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Perfect Grilled Pork Chops are actually really easy to make. Choose the right cut, add some seasoning, and grill the best pork chop you’ve ever had in your life!

A stack of Grilled Pork Chops

These pork chops are magical! They rival any beef steak. Every time I make them people rave that they are the best pork chops they’ve ever had in their life. Follow my instructions and you will be the star of every backyard barbecue! People can’t get enough of my perfect pork chops.

What is the best cut of meat for grilled 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.
Grill Pork Chop served with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables

What kind of pork chops should I buy for grilling?

Bone in pork chops are the best for grilling. You want to purchase a pork chop that is at least 1-inch thick to use on the grill. If you don’t see any out for purchase, you should ask at the meat counter and they can cut them for you. Ask for a 1 1/2 to 2 inch bone-in center cut rib chop or loin chop. Either of these will be a great option for the grill.

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A stack of grilled pork chops
Perfect Grilled Pork Chops are actually really easy to make. Choose the right cut, add some seasoning, and grill the best pork chop you've ever had in your life!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
  • 4 bone-in thick center cut or rib chop pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Heat an outdoor grill to high heat, about 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare your chops by rubbing both sides with olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, stir together paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the mixture on each side of the pork chops and rub it in.
  • Grill the chop by searing each side for 2 minutes over the high heat. Remove the chops to an upper rack or to a spot with indirect heat to finish cooking.
  • Reduce the burners to medium, close the lid, and cook for about another 15 minutes more. Actual cooking time will depend on the heat of your grill and the thickness of your pork chop. Pork needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 354kcal | Protein: 35g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1256mg | Potassium: 604mg | Vitamin A: 490IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Pork Chops
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May 31, 2020 3:40 pm

5 stars
Great simple recipe with so much flavor! The video states to use smoked paprika but the written recipe shows just paprika. Big flavor difference, please update it.

Kimberly Eiler
April 3, 2020 11:09 am

5 stars
I usually bake my pork chops in the oven; often stuffed. But they are always dried out. My husband and I watched the video and he grilled them to perfection! Served them with fresh asparagus and homemade mashed potatoes with butter, sour cream, and chives. A delicious dinner for sure! I will never bake pork chops again! Thank you!

Joanne Long
October 2, 2019 5:44 pm

5 stars
My pork chops we’re about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 in ch thick. I was pretty nervous about the recipe, but I have to say they were AWESOME! So moist and and tasty. They will definitely be on our rotation! Thank you!

September 22, 2019 7:55 pm

Best pork chop recipe ever!!! Simple ingredients and the seasoning is perfect. The explanation for grilling was easy to follow. My husband, who is an excellent grill master and likes his meat cooked perfectly (hard to do with pork!!!) he LOVED this!! I’ll definitely make these again.

February 17, 2020 9:00 pm

I want to thank you for this wonderful recipe. I’ve made it several times on the grill and it’s always very flavorful. Tonight we had a guest and I wanted to make something tasty but easy. We had some frozen pork chops in the freezer that I thawed, took a mallet to, and then whipped up this marinade. I then put the marinade on the chops. Fast forward later 6 hours, the darn grill died while grilling asparagus. I luckily had already cooked scalloped potatoes in the oven. I threw the pork chops on a cooking sheet and cooked them… Read more »

June 7, 2020 3:01 pm

5 stars
By far the absolute best recipe for grilled pork chops. My wife has said that this is the best thing I have ever made on the grill. I follow her recipe to the letter and also the cook times and it makes for a unbelievable juicy pork chop. We have made a lot of her recipes but this is by far my favorite! Also make sure you get the pork chop cut at 1 1/2 inch thick.

thomas fris
May 5, 2020 11:30 am

5 stars
I like the flavor, but I will cut the salt in half for next time.

thomas fris
May 9, 2020 6:09 pm
Reply to  thomas fris

Update, I mixed all the ingredients, including the oil together vs. oil then rub. it was easier to baste on that way before cooking. Also now adding a tbspn of minced onion too.
We have also used the mixture to baste cauliflower and baked the cauliflower at 425f for 30 minutes. came out pretty tasty!

July 6, 2020 9:26 pm

5 stars
This was such a simple recipe for such wonderfully flavorful, juicy pork chops! Thank you, I will be using this one again for sure!

July 3, 2020 9:11 pm

5 stars
tried cooking pork chops many times, skillet fried, oven baked, and always came out dry and overcooked. My husband suggested we bbq the chops. Seasoned with cajun seasoning and followed recipe as written….came out perfect. Will only cook pork chops this way from now on.

June 16, 2020 8:00 pm

5 stars
First attempt at grilling pork chops… I’m satisfied as is the family… gave me confidence to do it again.. thank you!

May 25, 2020 11:30 am

5 stars
You are the best
Easy to follow

Mary Ann
May 9, 2020 2:51 pm

5 stars
We made this last night and the pork chops (2” thick from a butcher) were so good! We’re already planning when to make them again!

May 9, 2020 2:26 pm

5 stars

September 8, 2019 7:56 pm

5 stars
Delicious porkchops, moist and full of flavor. My husband does not like porkchops but he really enjoyed these porkchops. Will be making again.

December 22, 2020 11:40 am

It’s one of the best grilled pork chop I’ve ever had in my life

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