These easy grilled pork chops are marinated then cooked on the grill until perfectly charred! Juicy and succulent thanks to a delicious, savory marinade!
These easy grilled pork chops are juicy, succulent, and full of savory flavor! They’re marinated in a delicious spice blend then grilled until perfectly charred.
Why this recipe works
- These grilled pork chops have a wonderful smokey flavor from the grill that’s accented from the smoked paprika in the marinade!
- Letting the pork chops marinate 45 minutes to overnight keeps them juicy and succulent while cooking on the grill.
- Make this a part of a low carb meal! There’s only 9 grams of carbs per serving.
- This is a great recipe to make for the summer or any bbq!
- You can also make this with an indoor grill pan! Just make sure your pan is hot enough when adding the pork for those beautiful grill marks.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Pork chops – I used boneless pork chops cut to 1/2 inch thick, totaling 24 oz.
- Smoked paprika – this helps accent the smokey flavor in the grilled pork chops
- vegetable oil – I recommend using an oil with a high smoke point, like avocado oil
- dried herbs – use any dried herbs you’d like. I used dried parsley and dried cilantro
Step by step instructions
- Combine the pork chops with the marinade ingredients and let it sit in the fridge for 45 minutes to overnight. Optional – Add chopped onions to the marinade and grill them up!
You can place it in a resealable plastic bag or cover with plastic wrap.
- Remove the pork chops 15 minutes before cooking. Let your grill heat to medium high heat. Test to make sure your grill is hot enough by flicking a bit of water on it. If it sizzles and dries immediately, it’s ready to add the pork.
- Lay the pieces flat on the grill and avoid any overlap. Cook the first side for 4 minutes. Flip it over and cook the other side for 3 minutes.
- If you added onions to the marinade, grill them while the pork chops are resting. Cook for about 3 minutes or until slightly charred.
- Garnish with fresh herbs and serve alongside the grilled onions and other vegetables.
Frequently asked questions
A safe internal temperature for pork chops, tenderloin, and pork loin is 145 to 160 degrees F. 145 degrees F is considered medium rare while 160 degrees F is considered well done.
For half inch thick boneless pork chops, the total cook time should be around 6 to 7 minutes, flipping about half way through.
For one inch thick boneless pork chops, the total cook time should be around 8 to 10 minutes, flipping half way through.
The cooking time is affected if you have bone-in pork chops. Use a cooking thermometer to check the thickest part next to the bone. It’s safe to consume when it’s 145 to 160 degrees F.
Expert tips and tricks
- Make sure your grill is properly heated before adding the pork. Test by flicking a bit of water on the grill. If it sizzles and evaporates immediately, it’s ready.
- For beautiful grill marks, leave it alone and don’t move it around after placing it on the grill. It will release easily when it’s done on that side and you’ll see clear grill marks.
- For diagonal grill marks, rotate the meat 45 degrees.
- Be sure not to heat your grill too high. The marinade contains sugar which can easily burn.
What to serve with this:
- Crunchy Asian Cucumber Salad
- Chinese Style Dry Fried Garlic Green Beans
- Asian Sesame Broccoli Salad
- Healthy Rainbow Cabbage Salad Recipe
More grilling recipes to try:
Easy Grilled Pork Chops
- 2 lbs boneless pork chops – cut into 1/2 inch thick pieces
Grilled Pork Chops Marinade
- ⅓ cup avocado oil
- 6 cloves garlic – minced
- 1 ⅔ Tablespoons sugar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons dried herbs
- 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ large onion – (optional) cut into large pieces
- Add the pork chops and marinade ingredients into a resealable plastic bag and massage it together. If using, add the onions to the bag and place it in the fridge for 45 minutes to overnight.
- Heat your grill or indoor grill pan over medium high heat. Once your grill is heated properly, place the pork chops on the grill and let it cook for 4 minutes. Be sure not to overlap the pork chops. Flip it over and let it grill for another 3 minutes. Remove from the grill and let it rest for 3 minutes.
- If you added onions to the marinade, grill the onions for 3 minutes or until slightly charred.
- Serve the grilled pork chops with the onions. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley if desired.
- A safe internal temperature for pork chops, tenderloin, and pork loin is 145 to 160 degrees F. 145 degrees F is considered medium rare while 160 degrees F is considered well done.
- For half inch thick boneless pork chops, the total cook time should be around 6 to 7 minutes, flipping about half way through.
- For one inch thick boneless pork chops, the total cook time should be around 8 to 10 minutes, flipping half way through.
- The cooking time is affected if you have bone-in pork chops. Use a cooking thermometer to check the thickest part next to the bone. It’s safe to consume when it’s 145 to 160 degrees F.
*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.