The festive season is approaching and you may be thinking of grilling pork chops for your family. Wondering how long do you grill pork chops? Today we give you this guide to how you can make the tastiest pork chops and impress!
You don’t want to make pork chops that are tough and of less flavor. Two things are certain for sure, you will have people loving you for the amazing chops and coming more often for them; or make them look forward to the end of the chops. We don’t want you to experience the latter. We want you to make the best of pork chops, while also keeping them around for more.
Preparing the juiciest pork chops isn’t all about the cooking, however. It depends on other factors such as what kind of pork chops you’ll select at the meat store and how well you use your grill. Regulation of heat is important to avoid burning the chops.
The Best Pork Chops Are Made of These
At the meat store
Your butcher at the local store will go a long way in selecting the best cut for you. This is because they will select the right thickness for you, and then check with you to ensure you’re taking greatness home with you. If you’re satisfied, they will wrap it up for you after adding some bonus chop. Don’t we love them!
Some of us like to buy our chops at the supermarkets, however. You may get thin chops from such stores, so you might have to sweet talk the cutter into getting a fatter piece for you. The pork chops need to be cut uniformly to ease our cooking as well.
Freshness is the first thing to look for in a pork chop, let’s not forget that. The right pork chops mustn’t have a bad odor. Sticky pork chop surface may suggest spoiled meat. When meat stays for long, it develops blemishes and we must be careful to check on that. An evenly grained flesh is a good sign.
To prevent against overcooking of the pork chops, smear the spicy paprika paste on them. Brining the chops as well will increase the juiciness of the chops.
How Thick, How Thin a Pork Chop Is Good?
The thickness of the chops will determine what burner we will use in our preparation. Thick pork chops go well with direct heat as there is more flesh to cover. You will have to be extra vigilant and careful about thin chops as they can easily burn. How long you grill pork chops is of essence. You can start with the direct heat then follow with indirect heat for averagely thick chops.
Dampening flare-ups and regulating heat better is achieved by covering the grill. Ultimately, we all want evenly cooked chops. The interior needs to cook slowly as the exterior turns evenly brown. With this in mind, we are ready to get to the preparation.
The tenderness, flavor, and juiciness of a pork chop is determined by the type of meat you select. These will be a lead to awesomely grilled porkchops.
Pork Chop Recipe
- Serves: 4-5.
- Prep time: From an hour to overnight.
- Cooking time: 30 minutes – 1 hour.
- Thawed or fresh 5 thick boneless/bone-in pork chops.
- Pineapple juice.
- Half a cup of brown sugar.
- Minced garlic cloves.
- 3 teaspoons of vegetable oil.
- Ground cumin.
- Ground black pepper(fresh) and salt to taste.
- A pair of tongs and other flipping implement.
- Aluminium foil.
Here’s a quick video guide you can watch on how to prepare tasty pork chops.
Let’s get down to some grilling.
First, we prepare the marinade. Here we whisk some honey, vinegar, oil, cumin together in a bowl. However, a simple pineapple juice, brown sugar, salt and maybe molasses mixture will do the sweetening as well. You can add more flavor to the chops by coating them with dry rub or a paste of your favorite spices. We love rosemary or sage but you may just choose what you like. The paste should be just thick enough to evenly get spread on the chops.
Depending on how much you’d love the chops to soak in the marinade, you may dip them from up-to two hours before.
People even soak the chops in the marinade overnight. If in a rush, an hour will still work. But for the best results, we always have to be prepared and ready. Seal the bowl or plastic bag and let it sit in the refrigerator. This takes the most time in how long you grill pork chops and determines how juicy your chops will be.
Gas/Electric Grill or Griddle
Hit the grill or grill pan over medium heat. Take the chops from the fridge and sprinkle them with salt, and more pepper, if you wish. For about 5 minutes, place the chops on the grill till they release. Then flip the other side of the chop and cook for about 3.
A grill pan is advantageous as you can easily flip the chops in bits to give each enough time to cook. Steaming the chops is discouraged.
It is advisable to clean and spread over non-stick cooking spray to the grill grates. On the first instances of flipping remember to baste.
A Charcoal Grill
Step 1: As we always say, smoke is a flavor in itself. Charcoal grilling gives us exactly that, the extra flavor. A two-zone charcoal fire is preferable as you have two sources of heat, one with more charcoal for high temperatures and searing. The other thin layers of charcoal will be used for less heat and slower cooking.
Step 2: Fire up the grill, put the lid on and let it heat up for like 5 minutes.
Step 3: You will know your grill is ready if the hotter layer is on medium-hot while the thin layer is on medium-low. Careful to raise your hand a number of inches, say 5-7 directly above the grill.
Step 4: Remove the lid then place the pork chops over the heat that is medium-high. Let the pork chops sear until they are crusty brown. In the case of flare-ups, you need to move the chops away from the flame shortly till it dies down. It happens, no need to freak out.
Step 5: Once the pork chops are properly browned, they are moved to the cooler part of the grill grate. If you have bone on the chops, they should do a good job being the shield from too much heat. If you are advanced and own a digital (instant) meat thermometer, you can insert it into the thickest part of the chop and replace the lid. The readings should be between 135-145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 6: At this point, it is safe to remove the pork chops. You may apply glaze both sides of the pork chops prior to removal so that it doesn’t burn onto the pork chops.
Step 7: Take the pork chops and place them on a chopping board. Use an aluminum foil to cover them. Allow it to rest for like 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to penetrate into the meat.
Step 8: Serve. Enjoy!
It’s Closing time
This is the best guide to how long do you grill pork chops. We know that they need to cook fast but we allow more time to avoid dried out chops. Great timing is of importance. Do not hesitate to slightly adjust the temperatures of the heat to suit your pork chops.
According to Derrick Riches, a barbecue and grilling expert, the secret to a great pork chop is a hot fire and the right flame.
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