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This is truly the perfect 15-minute grilled pork chops recipe! A simple seasoning and a few minutes on the grill yields juicy, tender meat for an easy dinner any night of the week. Serve the pork chops with mac and cheese, biscuits, cornbread, pasta salad, Caesar salad, or collard greens for a delicious and simple family meal.

Close up shot of juicy grilled pork chops

How to Grill Pork Chops | 1-Minute Video

Grilled Pork Chop Recipes

There are a handful of grilled pork chop recipes that the whole family loves — and that we therefore serve on repeat. These delicious 15-minute grilled pork chops are one of those great meals that comes together quickly with just a few very basic ingredients. They always get rave reviews (even from picky little kids)!

The Best Pork Chops for Grilling

Pork chops are a loin cut perpendicularly to the spine of the pig and usually containing a rib or part of a vertebra. There are four major sections where pork chops come from:

  • Shoulder Chops (also called Blade Chops): This dark-colored meat has a lot of fat and connective tissues, and some blade bone. This cut has a lot of flavor, but it also contains a lot of tough gristle, so the meat does best when it’s tenderized or braised in slow, moist heat. Shoulder chops are well suited for the slow cooker.
  • Rib Chops (also called Center-Cut Rib Chops): These come from the rib section of the loin, and have a bone running along one side and sometimes a layer of fat on the outside. Rib chops from the blade end have more fat and connective tissue than chops from the shoulder end. These chops are very tender and have a mild flavor. Since the meat is lean, rib chops do best with quick cooking like grilling, broiling, or sear-roasting.
  • Loin Chops (also called Center-Cut Loin Chops): This cut comes from the hip and loin toward the back of the animal. Loin chops cut toward the center of the loin will have a T-shaped bone that has loin on one side and tenderloin on the other. Sometimes the more tenderloin present, the higher the cost. Top loin chops will have no tenderloin. Like rib chops, they should be cooked quickly, so grill, broil, or sear-roast these chops.
  • Boneless Chops (also called Pork Loin Filets): These chops come from the head of the loin above the loin chops. Boneless pork chops are basically top loin or rib chops with the bones removed. Cook boneless pork chops the same way as rib or loin chops — grilling, broiling, or sear-roasting.

In short, you can use this easy grilled pork chops recipe with rib chops, loin chops, or boneless chops. Our preference is always a 1-2 inch “thick-cut” chop. The chops shown here each weighed about 8 ounces and measured about 1 ½-inches thick.

Close overhead shot of a sliced grilled pork chop on a blue and white serving plate

Ingredients

This is just a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for our favorite grilled pork chops. As always, specific measurements and complete step-by-step instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.

  • Pork chops: our preference is always a 1-2 inch “thick-cut” chop. The boneless pork chops shown here each weighed about 8 ounces and measured about 1 ½-inches thick. You can use bone-in chops or thinner chops if you like.
  • Olive oil: adds flavor to the meat, helps the chops brown on the outside, and prevents the meat from sticking to the grill.
  • Seasoning blend: our favorite all-purpose or “house” seasoning blend includes garlic powder, kosher salt, dried parsley, dried minced onion, and dried basil.

How to Grill Pork Chops

You only need a few pantry staples and about 5 minutes to prepare these pork chops for the grill. Let’s get started!

  1. Prepare the Seasoning. We’re using our favorite all-purpose or “house seasoning” on these chops, which is a simple blend of equal parts garlic powder, kosher salt, dried parsley, dried minced onion, and dried basil. We use this seasoning on everything from pork to salmon, chicken to steaks, pasta, salads, and roasted veggies. It’s truly an all-purpose mixture that makes almost anything taste better, so feel free to mix it up in bulk in a big bowl or jar and keep it in your pantry for any variety of other uses!
  2. Season the Pork Chops. Pat the pork dry, rub the meat with olive oil, and then sprinkle with the seasoning. I typically use about 1 teaspoon of olive oil per chop and about ¼ teaspoon of seasoning on each side. You can obviously adjust these amounts to suit your personal taste, though.
  3. Grill the Pork Chops. Heat the coals on a charcoal grill, gas grill, or indoor grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush the grill grates with oil to prevent sticking, and then grill the chops for about 5-6 minutes per side. The pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
Close up front shot of juicy and tender grilled pork chops

How Long to Grill Pork Chops {Time Chart}

The total cooking time for your pork chops will depend on the size and thickness of your meat, as well as the temperature of your grill, and whether you’re using bone-in or boneless chops. Here’s a handy chart that provides a closer approximation for your reference:

Again, the best way to know when your meat is done is to use an instant-read meat thermometer. Pork chops should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F.

How to Serve Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

This versatile meat pairs nicely with almost any of your favorite sides. Here are some of our favorite side dishes that go with grilled pork chops:

Wines that pair well with Savory Grilled Pork Chops

Pork chops are a pretty neutral white meat, so they pair nicely with acidic, fruity white wines. Good options include:

  • Riesling
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
Overhead shot of grilled pork chops on a wooden table

Preparation and Storage Tips

  • Prepare a batch of the seasoning blend in advance, so that the pork chops only require a few minutes of actual hands-on prep before they go on the grill.
  • Store leftover grilled pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Wrapped tightly, the leftovers will last in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • You can grill raw pork chops from frozen, but you will need to increase the cooking time by about 50 percent. Again, use a meat thermometer to know when the pork is done.

How to Reheat

Place the pork chops in a dish and cover with foil. Warm in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes, or just until heated through. Be careful not to overcook them, or they will become tough and dry.

Recipe Variations

  • This recipe works well with bone-in or boneless pork chops. Just adjust the cooking time according to the size and thickness of your meat (refer to the chart above).
  • Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste. You can use a prepared all-purpose seasoning, barbecue seasoning, cumin, paprika, onion powder, ground red pepper (for spice), any combination of your favorite herbs, or just keep it simple with salt and black pepper.
  • Baste the pork chops with bbq sauce during the final few minutes.

Tips for the Best Grilled Pork Chop Recipe

  • Get the grill nice and hot. Similar to pork tenderloin, pork chops are a lean meat, so they stay juiciest when cooked quickly over medium-high or high heat.
  • The total grilling time will vary depending on a number of different factors, such as the temperature of your grill, the temperature of your chops when they go on the grill, and the size and thickness of your meat. As a result, it’s always best to use a meat thermometer to know exactly when your pork is done. You’re looking for an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Allow the meat to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. The juices will redistribute throughout the meat so that the pork chops stay nice and juicy.
  • Health Benefits of Pork Chops: Grilling pork chops can be a healthy way to prepare this lean cut of meat. Pork chops have 24 grams of protein in a 3-ounce portion and offers a good source of zinc. A 6-ounce grilled pork chop seasoned with olive oil and all-purpose seasoning has about 250 calories, 13 grams of fat, zero carbohydrates, and 31 grams of protein. This is a Keto-friendly and low-carb option.
Front shot of sliced grilled pork chop on a plate with rice and green beans

More Grilled Pork Chop Recipes to Try

Close up shot of juicy grilled pork chops

Perfect 15-Minute Grilled Pork Chops

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 249.6 kcal
Tender and juicy every time, these grilled pork chops are truly the best!

Ingredients
  

FOR THE PORK CHOPS:

  • 4 thick-cut boneless pork chops
  • Olive oil

FOR THE HOUSE SEASONING:

  • ¼ c. garlic powder
  • ¼ c. kosher salt
  • ¼ c. dried parsley
  • ¼ c. dried minced onion
  • ¼ c. dried basil

Instructions

PREPARE THE HOUSE SEASONING:

  • Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 1 year.

PREPARE THE PORK CHOPS:

  • Pat the meat dry. Rub each chop with olive oil and sprinkle with House Seasoning, to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon of olive oil and ¼ teaspoon of seasoning on each side of each pork chop).

GRILL THE PORK CHOPS:

  • Heat coals, gas grill, or grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush grates with oil to prevent sticking. Place meat on the grill and cook for about 5-6 minutes per side (for thick boneless chops) or refer to the cooking time chart above for other cuts. The pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

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Notes

  • Get the grill nice and hot. Similar to pork tenderloin, pork chops are a lean meat, so they stay juiciest when cooked quickly over medium-high or high heat.
  • The total grilling time will vary depending on a number of different factors, such as the temperature of your grill, the temperature of your chops when they go on the grill, and the size and thickness of your meat. As a result, it’s always best to use a meat thermometer to know exactly when your pork is done. You’re looking for an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Allow the meat to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. The juices will redistribute throughout the meat so that the pork chops stay nice and juicy.
  • Health Benefits of Pork Chops: Grilling pork chops can be a healthy way to prepare this lean cut of meat. Pork chops have 24 grams of protein in a 3-ounce portion and offers a good source of zinc. A 6-ounce grilled pork chop seasoned with olive oil and all-purpose seasoning has about 250 calories, 13 grams of fat, zero carbohydrates, and 31 grams of protein. This is a Keto-friendly and low-carb option.
  • This recipe works well with bone-in or boneless pork chops. Just adjust the cooking time according to the size and thickness of your meat (refer to the chart above).
  • Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste. You can use a prepared all-purpose seasoning, barbecue seasoning, cumin, paprika, onion powder, ground red pepper (for spice), any combination of your favorite herbs, or just keep it simple with salt and black pepper.
  • Baste the pork chops with bbq sauce during the final few minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 6oz grilled pork chopCalories: 249.6kcalProtein: 31.5gFat: 13.6gSaturated Fat: 4.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 67.5mgSodium: 487mgFiber: 1.5g
Keyword: boneless pork chops recipe, grilled pork chop recipes, grilled pork chops, how long to grill pork chops
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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  1. 5 stars
    INCREDIBLE!! The seasoning is perfect! I linked your recipe on a Whole30 Facebook group page, where we’re always looking for healthy, delicious recipes. Thank you for such a great recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this seasoning blend and it really is excellent! Used it to make these Pork Chops and the wife and I egress it was the best grilled pork chop we’ve ever had. Don’t be scared of the seasoning, I’ve used it sparingly and I’ve used it fairly heavy and it is wonderful both ways. It never becomes overpowering and always brings out the best in the dish. My wife is beginning to think I actually know what I’m doing with that grill. I do use a thermometer (OXO Digital) and just follow temp directions. Thank you Blair for a delicious Pork Chop dinner!

    1. Thank you, John! I’m so glad to know that you and your wife love the seasoning (and the pork chops). I appreciate that you took the time to come back here and leave me a note!

  3. 5 stars
    The seasoning for this is fantastic! It also works on chicken and I’ve even sprinkled it on veggies. It’s a great balance of flavors.