Ultimate Grilled Pork Chops Recipe
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Ultimate Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

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A little brining and a special dry rub go a long way to making the perfect pork chop. Once you've mastered the techniques, you'll be enjoying them all summer long. —Matthew Hass, Franklin, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + brining Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + brining Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 4 bone-in pork center-cut rib chops (1 inch thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin and ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop: 300 calories, 18g fat (4g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine salt, sugar and 2 cups water; cook and stir over medium heat until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat. Add 2 cups ice water to cool brine to room temperature.
  2. Place pork chops in a large resealable plastic bag; add cooled brine. Seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible; turn to coat chops. Place in a 13x9-in. baking dish. Refrigerate 8-12 hours.
  3. Remove chops from brine; rinse and pat dry. Discard brine. Brush both sides of chops with oil. In a small bowl, mix rub ingredients; rub over pork chops. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  4. Grill chops on an oiled rack, covered, over medium heat 4-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
For Smoky Pork Rub: Prepare rub as directed, using smoked paprika in place of regular paprika. For Spicy Pork Rub: Add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to rub mixture. For Sweet Pork Rub: Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar to rub mixture.
Originally published as Ultimate Grilled Pork Chop in Taste of Home June/July 2015

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Rae User ID: 9172952 266179
Reviewed May. 21, 2017

"This is now my go to recipe for pork chops. I followed the directions exactly and they are the tastiest, moistest pork chops I've ever had. I've made them several times and they have been delicious every time. Everyone inhales them."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 257656
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"I really did not think the brine did very much. Overall these were nothing special and I didn't think the rub was that great. Won't make again."

neversusie User ID: 7949619 253061
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2016

"These are the best pork chops I've ever grilled. The brine was key, I believe. The rub was a very good flavor with the pork. I had used the bone-in center cut chops that were about an inch thick. Grilled them for about 4 minutes on each side as the recipe called for. They were so juice and tender - we loved them!! Will definitely be making these again!!"

kristylee3 User ID: 5487685 252013
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2016

"These were very good. We loved the taste of the rub. The only issue we had was that the pork wasn't as tender as we expected it to be per the reviews but it was still good enough to make again."

Ladynitro User ID: 8850266 251763
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2016


Bumblebeecreek User ID: 5928576 250493
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

"I am not sure what we did wrong, but these were among the worst pork chops we have ever done. We brined, exactly according to the recipe. We made the rub precisely according to the recipe. We cooked exactly as described. The end product was tender, but with almost no texture at all, a bit like dense tofu. The taste of the rub was so bad, we were not able to eat more than half of them, and threw out the rest instead of using for leftovers. I am sorry; I cannot believe all the 5-star reviews, but perhaps we did do something wrong. Any ideas?"

Rivkel User ID: 7467768 239928
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"Very juicy and delicious."

Ksmith996 User ID: 5653880 239760
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"WOW! This was great, wouldn't change a thing!"

TracyKingsley User ID: 8093970 231747
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"These pork chops are amazing!!! I like to add 3 T. brown sugar to the rub. I think the brining is the secret. I used it also on chicken breasts and a pork roast before grilling. It improved both immensely."

rinshin User ID: 1384577 231172
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

"I made this with smoked paprika. Although the taste was very good, I would reduce the amount of smoked paprika next time by half. It was a little too overwhelming. The brining really made the meat very tender. Overall, solid recipe."

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