Grilled Bone-In Pork Chops


Juicy grilled pork chops with a tiny bit of sweetness and a faint hint of spiciness make for an excellent dinner main that pairs with practically any side. A simple brine imparts flavor, but mostly keeps the pork chops from drying out; just don't marinate the meat for any longer than 4 hours or it'll soften the texture.

Active Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
4 pork chops

How Long to Grill Pork Chops

How long you grill pork chops depends on a couple of factors: How thick the chops are and whether or not they are bone-in or boneless. In this recipe, we call for 4 bone-in pork chops. Each should be about 1-inch thick. On a preheated high-heat grill, 1-inch bone-in pork chops should take about 4 minutes per side. If your pork chops are thicker, they will take longer to cook. Got boneless pork chops? Even if they are cut to 1-inch thick, they may cook faster since the bone acts as an insulator and slows down the cooking process. The best way to know any pork chop is done is by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the center of the chops, (away from the bone if there is one) and remove them from the heat when they register 140 degrees F. Let them rest for 5 minutes before slicing into them to let the juices redistribute back into the meat. During this time, the temperature will rise to 145 degrees F which is the recommended safe internal temperature for pork chops.

The Secret to Perfectly Grilled Pork Chops

Want tender juicy pork chops? Try a brine. We use a wet brine in this recipe which is a solution of water, honey, vinegar, crushed red pepper and salt. The salt and vinegar tenderize the meat and start to break down some of the proteins on the outside of the chops, allowing water and the other flavors to seep inside. The chops taking on some extra water before they hit the heat means they will be juicier when they are finished, with a balanced flavor that penetrates beyond just the surface of the meat. We let the chops sit in the brine for 1 hour. Much longer than that, and the brine's magic begins to wear off by continuing to break down the structure of the meat which could result in a stringy texture.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer


  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 4 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 4 (6 ounce) bone-in, center-cut pork chops (about 1-inch thick)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Stir together water, honey, vinegar, crushed red pepper and 4 teaspoons of the salt in a small bowl until honey and salt are dissolved. Place pork chops and water mixture in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and refrigerate 1 hour.

  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan to high (450 degrees F to 500 degrees F). Remove chops from bag; discard marinade and pat chops very dry with paper towels. Drizzle chops evenly with oil on both sides; sprinkle with black pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  3. Place chops on oiled grates; grill, covered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of meat registers 140 degrees F, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill; let rest 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
10g Fat
3g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 chop
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 38g 76%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 579mg 25%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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