Easy Grilled Pork Chops
With this quick Easy Grilled Pork Chops method, once the pork chops hit the hot grill grates, you’ll be eating tender, juicy pork chops in less than ten minutes!
See that plate? It’s one of the meals we eat most often around here, especially during the prime Minnesota grilling season, from spring through fall.
Easy Grilled Pork Chops topped with pickled mustard seeds, plus fresh greens and homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. (Those pickled mustard seeds are definitely optional, but just know that even our kids are on board with this tasty condiment!)
The pork chops come together quickly and easily. Once those thin-cut pork chops hit the hot grill grates, we know we’ll be eating tender, juicy pork chops in less than ten minutes. Really!!
* This is a sponsored post, created in partnership with the Minnesota Pork Board.
I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy pork chop recipes. And that’s where my love for bone-in, thin-cut pork chops comes in extra handy.
I prefer bone-in, as the bone helps to keep the pork juicy and gives the meat a richer flavor.
And I’m all about thin-cut pork chops because:
- A thick pork chop is oftentimes just too much meat for one person.
- I really like the larger ratio of grilled, seared texture per bite.
- The thin cut cooks up FAST, needing just a few minutes over the hot flames!
Did you know that Minnesota is the second largest pork producing state, home to more than 3,000 family pig farms?
Pig farmers generate 6 billion dollars in economic activity for Minnesota – and they take great pride in the strides they’ve made in the areas of sustainability and animal care. To read more about Minnesota’s pig farming, go here.
I purchase pork for our family at Hagberg’s, our local small town meat market and butcher shop. Hagberg’s is a third-generation family business that is proud to support local businesses and farmers.
If you’ve ever walked through their door, I don’t have to tell you about the wonderful smoky aromas drifting from the back meat counter. Our community knows this is “the meat place”.
All of the pork in the Hagberg’s meat case is raised right here in Minnesota. You’ll find a variety of pork chops to choose from, with my favorite being the bone-in pork loin rib chop. I like the chops cut half an inch thick, and Billy Hagberg is always happy to oblige.
This photo was taken during a video shoot at Hagberg’s. Be sure to check out the video here in this post!
Pork chop seasoning
We season the pork chops very simply, with only kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. I used to be much more reserved about the use of salt, but I’ve learned that “just a little bit more” brings out a wealth of natural flavor in pork.
How long to grill pork chops
Thin-cut pork chops cook up super fast on the grill.
Over high heat, cook for about 2 minutes per side to reach a medium internal temperature of 145 degrees. Use a digital thermometer for a quick temperature reading. Pork is best with a little blush of pink, so take care to not overcook.
Then remove the pork chops from the grill and let them rest for 3 minutes to seal in juices and natural flavors.
This, my friends, is how to grill pork chops.
easy grilled pork chops + a fun condiment
Serve the grilled bone in pork chops with pickled mustard seeds, for a fun and tangy contrast.
And keep those mustard seeds on hand for adding bold, bright flavor to sandwiches, dressings, and dips. This homemade condiment literally pops with flavor and texture. It’s so fun!
And homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is heavenly drizzled over some fresh greens, a perfect side for this meal.
When it comes to grilled pork chop recipes, this is the easiest, quickest, tastiest way I know. It’s a lifesaver meal during the busy week, yet fabulous enough for entertaining friends and family on the weekend!
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- 4 bone-in pork chops, cut 1/2" thick (about 1-1/3 to 1-1/2 lbs. total weight)
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Remove pork chops from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling. Place chops on a small rimmed pan or plate and sprinkle fairly generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. Be sure to also sprinkle salt and pepper on the bones.
- Heat grill to high, about 450° F. Clean grates well, and then close grill lid for a minute to build heat back up.
- Place pork chops on hot grates, close grill lid, and cook for 2 minutes without peeking. With a tongs, flip pork chops over and cook second side for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes longer, until a medium internal temperature of 145° F is reached. Use a digital thermometer for a quick temperature reading. Remove pork chops from grill and let rest for 3 minutes to seal in juices and natural flavor.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 668mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 40g
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