Savor the excellence of our grilled pork chops—thick, hearty, and truly exceptional. These chops boast a delightful resemblance to juicy steak, yet with an extra touch that elevates them to unparalleled levels of tastiness. Get ready for a culinary experience that transcends the ordinary, making every bite a celebration of flavor and texture!
The spice rub on these guys is what really sets them apart from the rest – it imparts an unforgettable flavor profile for your mouth to savor every bite as you sink your teeth into this succulent cut of meat. While I am not much of a pork eater (except for bacon!), these grilled pork chops are an exception. Because they truly are exceptional.
Let me show you how you can make them like we do.
To make these mouthwatering pork chops, you need the following:
- Thick-cut, boneless pork chops (I recommend buying your chops at Costco)
- All-Purpose Rub by 4Rivers Smokehouse
How To Make the Best Grilled Pork Chops
This recipe takes at least 4 hours to make because you want to rub the all-purpose seasoning on the pork chops ahead of time so that the meat will soak up the delicious spices.
You can make the seasoning blend at home or purchase it from 4Rivers Smokehouse.
We love these pork chops rubbed with 4Rivers Smokehouse All-Purpose Rub so much that it has become a pantry staple for us.
To make the chops, generously rub the seasoning on the top and bottom of the pork chops, as well as the sides.
Refrigerate the seasoned pork chops for at least 4 hours, ideally for 5-6.
When you get ready to grill the chops, remove them from the refrigerator and allow them to sit at room temperature while you prepare your grill.
Turn the burners on your gas grill to HIGH and heat for at least 10 minutes before putting the meat on the grill. You want the grill to get as hot as possible – between 500 – 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
The following cook times are going to be based on ideal grilling conditions, meaning that it is warm outside and that your grill will be able to maintain its temperature.
To make things easy on yourself, use a timer or an app on your smartphone. These chops will get “flipped” at least three times during the cooking process to help ensure even cooking.
Once the grill is in the ideal cooking range, place the pork chops on the grates.
Cook them for 3 minutes and then flip. Repeat this step 2 more times. Cook for another 3 minutes and then remove the chops from the grill. The total cooking time is 12 minutes.
[If it is cold outside, cook the chops for an additional minute on each side.]
Allow the pork chops to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving/cutting.
Safe Handling of Pork
Pork is a good, lean protein option. Like other raw meats, it needs to be handled and cooked properly to prevent illness. Here are some tips for safe handling:
- Raw pork should be stored in the refrigerator (which should be 40° F or below).
- Raw meat should be refrigerated or frozen as soon as possible after purchase. Never let raw meat sit at room temperature for more than two hours before refrigerating or freezing it.
- Defrost frozen meat either in the refrigerator or in cold water.
- When working with raw pork and other items such as vegetables, use separate cutting boards to prevent contamination.
- Use an internal thermometer to check doneness. Pork should be cooked to a minimum temperature of 145° F followed by a 3-minute rest time prior to eating.
Frequently Asked Questions
Grilled pork chops go well with so many things – macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, salad, veggies, etc.
While some people say to grill pork chops at 375-400 degrees, we have found that grilling them at a higher temperature while flipping them at 3-minute intervals creates a juicy chop that is cooked well and meets the safe internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Yes! Pork has been considered “the other white meat” for years. Thick-cut, boneless chops are naturally lean and are considered as healthy as chicken.
Grilled Pork Chops
- 24 ounces pork chops thick-cut, boneless (5-6 pork chops)
- ¾ cup All-purpose Rub
- Generously rub the seasoning (approximately 2 tablespoons per chop) on the top and bottom of the pork chops, as well as the sides. Refrigerate the seasoned pork chops for at least 4 hours.
- Remove the chops from the refrigerator and allow them to sit at room temperature while you prepare your grill.
- Turn the burners on your gas grill to HIGH and heat for at least 10 minutes before putting the meat on the grill. You want the grill to get as hot as possible – between 500 – 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the pork chops on the grates. Cook them for 3 minutes and then flip. Repeat this step 2 more times. Cook for another 3 minutes and then remove the chops from the grill. The total cook time is 12 minutes.
- Remove the chops from the grill and allow them to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving/cutting.
Be sure to come back and tell us how your pork chops turned out!