Finally, a fast and easy recipe for juicy pork chops! In this case, less is definitely more. Salting the pork chops and letting them sit for 30 minutes is basically like a quick “brine” for the meat. Plus, it will help the meat cook more evenly overall.
Just remember to use a thick-cut chop because it locks in more moisture during the high-heat grilling process. Finish the meat off on a lower temperature, remove it from the grill and let it sit for a few moments to soak up all of the juices. Then, top it off with a dash of black or lemon pepper. So simple but so good!
Grilled Pork Chops Recipe
- 4 pork loin chops, at least 1" thick
- kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp oil, for brushing
- black pepper, or lemon pepper
- Prior to grilling, remove the chops from the refrigerator and season liberally with salt. Allow them to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes while the grill is preheated to medium.
- When the grill is hot, blot the moisture from the surface of the pork chops and brush both sides with oil.
- Grill the chops 3–4 minutes on the first side, then flip the chops and cook for an additional 3–4 minutes. If you would like to create those cool-looking hash marks on the surface of your pork chops, rotate the chop 90 degrees after about 2 minutes of grilling, then grill an additional 2 minutes before turning the chop to grill on the opposite side.
- Once the chops have grilled for the first 6–8 minutes, move them to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking. Grill until the internal temperature registers 145 degrees.
- Remove the chops from the grill onto a serving platter and tent loosely with foil. Allow them to rest for 3–5 minutes. Season with pepper or lemon pepper and a little additional salt if necessary. Enjoy!
This recipe is perfect for neighborhood barbecues because it’s delicious but really easy to make! Pair the pork chops with grilled fresh vegetables for extra flavor.