Homemade Pork Chop Seasoning is one of those pantry staples to always have on hand. It is the perfect blend of sweet and savory with simple spices so it is a breeze to whip up on a busy weeknight.
Best Seasoning for Pork Chops
I believe the best seasoning for pork chops is one that you can make quickly without spending a ton of money on strange and unique ingredients you’ll never use for anything else. This pork chop seasoning is a simple blend of basic ingredients, but the secret is in the ratios. This blend is the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and smoky with just a little kick of spice at the end.
My pork chop seasoning recipe calls for smoked paprika to bring an extra element of flavor to your pork chops. It is very simple to find in stores and I recommend picking up a bottle to try in any recipe that calls for paprika for a hint of wood fired flavor. If you don’t have it on hand, regular paprika is totally fine. Be aware that there are several additional varieties of paprika that vary from sweet to hot, so just read the label so you don’t end up with super spicy paprika!
How To Season Pork Chops
You’ve got your seasoning ready to go, now you just need to know how to season pork chops. Start with fully defrosted pork chops and sprinkle the seasoning liberally on all sides. I like to use my hands and sprinkle the seasoning on the pork chops from 8-10 inches above. This allows the seasonings to distribute evenly. I don’t think you need to rub the seasoning too much, it can clump the brown sugar, but I do like to press the seasoning into the meat with the palm of my hand. I recommend seasoning just a few minutes before grilling.
Grilled Pork Chop Seasoning
This recipe was developed as a grilled pork chop seasoning, however I found that it works beautifully on baked pork chops, pan seared pork chops, and more! The secret, no matter how you are cooking your pork chops, is to start at a lower temperature (for grilling, use indirect heat so the pork chops aren’t right above the fire). This allows the seasoning to cook and coat the outside of the pork chops.
Just before your pork chops are done, crank up the heat by moving the pork chops right over the flames, popping them under the broiler, or turning up the heat on your pan. This allows them to sear and develop a beautiful exterior crust. There is some sugar in the pork chop seasoning, so watch closely during this step to make sure the seasoning caramelizes, but doesn’t burn. It should only take a minute or two! If you want to grill them, I have a full recipe and video teaching you how I do it HERE.
Pork Chop Seasoning Recipe
- 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk or fork to break up any clumps of brown sugar. Store in air tight container for up to 6 months. Sprinkle liberally onto pork chops before grilling, baking, or searing.