I have heard many people say they are afraid to make grilled pork chops due to them drying out. Truth be told, I struggle with making them in the oven sometimes. Occasionally I over cook them in the oven and they get a little dry. There is a very fine line between cooked and over cooked. It is hard to see that line in the oven. But on the grill? It is easier then you think to create juicy pork chops on the grill.
There are many “secrets” all over the Internet I bet. I haven’t looked really but I am sure there are. The secret I have found to work is easy. It comes into 3 parts – no worries very easy steps.
The Secret to Juicy Grilled Pork Chops
Ok this isn’t a huge secret really. The first thing you need to do is create the perfect dry rub. There are different rubs you can use but I recommend it having just a touch of salt. Not a lot, but a touch. I use 1/4 tsp for this so it doesn’t go sodium overboard! The dry rub is included below.
The next step is to let it them sit out after putting the dry rub on. I let them sit out for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat. Meat will dry out before cooking all the way through if you throw it on the grill cold – or in the oven. I have them sitting out on wax paper here.
The last step is pretty simple too. Cook them with the grill covered for about 5-7 minutes (depending on thickness.) Now lift the lid and if you see the pork chop just starting to turn white on time, flip it carefully now. Cook for another 5-7 minutes with the lid down. When you lift the lid, you should see a little bit of the juices coming up top. As long as it isn’t pink, you are ok. Depending on your rub, sometimes it is not a clear juice. If it is pink cook another couple minutes. Most importantly, do no flip them around often. You flip once and that is it. You will lose juice if you move them around too much.
Take your grilled pork chops off the grill and put them onto your serving platter.
See now I told you they are easy steps! I try to make it less complicated for all.
As a Note:
This is for a gas grill with the burners low, some grills cook differently and charcoal takes longer. I also cut mine to a 3/4 inch thickness from a loin. You can buy the regular pork chops as well, I just really like getting a loin on sale. It is usually much cheaper and I cut enough for a couple meals.
Juicy Grilled Pork Chops
- 2.5 lbs pork chops
Dry Rub for Pork Chops
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried minced onion
- Mix the dry rub ingredients together. Rub all over the pork chops and let them sit out for 15-20 minutes
- Heat the grill up with the burners on low. Add the pork chops and cover the grillCook for about 5-7 minutes depending on thickness. They should be just starting to turn white on the top.Flip carefully, if they do not want to come off the grate yet then cook another minute before flipping.Cover and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Lift the lid and look at the pork chops. If juices on top of pork chops is no longer pink, they are done. Juices might be clear but sometimes they are a little brownish from the grill marks and the dry rub. Just as long as they are not pink, you are good.
- Remove pork chops from the grill to a serving plate. Enjoy!