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This recipe for Grilled Spiced Pork Chops is loaded with a sweet spice rub that gives the chops the most luscious flavor! A simple recipe that is quick to prepare, easy to grill and will have the whole family begging for more!
Dry rubs add so much flavor to any protein. This pork chop rub is sweet and spicy that gives this country pork some major flavor flav! Its a simple rub, with some simple spices, and a whole lot of delicious flavor. Easy is the name of this recipe with very little prep work and super simple grilling directions. Don't fret if you have no grill, you can make these bad boys on the stove too!
This post was originally posted on 07/10/2017 and updated on 05/19/2021.
Grilled Spiced Pork Chops Ingredients
- Pork Chops, Bone-In
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Ground Cloves
- Black Pepper
- Brown Sugar
- Pork Chops, Bone-In: If you prefer you can use boneless pork loin chops. You want them to be about 1 inch thick.
- Seasonings: This is my go-to rub for grilling protein. It works great on pork, beef and chicken! However, if there is a spice in there you don't care for or want to swap out go right ahead. Some ideas would be using all spice or Chinese 5 spice in place of the cloves. If you don't like spice, simply omit the cayenne or you could use ground ginger.
How to Make Grilled Pork Chops with a Dry Spice Rub
- In a small bowl combine all the dry rub ingredients: paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cayenne, ground cloves and brown sugar.
- Pat the pork chops dry and place on a sheet pan.
- Then, brush half of the olive oil on top of the chops.
- Next, sprinkle half of the rub over the chops and rub it into the pork with your fingertips.
- Flip the pork chops over and repeat with the remaining olive oil and dry rub.
- Let the pork chops rest while you preheat the grill to med-high heat. Should heat to around 400°F.
- Place pork chops on grill and cook for 4-5 minutes with the lid closed.
- Turn the chops over and cook another 4-5 minutes with the lid closed until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 140°F.
- Remove the pork chops and let them rest for 5 minutes.
How to Make Grilled Spiced Pork Chops on the Stove
- Brush the pork chops with oil and rub with dry rub.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet, I prefer a cast iron skillet, over medium-high heat.
- Cook the chops on medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side until they reach an internal temperature of 140°F.
- Remove the pork chops and let them rest for at least 5 minutes.
- Alternately you could use a grill pan and follow the same instructions except there should be no need for olive oil.
Tips for Juicy Grilled Pork Chops
- Use a good instant read thermometer to test the meat when you feel it is finished.
- Do NOT stab the pork chops with a fork or knife to check for doneness. You will lose all the juices and the chops will turn out dry.
- Let the pork chops rest for at least 5 minutes after reaching 140°F so all the juices can redistribute throughout the pork chops and can finish cooking to 145°F
What to Serve with Grilled Pork Chops
We love to pair grilled potato packets or Roasted Corn on the Cob with these grilled spiced pork chops. Some more of our favorites are Classic Potato Salad, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Air Fryer Green Beans, Crock Pot Baked Beans or even canned baked beans are delicious. There is also nothing better than some Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream in a classic cake cone to sweeten your backyard BBQ bash!
FAQs About Grilled Spiced Pork Chops
There are so many options because pork is a great canvas for so many good spices. Paprika, garlic and onion powder with brown sugar is one of the best spice blends to use for a dry rub. Pork also goes well with different herbs like thyme, rosemary and sage. It also pairs well with cumin, chili powder, or coriander.
Seasoning the pork chops before grilling will ensure the pork is going to be flavorful and not bland.
Have a thermometer for your grill so you can manage the heat and use a good instant read thermometer so you don't overcook the pork.
For 1 inch thick pork chops with or without bone will take about 8-10 minutes on medium-high heat. Thicker cut pork chops can take anywhere from 12-20 minutes depending on thickness and whether they are bone-in or boneless.
More Delicious Pork Recipes:
- Best Ever Egg Bake
- Italian Pasta Salad
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
- Easy Zuppa Toscano Soup
- Ham Pasta Salad
Grilled Spiced Pork Chops
- In a small bowl combine, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, cloves, salt and black pepper.
- Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel.
- Place pork chops on a sheet and lightly brush half of the oil over pork chops. (A little goes a long way)
- Evenly rub half of the dry rub over the pork chops.
- Flip pork chops and brush with remaining oil and rub with remaining dry rub.
- Heat a clean grill to medium-high heat, about 400°F.
- Grill pork chops 4-5 minutes on each side with lid closed or to an internal temp of 140°F degrees.
- Let rest at least 5 minutes.