Easy Grilled Pork Chops
This Easy Grilled Pork Chops recipe makes perfectly grilled bone-in pork chops. With this simple cooking method you’ll be eating tender pork chops in less than 10 minutes!
Perfect Grilled Pork Chops
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.
These pork chops are 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!) I also love serving these with oven baked potatoes!
The pork chops come together quickly and easily. If you are wondering how to make the best pork chops of your life, keep reading!
* This is a sponsored post, created in partnership with the Minnesota Pork Board.
What Kind of Pork Chops Are Best for Grilling?
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!
You won’t believe it but you only need 3 ingredients to make perfectly grilled, juicy and flavorful pork chops. Here’s what you need:
- Bone-in pork chops
- Kosher Salt
How to Cook Pork Chops on the Grill
Once you have your ingredients together it’s time to start grilling! Here’s how:
- Season the pork chops: About 30 minutes before grilling season the pork chops. Place them on a small rimmed pan or plate and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper on both sides. 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.
- Heat the grill: Pork chops cook best at around 450° F. Clean the grill grates then close the grill lid for a minute to let the heat build back up.
- Grill the pork chops: Add the pork chops to your hot grates, then close the grill lid again. Cook for 2 minutes without peeking.
- Flip: Using tongs, flip the pork chops over and cook on the second side for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes longer, until each pork chop reads 145° F with an internal thermometer.
- Rest: Remove the pork chops from the grill and let rest for 3 minutes to seal in the juices and flavor.
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.
At What Temp Are Pork Chops Done?
Pork chops are done when they 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.
This, my friends, is how to grill pork chops.
What to Serve on the Side
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!
Easy Grilled Pork Chops
- 4 bone-in pork chops cut 1/2″ thick (about 1-1/3 to 1-1/2 lbs. total weight)
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- ½ 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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