Zesty Grilled Chops Recipe
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Zesty Grilled Chops Recipe

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These pork chops make a quick company dish. Our family enjoys them on the grill, as the summer weather in our part of the country is hot and muggy. In the wintertime, they're wonderful prepared in the broiler. —Blanche Babinski, Minto, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 bone-in pork loin or rib chops (about 1-1/2 inches thick)

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop: 214 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine first five ingredients; reserve 1/3 cup mixture for brushing over chops. Add pork chops to bag; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Drain pork, discarding marinade. Grill chops, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 145°, 6-8 minutes per side. Brush occasionally with reserved soy mixture during the last 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Grilled Chops in Country June/July 1991, p47

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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bratmet1 User ID: 8896836 253527
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"Followed the recipe exactly...was not impressed. Trying to figure out why everyone gave this recipe so many stars!"

Dougie55 User ID: 8327261 229103
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"Like others, I have been making this for years. Because I love garlic, I tend to add a bit more. After experimenting with other meats and such, I found that you can make a bit more marinade and separate it and use some as a basting sauce. This is really great on any type ribs, especially country style. Great recipe."

VOGIE User ID: 252250 227232
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"Have been making these chops since the it was originally posted and just had a request from my son who lives out of state to send it to him. First time I ever made them his comment was this is awesome, what kind of meat is it. We have found that the longer you marinade them the better they are."

frandangler User ID: 4243941 226849
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"OhBarbi, the marinade was too sweet because you substituted ketchup instead of chili sauce. Ketchup is full of sugar. The chili sauce is used to balance out the brown sugar. You should have fiollowed the recipe. You should have given this marinade a 5 star rating. It was your mistake, not the person who submitted the recipe."

Lindy52 User ID: 916972 13430
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2014

"uwasv_waya These reviews are not all about you! They are about the recipe."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 62974
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"My husband and I enjoyed these delicious pork chops the other night. They are so easy to prepare and great for warm weather grilling. I only marinated the chops all day instead of overnight and they were delicious. We will have this again."

OhBarbi User ID: 5434643 14865
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"Too sweet; I should have cut back on the brown sugar. I didn't have chili sauce so I substituted ketchup and sprinkled it with cayenne. Pork chop was tender."

CharlotteBaillargeon User ID: 1418919 39068
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Try substituting Low Sodium Soy Sauce. The taste is just a great and you save tons of sodium... These chops are really the best ever."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 8017
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"I have been using this recipe for pork chops for years and my family loves it! It works well with a pork tenderloin also. A keeper!"

nisswachick User ID: 6440276 15296
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"I have used this recipe since it was originally printed in 1999. It is a family favorite and always asked for! LOVE IT!"

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