What to have with BBQ pork chops?
Wondering how long you need to grill pork chops to get the perfect sear while retaining that juicy interior? Depending on the thickness and size of the chop, it can take anywhere from eight to 30 minutes. Here’s a helpful cooking chart and some tips to achieve delicious pork chops every time.
Best Time & Temperature to Grill Pork Chops
Pork chops are a crowd pleaser, especially once you master your grilling technique. For safe consumption, it’s recommended to cook pork until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F or 65°C. Depending on the cut and thickness of your chop, the time it may take to reach this can vary. To make sure your chops are the right temperature, use a digital meat thermometer.
|Pork Chop Cut||Cooking Time|
|Boneless ¾” (2 cm)||8-12 minutes|
|Boneless 1½” (4cm)||12-20 minutes|
|Bone-in ¾” (2 cm)||8-12 minutes|
|Bone-in 1½” (4 cm)||20-30 minutes|
Golden Rules of Grilled Pork Chops
- Thicker is better. Thin pork chops overcook and dry out easily. Thick cuts are ideal for keeping those tender juices inside.
- Brine your heart out. Brining keeps your pork chops juicy and moist.
- Stick with indirect heat. Avoid grilling a pork chop over direct, high heat. Instead, use indirect heat to better control the cook.
But don’t get too bogged down by the rules. Grilling pork chops should be fun. You’re the master of your domain when you’re behind the grill.