We had grilled pork chops tonight and everyone cleaned their plates! I thought I’d share a few tips on grilling pork chops.
1) First and foremost, buy a whole boneless pork loin. Watch the sale papers as whole pork loin often goes on sale. Buy a couple and freeze one for later, they thaw beautifully. I usually figure 6-8 ounces per serving. Remove the loin from the store packaging and wrap with cling wrap. Wrap with heavy duty foil, label and date. When you want to thaw it out, you can do so in the refrigerator for a couple of days or I put the wrapped loin in a zip bag and let it sit in a large bowl of water. Place the bowl in the refrigerator to keep it safe. It will take several hours but will be much quicker than thawing in the refrigerator. Give it a turn after a couple of hours.
2) With a very sharp knife, cut the loin into equally sized chops to your desired thickness. I like 1 1/2″ chops.
3) Season however you wish. Tonight I used Penzey’s Chicago Steak Seasoning but you could season very simply with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper and a little granulated garlic.
4) Allow the seasoned chops to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
5) Preheat the grill. Lower the heat to medium-low. Place the room temperature chops on the grill and close the lid. Resist moving them around, allow them to sit. For a 1 1/2″ thick chop, cook on medium low for 5 minutes then give a quarter turn for nice grill marks. Close lid and cook another 5 minutes. You should be able to see that the meat is cooking up from the bottom and it’s becoming opaque. Flip the chops and cook another 5-8 minutes. An instant read thermometer should read 140′. Allow the meat to sit covered with foil for 10 minutes before serving. Spoon those lovely juices that accumulate on the plate over the chops when serving. Cooking lean pork over high heat will dry them out quickly. Also, know that it’s ok for the center of the pork to be slightly pink. Some restaurants even serve it medium, not my personal preference.
There you have it. Moist, juicy, tender, inexpensive and most of all, delicious and perfectly grilled pork chops. Serve with grilled onions and mushrooms, a simple baked potato and steamed green beans. Simple perfect dinner.
Have a great day!