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Grilled Pork Chops (How to Grill Juicy Pork Chops)

Learn how to grill pork chops on a gas grill. You’ll make juicy grilled pork chops in minutes…just a few simple steps needed. This post will cover everything you need to know for pork chops on the grill.

Pile of perfectly grilled pork chops resting on a platePork chops are a versatile meat that can be cooked in many ways. I’ve found grilling is one of the quickest, easiest, and most flavorful ways to enjoy them. Just a simple dry seasoning is needed to bring out the flavors in pork. There are a few simple yet critical things you should know for juicy pork chops. 

Tips for grilled pork chops

  • Bring the pork chops to room temp: As with most meats, you want to bring pork chops to room temperature before grilling. Otherwise, the outside may char before the insides can evenly cook. About 30 minutes is needed to bring to room temperature. This is a perfect time to let the seasonings to soak into the meat.
  • Pre-season: Generously coat both sides of pork with salt and black pepper, or other preferred seasonings. I’ll recommend some of my favorites later in this post.
  • Preheat the grill: Preheat the gas grill to medium-high. The grill should be hot before you add the pork chops to prevent sticking and create a nice sear.
  • Don’t overcook: As with all meats, cook just to the desired doneness.
  • Let rest before serving: Let cooked meats sit at room temp 3 to 5 minutes to hold in more juices.

Grilled Pork Chops

Follow the step-by-step instructions below with photos to learn how to grill pork chops.

Let sit at room temp: Start by seasoning the pork chops and letting them sit at room temp for 30 minutes.

Two seasoned raw pork chops sitting on a plate at room temp

Season the pork chops: A simple seasoning of salt and pepper works just fine, but there are many ways to add extra flavor. Try some of the following spices and herbs: 

  • All-seasoning salt
  • Greek seasoning
  • Italian seasoning
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Lemon pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • For truly unique flavor, try my Cowboy Rub Pork Chops

Four seasoned raw pork chops sitting on a plate at room temp

Preheat: Turn the gas grill on to medium-high heat, or 400-450° F.

Temperature gage on a pre-heated gas grill showing 450 degrees

Grill the first side: Place pork chops on lightly greased grill. Close the lid and grill 4 minutes, or until bottoms are browned with sear marks.

Note: Bone-in chops usually contain a bit of extra fat and will create smoke while grilling. This adds extra flavor, but boneless pork chops are still plenty tasty.

Two pork chop just out on grill with smoke coming off of them

Cook the other side: Rotate chops, close lid, and grill 4 minutes more. 

Two bone in pork chops on grill with sear marks

If you’re grilling boneless pork chops, they should look like this on the grill:

Two boneless in pork chops on grill with sear marks

Check internal temp: The internal temp needs to reach at least 145° F to be safe. I find this temp is the ideal doneness for juicy pork. 

Let rest: Once cooked, let pork chops sit at room temp 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

Checking temperature of grilled pork chops with a digital thermometer (temp is 147 degrees)

Want a condensed version? Read below:

How to grill pork chops

  1. Coat both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper or desired seasonings. Let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat gas grill before grilling to medium-high heat, or 400-450° F.
  3. Add pork chops and close the lid. Grill 4 minutes, or until bottoms are browned with sear marks.
  4. Rotate chops, close lid, and grill 4 minutes more, or until internal temperature reaches at least 145° F.
  5. Remove pork chops from the grill and let rest 3 minutes before serving. 

Answers to common questions

Boneless vs. bone in pork chops – which should I use and does the cooking time change?

These are both center cuts and the cooking time is the same for each. Boneless chops will be less juicy but have more meat per pound. A bone-in rib chop can have more flavor due to the extra fat. There is another benefit of the extra fat: while grilling the fat will smoke up and infuse smoky flavor into the meat.

Pro tip: I like to grease the grill grates with vegetable or olive oil for most meats to prevent sticking. This is not required for bone-in pork chops since the fat cooks off and helps lubricate the grill.

How long to grill pork chops

Pork chops take about 8 minutes to cook on the grill over medium-high heat. Rotate halfway through to grill 4 minutes per side and evenly sear. Since pork chops cook so quickly, indirect heat is not needed.

Pro tip: Thickness affects grilling time. The chops I used were about 1 inch thick. Reduce grill time by about a minute on each side for thinner chops and increase for thicker chops.

 

Should I close the lid when grilling?

It’s best to close the lid when grilling pork loin chops and most meats for even cooking. The outsides will still sear and the built-up heat inside will more evenly cook the centers.

How to know when pork is cooked

The most important factor juicy pork is to not overcook. Grill pork according to the heat and times in this recipe for best results.

Here are a few ways to tell if pork is cooked:

  • Internal temp: The easiest and most accurate way is to check with a quick-read digital meat thermometer. The internal temp should reach 145 degrees to be safe
  • Visual check: Cut into the center of the pork with a knife. It should be slightly pink for medium.

Pork chop internal temps

  • Medium rare: 145 to 150° F
  • Medium: 150 to 155° F
  • Medium-well: 155 to 160° F
  • Well-done: 160°+ F

Juicy grilled pork chops resting with some internal juices on the plate

How to store leftovers

Let the pork chops sit a room temperature about 10 minutes, then refrigerate or freeze based on the times below.

  • Refrigerate in a sealed container up to 3–4 days.
  • Freeze tightly sealed up to 3–4 months. 

More pork recipes you may like:

If you want to learn how to grill other meats, check out my grilled ribeye or grilled chicken breast guides.

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Grilled Pork Chops

Learn how to make juicy pork chops on a gas grill with just a few simple steps.
Course Barbecue
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled pork chops, how to grill pork chops, juicy pork chops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Resting time 33 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Calories 352kcal
Servings 4
Author: Matt Ivan
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Ingredients

  • 4 large pork chops, about 2 pounds (boneless or bone-in)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Coat both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper or desired seasonings. Let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat gas grill before grilling to medium-high heat, or 400-450° F.
  • Lightly grease the grill grates, add pork chops and close the lid. Grill 4 minutes, or until bottoms are browned with sear marks.
  • Rotate chops, close lid, and grill 4 minutes more, or until internal temperature reaches at least 145° F.
  • Remove pork chops from the grill and let rest 3 minutes before serving.

Notes

Alternate seasonings: Besides salt and pepper, try some of these for extra variety:
All-seasoning salt, Greek seasoning, Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, or garlic salt.
Boneless vs. bone-in pork chops: The cooking times are the same for both. Boneless chops will be less juicy but have more meat per pound. A bone-in rib chop can have more flavor due to the extra fat. 
To save time you can skip bringing the meat to room temp. However, this is highly recommended for more even cooking and juicy pork chops.
Grease the grill grates with vegetable or olive oil for most meats to prevent sticking. This is not required for bone-in pork chops since the fat cooks off and helps lubricate the grill.
Since pork chops cook so quickly, indirect heat is not needed.
Thickness affects grilling time. The chops I used were about 1 inch thick. Reduce time by about a minute on each side for thinner chops and increase for thicker chops.
How to know when pork is cooked?
  • Internal temp: The easiest and most accurate way is to check with a quick-read digital meat thermometer. The internal temp should reach 145 degrees to be safe.
  • Visual check: Cut into the center of the pork with a knife. It should be slightly pink for medium.
How to store leftovers:
  • Refrigerate in a sealed container up to 3–4 days.
  • Freeze tightly sealed up to 3–4 months. 
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving (8 ounces)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 152mg51%
Sodium 400mg17%
Potassium 846mg24%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 49g98%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    A great recipe! I forgot to close the grill lid but they turned out great. They had perfect grill marks and were nice and juicy. I will use your recipe again and again.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve always worried that my chops wouldn’t cook enough in the middle and burn on the outside. Thank you for the directions!!

  3. 5 stars
    These pork chops look perfectly grilled. Meat looks juicy and tender. I’m definitely saving this post. Thanks for all the tips. They are much needed.

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