamic Vinegar – For the best fruity flavor, add in some quality balsamic vinegar.
- Dijon Mustard – To add tanginess to your pork chops, add in some Dijon mustard.
- Lemon Juice – We love adding lemon juice, it always gives it the perfect citrus flavor.
- Change the Seasoning – We have used simple season salt and these pork chops and they have turned out great. Really any dry rub works great.
Can I use a Marinade?
Yes, you can use a variety of marinades. When marinading pork chops make sure, you use zip lock bags to place the meat and marinade in. It allows you to move the meat around and ensures that it covers the entire pork chop.
We like to marinate the pork chops overnight in the refrigerator or for at least 20 minutes. This really locks in the flavor. Before you place pork chops on the grill, set out pork chop until they are at room temperature.
We do however, do recommend reusing marinade. Once you place the meat in the marinate, then you never want to reuse it. If you plan on basting your meat after or during cooking, reserve a cup of the marinade before adding your meat.
Easy Grilled Pork Chops:
Pork Chops are easy to grill and my family really loves them. They always come out so flavorful and are great leftover. You can even make Pork Fried Rice with leftover pork chops.
If you are needing something different to cook tonight, make grab some pork chops at the store. Season and throw on the grill. Grilled Pork Chops are a crowd pleaser.
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How to Grill Pork Chops
- Preheat the grill to 450 degrees F.
- Rub the olive oil on both sides of the pork chops.
- Sprinkle the salt and pepper on each side of the pork chops and rub it into the pork.
- 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 F.
- Let the pork chops rest for 5-10 minutes on a plate before serving and cutting.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
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