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Ultimate Grilled Pork Chops

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


  • 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
  • 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


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

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  • Laurie
    Jun 25, 2020

    Very EXCELLENT recipe ! I even use this brine for grilled chicken breasts, so moist and delicious.

  • Carmen
    Jun 24, 2020

    Best pork chop ever! Juicy, tender, and flavorful. I use my own rub recipe, but the brine was perfect.

  • bobbie miles
    Apr 19, 2020

    These are absolutely the best, moist , perfect seasoning. I make as stated, perfect every time and we have been making this recipe for at least 2 years.

  • Jana
    Jul 23, 2019

    Wonderful juicy pork Chops! I was worried grilling would dry them out but the brining worked magically. My chops were thick juicy and tender.

  • April
    Jun 22, 2019

    My husband and I love thick pork chops but not the chewy dryness. This recipe however knocked the chops out of the field and made a home run. In fact I did not save this recipe and was frantically searching til I remember the name ah yes A Taste Of Home for sure. Best recipe yet and I'm not changing to any other than these babies, wonderfully grilled so we'll, one of those...O M G moments, really!

  • Katherine
    May 26, 2019

    I added slightly less salt because I didn't have coarser Kosher and used finer grained table salt. You should be able to dip your finger in the finished brine (not a spoon slurp like soup) and have it taste pleasant. If it's too salty or not sweet enough, this is the chance to correct it. It's imperative you rinse

  • Kris Hodges
    Sep 30, 2018

    This recipe yields very tender, delicious pork chops. I've made it a couple of times and am always pleased with the results. You really should try these for a very yummy pork chop.

  • marcibanes
    Jun 21, 2018

    This recipe has alot of flavor. I do not barbque often and I'm always looking for new recipe's to try. One thing that I did, which was dumb, is after I had let it sit in the brine I added salt in the rub. So, now I know not to do that. I will definitely make it again but with NO salt in the rub.

  • wintermom9597
    May 14, 2018

    Delicious, tender, juicy chops. Used brown sugar in the rub and everyone loved them.

  • Tanya
    Apr 18, 2018

    These are the most deliciously moist pork chops I've ever eaten! I'll be making these again for sure!