Simple Grilled Pork Chops with Homemade BBQ Rub

February 23, 2018

This recipe for Simple Grilled Pork Chops is an absolute stunner and perfect for parents and kids alike. The homemade rub is quick to throw together 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

How to Grill Pork Chops

You’ll see many various methods for grilling pork chops. Some claim that hot and fast is the only way to go, where others recommend cooking indirect 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/chicken, etc. I like to have different “zones” of heat 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 propane 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.

How to Grill Pork Chops

How Long to Grill Pork Chops

Boneless or bone in pork chops, about 1 inch thick, will cook in 8-10 minutes. If you are grilling thicker pork 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 in grilling your pork chops to perfect doneness is 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 under cooking your grilled pork chops. I recommend this $32 digital Thermopop from Thermoworks or the $99 Thermapen MK4 if you’re really serious.

Tips for Easy Grilled Pork Chops

  • Use two-zone heat on your grill to achieve juicy meat with that slightly charred grilled flavor.
  • Invest in a meat thermometer to monitor your internal temperatures.
  • When mixing up your grilled pork chop rub, try using freshly cracked black pepper for a brighter flavor.
  • Don’t stab your pork chops with a fork or cut into them while they are still cooking. You’ll let a lot of the juices out of the meat.
  • 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.

Grilled Pork Chops Video

Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

grilled pork chops

Simple Grilled Pork Chops with "Secret" Sweet Rub

These sweet and savory grilled pork chops make for a quick and simple weeknight meal.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 14 mins
Total Time : 24 mins
Servings : 4 people


  • 4 pork loin chops

Secret Sweet BBQ Rub

  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Combine all ingredients for the rub in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Prepare your grill for cooking. Allow the grill to preheat on medium high (around 400 degrees F) for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle your pork loin chops with the rub and massage into the meat.
  • Place the chops on the hottest part of the grill and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Move the chops off of the direct heat and continue cooking for an additional 5-6 minutes per side until the internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 145 degrees F.
  • Remove the chops from the grill and allow them to rest for 5-6 minutes before slicing.
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**Note: 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 exact same.

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65 thoughts on “Simple Grilled Pork Chops with Homemade BBQ Rub

  1. Oh my gosh. I tried this recipe on my husbands new pellet grill tonight and it was amazing. We will definitely be making this often. It was so easy too!

  2. Now that it’s nearing summer here in Texas I am all by myself learning to grill. I have 3 hungry men I cook for and am not going to heat our home this summer. Yours is the first recipe I tried. And am getting rave reviews! Thank you, they turned out great!
    Do you have other recpipes online? I’m a southern lady raised in SC and we love spices. We also love to talk, as you can see! ???? Again, thank you!

    1. Thanks Sunny!! So happy you liked the pork chop recipe! I’ve got a huge selection of recipes on my site here. Just click the logo on the main page or there is a “recipes” section in the top menu for you to browse around. Hope you find more recipes that you like!

  3. We had pretty thin bonesless shops, probably an inch or 3/4. Seared on each side for about 3 minutes and it had reached the recommended internal temp, so we took them off and let rest 5-6 minutes. Flavor is sooo good! They were a little too salty, so next time we’ll cut down the salt by about half. Coming from someone who likes pork chops, but doesn’t necessarily love them, I foresee myself cooking them like this every, single time. This is one of the best pork chop seasonings I’ve ever tried.

  4. These were the best pork chops we’ve ever had, and that is saying a lot at our age. Thanks! I thought I didn’t like pork chops!

  5. Made this recipe tonight – but pouring down rain meant that we ended up not being able to grill so I used a cast iron skillet to cook. They were fantastic! My husband kept raving about how good they were, and my son kept saying that they had really good flavor. Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. Just tried this out. My wife normally douses her meat in sauce — not today. It is a delicious balance of sweet and heat. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Tried this last night and wife and I truly enjoyed them. Will be using this recipe more often.

  8. My whole family loved these chops. I made really thick ones. The contrast of the rub and the juicy meat was perfect. The neighbor even came to the fence and asked what I was cooking. I gave her one to try and she wants your recipe.

  9. Tried this recipe last night on my Pit Boss 820 pellet grill and the chops were delicious and easy. Didn’t have any brown sugar but substituted cinnamon sugar and they looked exactly like the pictures above.

  10. Terrific recipe! Made this fir my family of seven (kids ranging in age from 18 down to 9) and everyone loved it. I put on the rub right before grilling them; no marinating at all, and they were delicious!

  11. Used this last night on thick bone-in pork chops. It was just the perfect seasoning – just a little kick. Everyone loved it. Will definitely use again.

    1. I want to try the recipe, but I am afraid the Cayenne pepper might turn off some in my family due to their no spice attitudes. Do you have a suggestion for substituting something else?

      1. You shouldn’t have an issue just leaving it out, but the amount in this rub is pretty mild. I doubt you’d have any issues.

  12. This will be my third time making these, they are simply delicious! The best pork chops I have ever made. Talk about finger licking good!

  13. I’ve made this recipe a few times. The first time I did not have cayenne pepper, so I added chili powder in its place (same measurement). It was delicious! I’ve now had it with the cayenne pepper and honestly, I prefer it with Chili Powder! Both are delicious though. Cayenne pepper packs a little more heat, but not too much. I recommend trying both!

  14. This was awesome! I had to fight with my grill to reduce the temperature a little, but they are flavorful, juicy, and I don’t think there are any left! Thank you!

  15. I can’t wait to try this. I’m planning on grilling tomorrow night. One suggestion: update the recipe to indicate “smoked” paprika. I went to the grocery today to purchase all ingredients I need then I watched the video. The video refers to “smoked” paprika but the written recipe says only “paprika”. Back to the grocery in the morning… 🙂 Thanks!

  16. My husband, in the past, has had trouble getting pork chops done right on the grill. Not this recipe, we followed it exactly and they were delicious. We will be making these again.

  17. Thanks for this delicious recipe. Cheap meat all dressed up!! Loved the instructions about how to grill this and the temps, makes all the difference for inexperienced cooks!

  18. I made these grilled boneless pork chops last night. Fantastic! Juicy and full of flavor. My husband said they were the best pork chops I ever grilled! I did not have cayenne pepper, so I replaced it with chili powder. Delicious! Thanks! This chop dish will be my new “go to” for pork.

  19. I found that sous vide works beautifully for chops if I plan ahead b/c it takes 90 minutes at 140 degrees.Then season with rub and just sear it off to 145 internal,juicy chops every time.Gonna try this rub asap.

  20. Hey there. This our new go-to rub, as it is soooo good and we’ve tried many. I normally don’t send comments but I have to tell ya; this got my somewhat picky Mother In-Law to tell me this is the BEST seasoning I’ve ever used on chops and I’ve been cooking out for her for many years. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I agree with your reviewers. The rub and instructions for grilling the pork chops are outstanding! I have never had success with grilling pork chops, as they were always dry and lacked flavor. My husband said “the pork chops I prepared tonight were the best prepared meat he had had.” Thank you for sharing your knowledge. It has brought a lot of pleasure to our dinner table!

  22. Made this on the grill tonight and it was fantastic. I will cut back on the salt a bit next time, but that’s it. A lot of the tastiest chop recipes I have made involve marinating. This was quick, easy, and tasty and made a moist chop. Paired it with fresh sweet corn and wild rice.

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