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How To Grill The Perfect Pork Chop

Pork chops are a versatile and delicious part of any meal. They can be grilled, pan-fried, or baked. Anyone can grill a pork chop, but not everyone knows how to grill the perfect pork chop. 

We’ll teach you the tips and tricks you need to know to create a delicious grilled pork chop that will have your friends and family asking for seconds! So, fire up the grill, and let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

  • Your desired cut of pork chops
  • Marinade or brine
  • Internal food thermometer
  • Grill

Step-By-Step Guide On How To Grill The Perfect Pork Chop

Pork Chops On A Grill
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Grilling the perfect pork chop is not as hard as you may think. You just need to follow a few simple steps, and you will have a fantastic, juicy chop that everyone will love. Keep reading for all of the details on how to make the perfect pork chop on the grill.

Step One- Choosing Your Perfect Cut

Pork chops with salt and black pepper and rosmary and chilli pepper
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The first step is to choose the right pork chop. You want to look for a thick-cut pork chop that is well marbled with fat. This will ensure that your pork chops are juicy and full of flavor.

There are many different cuts of pork chops, and each one has its own unique flavor and texture. The four most popular cuts of pork chops are the loin, rib, sirloin, and shoulder.

Loin Chops

Pork loin chops are a great cut of meat for grilling. They are lean and full of flavor, and grilling them brings out the best in both. Be careful not to over-grill, as this cut can get very dry if over-cooked.

Rib Chops

Pork rib chops are a great option for grilling. They are moderately lean and have a good amount of flavor. Be sure to trim any excess fat before grilling. Pork rib chops can be grilled using either direct or indirect heat.

Shoulder Chops

Pork shoulder chops are a great option for grilling. 

They’re hearty and full of flavor, and they stand up well to being cooked over direct heat. When grilling pork shoulder chops, it’s important to remember that they are a bit tougher than other cuts of pork.

Sirloin Chops

Pork sirloin chops are a great option for grilling. They are lean and juicy and full of flavor. When grilling pork chops, be sure to use moderate heat so that they cook evenly. This cut is also known to be a bit tougher than the above and may need to be braised for tenderness.

Step Two- Marinade or Brine

Marinade (soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and sugar)
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Marinade or brine? Which is better for grilling pork chops?

If you’re looking for the perfect pork chop, there are a few things to consider, including the marinade or brine you use. Both methods can help tenderize and flavor your meat, but which is best?

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of marinade vs brine for grilling pork chops:


  • Pros: Easy to prepare, can be made ahead of time
  • Cons: May not penetrate well into thicker cuts of meat, can make the outside of the meat too tough


  • Pros: Helps to keep the inside of the meat moist, can add flavor
  • Cons: Takes longer to prepare, can make the outside of the meat too salty

So, which is better? Ultimately, it depends on your personal preference. If you’re looking for an easy way to prepare your pork chops, a marinade is a way to go. However, if you want to ensure that your pork chops are juicy and flavorful, brine is the better option.

Step Three- Grilling Your Perfect Pork Chops

Pork chop on a plate with broccoli and potatoes
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Once you’ve chosen your perfect cut of pork chop and prepared your marinade or brine, it’s time to start grilling!

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates. Place the pork chops on the grill and cook for 8-12 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of your cut) or until cooked through (the safe internal temperature for pork chops is 145 degrees Fahrenheit). Be sure to baste the pork chops with the marinade several times during cooking.

Once the pork chops are cooked through, remove them from the grill and allow them to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite sides, and enjoy!

In Summary

Grilled pork chops are the perfect summer meal. They’re easy to make, and everyone loves them! Have you tried grilling pork chops yet? If not, what are you waiting for? The next time you fire up the grill, give these tips a try and see how delicious your grilled pork chops can be! Do you have any tips or tricks of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below!