Grilled Pork Chops for Great Flavor
Pork chops can be cooked in many ways. You can broil, roast or slow-cook them. You can pan-fry then or braise them. Something else which is highly recommended for this kind of meat is grilling. In fact, most meats do very nicely on the grill, so this is always a great cooking method to choose if you want your meat to cook perfectly yet remain juicy and rich-flavored. Pork chops are an affordable cut of meat and they make a lovely family meal, served with your favorite sides, and perhaps a nice appetizer and dessert too, to round out the meal.
Pork chops can be marinated in a sweet, spicy or aromatic marinade, and then you can cook them on the grill for really juicy results. Marinating is not compulsory and you might prefer just to cook the chops as they are, and then add a sauce, or you could use a rub on the meat before cooking. There are so many ways to make wonderful chops on the grill. This all-American favorite makes a cozy meal anytime you are in the mood for something comforting and tasty, and whether you serve them with salad and coleslaw, or with mashed potatoes and green beans, pork chops are sure to put a smile on every face at the dinner table.
Different Types Pork Chops to Grill
If your experience of pork chops has been dry, tough pieces of meat, then it is time to discover some grilled pork chop tips and find out how to guarantee your chops come out tender and juicy every time. First, consider the cut of pork you are buying, because pork chops can be bone-in or boneless, and they can be rib or loin chops. Also consider the thickness, because thin ones less than ¾ inch thick dry out faster than thicker ones so you need to cook them fast. The opposite is true for the thicker ones, which need to be cooked slower so the middle has time to cook without the outside being overcooked.
If you are using thinner chops, consider a nice marinade to add a protective layer of moisture to the meat and add flavor at the same time. You can marinate the meat in as little as half an hour. Something like Italian dressing makes a good marinade because it contains vinegar, water, oil and herbs too, or else you can look for some other marinade recipes and use one of those. Another option for adding flavor is a dry rub and this is something you can rub over the surface of the meat before grilling. If you are using a dry rub keep the heat medium because if it is too high the chop will toughen and dry out.
Grilling Thin Pork Chops
Grill thin chops hot and fast, over an intense heat, flipping them only once. Put the chops on a very hot grill and close the lid for a minute, then open it and rotate the chops 45 degrees. Do not flip them at this time. Cook them for another minute with the lid down, then flip them over and close the lid. After a minute rotate them 45 degrees and give them another minute. They should only take about 4 minutes total.
Grilling Thick Pork Chops
Thicker chops need a lower heat so you do not dry them out. Sear them for a minute over a very hot grill then flip them and sear the other side. Once you have seared the outside to lock the moisture in, move the chops to a cooler part of the grill or else keep cooking them with the grill lid open. About 3 minutes with the lid down and then 4 more minutes in a cooler spot or with the lid up is about the right timing for thicker chops. Keep cooking them until they are 145 degrees F in the middle.
Put the cooked chops on a plate and cover with aluminum foil for about 10 minutes. This resting period lets the juices flow through the chops and the meat loosen up, and you will end up with juicier, more tender chops if you allow them to rest before serving.
What is Your Favorite Way of Cooking Pork Chops?
- 2 pork chops, about 1 inch thick
- 2 halved garlic cloves
- Salt and black pepper
- Preheat the grill to medium-hot and lightly grease it.
- Rub the cut side of the garlic cloves over both sides of the pork chops.
- Sprinkle the chops lightly with salt and pepper then place them the grill.
- Cook, turning once, until meat is well browned on outside and no longer pink near the bone (you can cut it open to test).
- The pork will take about 6 minutes per side to cook depending on the thickness and the heat of the grill
Photo Credit: Tonight’s Dinner: Pork Chops by ctaloi, on Flickr
Grilled pork is so juicy and delicious and those grill marks make it even more tempting. Grilling pork is very simple and anyone can make this all-American classic. Whether you are using a charcoal grill like in the picture or a gas grill, your pork should come out tender and juicy. One of the main mistakes made when cooking pork is drying it out. As long as it is 145 degrees F in the center when you take it off the grill, it is safe to eat. You do not have to cook it hotter like you would with poultry. Six minutes per side is a good guideline for 1 inch thick pork chops but change the timescale accordingly for thinner or thicker ones.
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