Ultimate Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

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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
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + brining Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + brining Grill: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 4 center-cut pork rib chops (1 inch thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • BASIC RUB:
  • 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

Directions

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.
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.
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.
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

Nutritional Facts

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

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 4 center-cut pork rib chops (1 inch thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • BASIC RUB:
  • 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
  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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scooby65 User ID: 3010176 274467
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2017

"Fabulous pork Chops! Prepared as directed using smoked paprika and brown sugar in the rub. These by far were the most moist pork chops my husband has ever grilled. We will be making these often!"

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tampagram User ID: 3326876 271676
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2017

"Made this for dinner tonight, & only fixed 2 large pork chops, about 1" thick. It was fantastic! Brined according to recipe - didn't change a thing or reduce amounts of anything. After 9 hours used basic rub, cutting ingred's in half (for 2 chops). I used smoked paprika (only kind I had) & 2 tbsp brown sugar in the rub. My husband said best pork ever! He grilled them about 7 min on hi covered on our weber grill. We will definitely make them again!

JUICY & TASTY"

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hendia1 User ID: 4106423 269224
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2017

"Loved this recipe. I have tried others for grilling pork chops but this is the recipe I will save and use again."

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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."

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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."

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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!!"

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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."

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

"Beewq"

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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?"

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

"Very juicy and delicious."

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