How to Grill Pork Chops

How to Grill Pork Chops

Pork chops prepared on the grill are a perennial favorite because of their great combination of easy preparation and overall deliciousness. They can be prepared in a lot of different ways with different types of marinades, seasonings and other ways to personalize them to your liking. They grill well on any type of grill, which only adds to their ease of preparation and overall popularity. Let’s talk about how to grill pork chops the right way.

Getting Your Pork Chops Ready

First of all, you should probably select pork chops that are about an inch thick. This just makes grilling them that much easier, so you aren’t burning the outside of the pork chops while the inside is not cooked thoroughly enough.

To prepare your pork chops for the grill, you have a number of options. A lot of people like to brine their pork chops by adding a solution made of one cup of salt per each gallon of water to submerge the meat in. This is usually done for about half a day. You have to be careful though, or they will end up too salty!

You can also marinate your pork chops, or use any type of seasoning that you prefer. A lot of this comes down to personal taste and preference, though. You may want to ask your guests, as you can usually season them individually without much of a hassle.

Putting Them on the Grill

Your grill should be at a high heat for preparing pork chops. That is because pork chops are grilled a lot like steak, with a higher heat. Allow some time for your grill to pre-heat, so you can be more precise about your cooking time and have better all-around results.

When your grill is ready, put the pork chops on and close your grill’s lid. You only need to let them stay that way for about a minute. Then, it’s a good idea to rotate them a quarter-turn, before closing the lid for another sixty seconds or so. The next time, you will flip them, and then repeat the process. Depending on the heat of your grill, you may be close to done by then. You can grill them a bit longer if you have not hit the desired temperature (usually about 160 degrees for pork).

If you have thicker pork chops, you might have to grill them a little longer, in which case you can turn the heat down a bit after doing the rotate/flip process. Also, if you prefer to add sauce to your pork chops, do so just a couple of minutes before they are done, to prevent burning from occurring.

Then, you’re done! As you can see, pork chops are among the easiest foods to prepare on the grill, yet they are just as tasty as many foods that take a lot more preparation and experience to grill properly. This is exactly why pork chops continue to be so popular for grilling enthusiasts. Enjoy!

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