I love cooking pork in all it’s wonderful varieties, but a nice thick grilled pork chop is definitely one of my favorites.  There are several different ways to cook pork chops; in this video recipe, I show you a grilled preparation.  Pan, or oven roasting, is great, but the smokiness and char that you can get on the grill adds a unique and delicious flavor all its own, and I’m sure to make grilled chops a few times a year.  Fruit is also a great match with pork, and for this recipe, I make a mango sauce that provides some sweetness and heat, that really elevates the flavor of the pork.  Hope you enjoy it as much as did. 

Recipe Overview and Keys to Success

  1. Brining the pork chop is not strictly required, but I sure do recommend it.  A good brine will add flavor and moisture, and give you a bit more leeway when it comes to not overcooking the meat. 
  2. Don’t overcook the meat. Dry pork = not good.   Brining helps give you a bit of cushion. As does buying thick, double cut chops.  Also now that there are new guidelines for cooking pork…”medium to med - well” is a totally acceptable (I say preferred) doneness. 
  3. Finally, use very high heat to get a good sear on the outside…it will only take about 8 minutes to cook through


Ingredients (for about 2 people)

  • 2 Double cut pork chops
  • Ground cumin
  • Pork chop brine (optional)
  • Mango Sauce

Making the Grilled Pork Chop

  • Brine the chops for 5 – 8 hours
  • Remove the chops from the brine and dry them.  Allow them to come up to room temperature
  • Season with cumin, salt & pepper on both sides; coat them in olive oil
  • Lay the pork chops on a super hot, pre-heated grilled and allow them to sear for 3 – 5 minutes depending on their thickness; don’t play, turn or mess with them
  • Turn the pork chops over and sear the other side for about 1 minute less time than you did the first side
  • Test the doneness using either the firmness test…or use a meat thermometer
  • Pull the chops off the grill and allow them to rest for 4 – 5 minutes covered
  • Plate the chops and then drizzle the warmed sauce around the plate

As you can see, I served the pork chop with a some nicely roasted tomatoes…through on some Brussel Sprouts and you’ve got the perfect meal.  Enjoy!!

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Grilled Pork Chops