Ultra Juicy Grilled BBQ Pork Chops


These bbq pork chops are ready in just 30-minutes, plus they are super tender, tasty, and juicy when slathered in the easiest homemade BBQ sauce. Finger-licking-good and amazingly juicy, prepare for these pork chops to become your go-to for all the cookouts. 

Ready for more super delicious pork recipes? Try my popular posts for Healthy Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Quick Pork Marinade, and Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

up close bbq pork chops on plate

If I use my own cooking as a gauge, I’m guessing pork isn’t one of your go-to meats either. Chicken, salmon, steak we eat all the time; pork though, is more intermittent for me. Why though? When cooked correctly, pork can be just as juicy, tender, and tasty as any other meat. 

For this BBQ pork chops recipe, initially I had planned on making chicken. Then, I thought, why am I reaching for the chicken when I have these amazing-looking, thick-cut pork chops that have been slowly inching their way to the top of my freezer, just waiting to be picked? Well, today they got their wish, and the rest, as they say, was (delicious) history.

overhead view of plate with grilled pork chop and salad

Why This Recipe Works 

Comes together quickly: This boneless pork chops recipe only requires 10 minutes of prep and about 20 minutes on the grill. 

Easy BBQ sauce: My simple barbeque sauce is cooked on a stovetop with easy -to-find pantry ingredients (like ketchup!). 

Tender pork: Buying thick-cut pork chops ensures a tender, juicy, chop on the grill. 

Great BBQ flavor: Adding BBQ sauce to both sides of the pork chops while grilling sears in its delicious flavor all around. 

overhead view of bbq sauce in a bowl with two spoons

How to Make It

Making the sauce

  1. Combine all of the barbecue sauce ingredients on the stove in a medium pan over medium heat. 
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring while simmering. 
  3. Reduce and set aside. 

Grilling the pork chops

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat and oil the grates. 
  2. Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper
  3. Put the pork chops on the grill, cooking for 2-3 minutes on the first side, then turn them over and brush some BBQ sauce on the tops and sides. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Flip the pork chops again, brushing the BBQ sauce all over the tops and sides again. Cook for another 5-7 minutes. 
  5. Once the pork chops are done (internal temperature should reach 140 and no more pink should be visible in the pork chops’ center), take the pork chops off the grill. 
  6. Allow the meat to rest on a plate or cutting board, covered, for 5 minutes before serving. 
  7. Serve the juicy grilled pork chops with the remaining BBQ sauce if desired. 

up close brush basting bbq sauce onto grilled pork chops

How Long Do Pork Chops Take to Grill?

These ultra-juicy pork chops take about 20 minutes or so to grill. Thin-sliced pork chops will take less time, about 10 minutes. We want to give adequate time for the BBQ sauce to permeate and sear into the meat as well as enough time for the middle of the thick chops to lose its pink color. 

How Do You Grill Pork Chops Without Drying Them Out? 

The key to cooking pork chops without drying them out is to cook them more slowly over medium heat, turning infrequently, basting with sauce, and letting them rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing into them. 

overhead view of two plates with pork chops and salad

How Hot Should My Grill Be For Pork Chops? 

To be honest, my grill doesn’t have a temperature gauge, so I have never been 100% sure of the temperature of the grill. But I do know that if I cook them over medium-high heat, turn a couple times, and use a meat thermometer to check for doneness (it should reach 140 degrees at the thickest part of the thickest piece), then my grill must be hot enough right? 

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Expert Tips

  • Be sure to make the BBQ sauce ahead of time, preferably right before you grill the pork chops, or at least the day of. You don’t want to be trying to make the sauce while the pork chops cook, or you’ll miss your window for basting and end up with a tough, flavorless piece of meat. 
  • Allow meat to rest on a plate or cutting board — covered — for at least 5 minutes before serving. This is KEY to keeping the pork chops nice and juicy.
  • For the best cut of pork, I buy boneless loin chops. They are easy to find at most grocery stores or butchers. (You can always ask at the meat counter if you don’t see what you are looking for.) If you ask a butcher, you can also get them cut to your preferred thickness. 
  • I swear by McCormick’s mesquite seasoning when I make barbecue sauce. Once you try it, you’ll find that you’ll want to use it on everything. It’s not 100% necessary, you can omit it if you don’t have it, and your sauce will still be delicious. Just promise me you’ll try it next time though okay? 

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

  • In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine all ingredients for the bbq sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring throughout. Reduce from heat and set aside.

  • Preheat grill to medium and oil the grates.

  • Season pork chops generously with salt and pepper on both sides.

  • Place pork chops on the grill, cook for 2-3 minutes, then turn over and brush bbq sauce all over the tops and sides of the pork chops. Cook another 5-7 minutes, then turn and brush bbq sauce all over the tops and sides again.

  • Cook 5-7 minutes longer until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F or there is no longer any pink in the center. Allow to rest on a plate or cutting board – covered – for at least 5 minutes before serving – this is KEY to keeping the pork chops nice and juicy.

  • Serve with remaining bbq sauce. Enjoy!

  • Be sure to make the BBQ sauce ahead of time, preferably right before you grill the pork chops, or at least the day of. You don’t want to be trying to make the sauce while the pork chops cook, or you’ll miss your window for basting and end up with a tough, flavorless piece of meat. 
  • Allow meat to rest on a plate or cutting board — covered — for at least 5 minutes before serving. This is KEY to keeping the pork chops nice and juicy.
  • For the best cut of pork, I buy boneless loin chops. They are easy to find at most grocery stores or butchers. (You can always ask at the meat counter if you don’t see what you are looking for.) If you ask a butcher, you can also get them cut to your preferred thickness. 
  • I swear by McCormick’s mesquite seasoning when I make barbecue sauce. Once you try it, you’ll find that you’ll want to use it on everything. It’s not 100% necessary, you can omit it if you don’t have it, and your sauce will still be delicious.

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 746mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

 



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