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The Best Pork Chop Marinade is easy to make and perfect for any preparation of pork chops whether they are pan fried, baked, or grilled. 

Pan-grilled Pork Chops in a skillet topped with chopped fresh parsley

In the past I’ve shown you how to make the Perfect Thick Cut Pork Chop, and judging by all the reviews, it lives up to its name. Today I’m sharing the perfect pork chop marinade with you so you can add a whole new layer of flavor and juiciness to your chops.

This marinade for pork chops is simple, and uses common ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. It has the perfect balance of sweetness, flavor, and acidity. Pork needs a lot of salt, so be sure to add salt after cooking, to taste, to achieve absolute perfection. I often say that if your pork chop doesn’t blow you away on the first bite, it probably just needs a bit more salt.

A grilled pork chop served with mushrooms, red bell peppers, broccoli, and snap peas on a plate

What is the best cut of meat for pork chops?

There are four different cuts of pork chops. The most preferable is the center cut rib chop.

  1. Rib Chop: This is the most desirable cut of pork chop. It comes from the rib section (hence its name) and has a large bone running along one side. This cut is very tender with a nice pork flavor.
  2. Loin Chop: This pork chop cut has a t-bone in the middle. It has two different kinds of meat on it, with loin meat on one side, and tenderloin meat on the other side. These two meats cook at different rates so it is a more difficult cut to work with.
  3. Boneless Chop: This is the most lean cut of pork. It is very easy to over cook this cut and dry it out as it has very little fat, connective tissue, and doesn’t have any bones. This is the most commonly sold pork chop cut in the United States, but it is certainly not the most desirable because it is lean, and so easy to overcook.
  4. Shoulder Chop: This is the least desirable cut of pork chop and is not commonly found in American grocery stores. They have lots of flavor, but also have a lot of gristle and bones. This cut of chop is best braised.

If you want to make smoked pork chops, be sure to check out my recipe and instructions for smoking pork chops. You can definitely use this marinade with smoked pork chops too. If you are short on time, be sure to check out my Easy Baked Pork Chops for a quick and easy pork chop recipe that is always a hit.

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTubeFacebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Pan-Grilled Pork Chops in a skillet topped with chopped fresh parsley
The Best Pork Chop Marinade is easy to make and perfect for any preparation of pork chops whether they are pan fried, baked, or grilled. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Place pork chops into a resealable plastic bag.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, brown sugar, garlic, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar, ground mustard, salt and pepper.
  • Pour over the pork chops in the plastic bag. Seal and place in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours.
  • To cook, heat an oven-safe heavy skillet over high heat. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.
  • Sear the pork chops for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer skillet immediately to the oven and cook until the internal temperature of the chop reaches 145 degrees, about 15 minutes.
  • Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1pork chop | Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 630mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Main Dish, Marinade
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork Chop Marinade
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