Grilled Pork Chops with Homemade Sweet Rub

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This grilled pork chops recipe is an absolute stunner and the perfect food for adults and kids alike. The homemade dry rub comes together quickly with ingredients you’ve likely got in your spice cupboard and is an awesomely tasty combination of savory and sweet. Get ready to make the best grilled pork chops of your life!

Grilled pork chops on a wooden cutting board surrounded by fresh rosemary with text overlay - Grilled Pork Chops.

Best Grilled Pork Chops

I love grilling pork chops. They’re a simple, yet satisfying dinner that everyone can enjoy. This recipe coats the pork chop in my Signature Sweet Rub. It’s a brown sugar-based dry rub that adds a sweet and savory flavor to the chop. You can make this from scratch, or to save some time, we sell Sweet Rub from the Hey Grill Hey Store.

These chops also taste amazing with my Best Pork Chops Seasoning. You can even season half with one rub and half with the other to see which one you prefer best.

Sweet Rub being sprinkled on pork chops on a wooden cutting board.

Grilling Pork Chops

You’ll see many various methods for grilling pork chops online. Some claim that high heat, hot and fast is the only way to go. Others recommend cooking over indirect heat the whole time. I like a mixture of both to end up with incredibly juicy pork and a nicely caramelized and crunchy exterior.

When it comes to lean cuts like pork chops, pork tenderloin, etc., I like to use two-zone cooking on my grill. If you’re using a charcoal grill, simply stack more briquettes on one side to create a hot spot and less on the other. If you’re cooking on a gas grill, turn one burner on medium-high and one on low.

For indirect grills like my pellet grill, find out where your hot and cooler spots are on your grill. I use the hot zone for the initial sear on each side of my chops. This caramelizes the sugar in the rub and seals in all of the juices. Then I move the meat over to the less hot side of the grill and let it cook through.

Three seasoned pork chops on the grill.

How to Grill Pork Chops

Now that you know the ins and outs of this recipe, here’s how to cook pork chops on the grill.

  1. Preheat. Turn on your grill and preheat for two-zone cooking with the overall grill temperature at medium-high heat (400 degrees F).
  2. Season. Season the pork chops on all sides with Sweet Rub, and press the dry rub into the meat.
  3. Sear. Move the chops over to the direct heat side of your grill, and sear for 2-3 minutes per side. Keep a close eye on the chops, as you don’t want the brown sugar in the rub to burn.
  4. Finish grilling. Return the chops to the indirect heat side and continue to cook them until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  5. Rest and enjoy. As soon as your pork chops reach the correct internal temperature, remove them from the grill and let them rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving. This will help stop the cooking process and redistribute the juices through the pork chop.

Feeling ready to serve up this delicious food for dinner? I can guarantee your family and guests will be mighty impressed.

Pork chops on the grill with instant-read thermometer reading temperature of 145 degrees F.

How Long to Grill Pork Chops

Boneless or bone-in pork chops that are about 1 inch thick will cook for 8-10 minutes. If you are grilling extremely thick chops, the bone will start to affect the timing of your cook. 1 1/2 inch thick boneless pork chops typically cook through in 14-18 minutes and bone-in chops at that thickness can take up to 20 minutes or more.

Although time is a nice guideline for a recipe, the absolute most important factor when cooking pork chops on the grill is to pay attention to internal temperature.

Pork is perfectly cooked through, juicy, and safe to eat at 145 degrees F. Get yourself a good instant-read thermometer to avoid over or undercooking your grilled pork chops. I recommend ThermoWorks products. They’ve always produced a fast and reliable result.

Tips for Making Grilled Pork Chops

Pork chops are pretty straightforward to cook on the grill, but I have a few tips for you that will help ensure your chops come off the grill perfectly cooked and totally juicy.

  • Utilize two-zone grilling. Use two-zone heat on your grill to achieve juicy, perfectly cooked pork chops with that slightly charred grilled flavor.
  • Make sure that the pepper is freshly cracked. When mixing up your grilled pork chop rub, try using freshly cracked black pepper for a brighter flavor.
  • Don’t poke the meat! Don’t stab your pork chop with a fork or cut into them while they are still cooking. You’ll lose a lot of the juices out of the meat.

Grilled pork chops on a wooden cutting board surrounded by fresh rosemary.

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Here’s hoping this grilled pork chops recipe made for an incredible dinner! It’s hard to pass up great food that is fast and easy to make. Let us know what you thought of this recipe in the comments below!

This recipe was originally published in April 2015 (one of my first ever posts!). It has since been updated with new photos and tips, but the recipe remains the same.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Signature Sweet Rub

By: Susie Bulloch (
4.92 from 45 votes
This grilled pork chops recipe is an absolute stunner and the perfect food for adults and kids alike. The homemade dry rub comes together quickly with ingredients you've likely got in your spice cupboard and is an awesomely tasty combination of savory and sweet.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings4 people



  • 4 pork chops

Signature Sweet Rub

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Make the rub. Combine all ingredients for the rub in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Preheat. Allow the grill to preheat to medium-high heat (around 400 degrees F) for two-zone cooking (one direct heat side and one indirect heat side).
  • Season. Season the pork chops with Sweet Rub on all sides and press the rub into the meat.
  • Sear. Place the chops on the hottest part of the grill and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Finish grilling. Move the chops to the indirect heat side of the grill and continue cooking for an additional 5-6 minutes per side until the internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 145 degrees F.
  • Rest and serve. Remove the chops from the grill and allow them to rest for 5-6 minutes before slicing.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 572mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Amy Foth says:

    I rarely comment on recipes but I have to comment on this one! I wanted to do something special for my husband for Father’s Day so we did Iowa chops. These grilling directions are SPOT ON for delicious, juicy, perfectly done pork chops!! The rub was delicious, easy, and used ingredients I had on hand. Kudos and thanks for a wonderful recipe!!

  2. Colin says:

    WHOA! Hasn’t anyone noticed the spice rub recipe in the video is pretty different than the printed recipe below?? I made the printed recipe rub, then watched the video and was like ‘Wait! what?’I made the printed recipe rub and tasted just the rub and it seemed more savory than I expected so I made the rub in the video. I will try the video rub when we get home from football practice then post a review.

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Yes, it is slightly different. The printed recipe is the final version of my Sweet Rub and the video version is an earlier iteration! It’s the same rub that we bottle and sell in our store. I found adding some garlic powder and onion powder really upped the flavor profile!

  3. Jenny says:

    Excellent recipe! I’ve never had pork chops turn out so well. So succulent, perfectly cooked, great flavor.

  4. Dan R says:

    This is my wife’s favorite meal. So good an tender with just a hint of kick.I’ve used her sweet rub on chicken and pork and everyone loves it.

  5. Don says:

    Filled to a tee but just for fun wanted to to experiment a little so I I mixed 2 treble spoons on molasses and 1tsp of soy and coated chops before adding rub and every one thought they were delicious

  6. Kay says:

    Perfect. Before our grilled pork chops have always been dry, so I decided to try this site’s recipe and directions. I followed the recipe for rub exactly but used it on 6 boneless 1-1/2 inch chops. The grilling instructions were spot on. ( Preheated grill to 400 Degrees. Front burner on grill was at med high, back two just above low. 3 minutes on front, flipped, 3 minutes on front, then set them in back of grill for 6 minutes, flipped, 5 more minutes and took temperature. Let them rest 5 minutes on the platter and they were perfectly done and so juicy!) The cayenne gives it a little bite which we loved, but might omit when making it for grandkids. Thank you for a great recipe and grilling technique.