Juicy Grilled BBQ Pork Chops are one of our favorite dinners on the grill! This pork chop recipe starts with a brine to make the pork super juicy, not dry!
Looking for more grilling favorites? We love using Our Favorite Steak Marinade on steak, obviously, but it’s also delicious chicken or pork! Ever grilled a cocktail? Check out this Grilled Dirty Martini for one of our favorite drinks to make while grilling out!
Brined Pork Chops For The Ultimate, Juicy Pork Chop
What do I love about summer? Lots of things…warm weather, staying outside as much as possible, sipping an ice cold beer on the deck after yard work or hanging with some friends…but food.
It’s all about the food since there’s grilling to be done. Lots and lots of grilling.
We love grilling steak, all kinds of steak, chicken is a go to almost every couple of days and I’ve even taking a liking to making salmon on the grill! Pork chops on the grill used to be my least favorite until I learned about brining. Now I’ll take these Juicy Grilled BBQ Pork Chops any night of the week!
What Is A Brine?
A brine is a salt water solution that can be enhanced with flavor like herbs, vinegar and juices like we have here. Brining your meat before cooking will tenderize the meat and make it very juicy and full of flavor.
Meats and poultry like these pork chops or a boneless, skinless chicken breast and even a turkey that don’t have a lot of flavor to begin with are very good example of what to brine.
How Do You Make These Juicy BBQ Pork Chops?
To make the pork chop brine, start by adding apple cider, (or apple juice) apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and salt to a pot. Bring that mixture to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes, then take off the heat and let cool.
Pour the brine into a large bowl and add 2 cups of ice. Once the ice has melted, pour the brine into a resealable bag or a dish that’s large enough to hold all of the brine. Add the pork chops to the brine and refrigerate for 8 hours or up to overnight.
Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry with some paper towels. You want to get a good sear when you put these chops on the grill and that won’t happen if they’re still wet with the brine.
Now that the pork chops are ready, it is time to get the grill ready.
How Do I Know When Pork Is Done?
The thickness of your pork chops will depend on how long you need to cook them. For a pork chop that’s about 1 inch thick, you’ll need to grill them for about 5 minutes on each side.
Use a thermometer and check to make sure the internal temperature is 145 degrees and you’re all set. If your pork chops are thicker like mine, add a few more minutes on each side and keep checking the temperature so you don’t overcook them.
Because there’s nothing worse than overcooked pork chops!
During the last minute or so of grilling you can start to baste the pork chops with some of the BBQ Sauce. Don’t add the BBQ sauce when you first put the pork chop on the grill because it will burn.
Remove the pork chops from the grill to a platter and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. Letting the pork rest also helps lock in the juices from the meat so don’t skip this step!
We like to heat up extra BBQ sauce and serve it on the side of this pork chop recipe. Because the more sauce, the better am I right? Even if you think you aren’t a grill master (which I certainly am not) you should really try this easy pork chop recipe.
These bbq pork chops have definitely become one of our favorite dinner recipes! Bonus is that after brining they only take 10 minutes on the grill and dinner is done.
What Can I Serve With This Pork Chop Recipe?
The sides can totally make the meal, so let’s go through a few of our favorites here but also head to our RECIPES menu and scroll down to SIDE DISHES for many more ideas!
- Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob
- Classic Potato Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs
- Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Beans
- Mustard Roasted Potatoes
- Super Creamy Coleslaw
Looking For More Pork Recipes?
- Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork
- Crock Pot Applesauce Pork Roast
- Hibachi Pork Fried Rice
- Slow Cooker Nutty Asian Pork
This easy pork chop recipe comes out perfectly juicy every time! No dried out pork chops here, and just about 10 minutes on the grill!
- 4 boneless pork chops, at least 1 1/2″ thick
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce (your favorite brand)
For the Brine
- 2 cups apple cider or apple juice
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- In a large saucepan combine apple cider, kosher salt, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar together and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook the brine for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently until salt and brown sugar are completely dissolved.
- Remove the brine mixture from the heat, pour into a bowl and add 2 cups of ice. Allow the mixture to cool completely then pour into a large re-sealable bag.
- Add the pork chops to the brine and seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Refrigerate for 8 hours or up to overnight.
- Preheat the grill to 400 degrees over medium heat.
- Remove pork chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Place the pork chops on the grill and cook approximately 4-5 minutes per side until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
- During the last minute of grilling, baste each side of the pork chops with the BBQ sauce.
- Remove the pork chops from the grill and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
- Serve with extra warmed BBQ sauce.
Nutrition information is without the brine, since most of the brine will be discarded.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: American
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