The Best Pork Chop Seasoning

October 16, 2018

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.

pork chop seasoning

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!

best seasoning for pork chops

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

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

pork chop seasoning

Pork Chop Seasoning

4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 5 mins
Servings : 6



  • 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.
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51 thoughts on “The Best Pork Chop Seasoning

  1. Quite simply the BEST pork rub I have ever tasted!! Don’t change a thing, just make it and enjoy! Also excellent on wings as a dry rub!

  2. Tried this mixed in with 1 sleeve of finely crushed saltines (recipe called for using herb stuffing mix). It tasted great. I am going to triple the recipe, put it in a mason jar so I can have it on hand.

  3. I’ve been looking for a good pork seasoning recipe for a while and even did a search for it in the past. Looking forward to trying your recipe but omitting the sugar. There is just sugar everywhere and it feeds infections and just plain bad for your health. If I may give you a suggestion, ditch the “Kosher” salt because it has artificial ingredients in it and go for sea salt or Himalayan for unadulterated minerals our bodies need.

    1. You can easily season your pork chops with this rub and cook over the stop top or in the oven. I would rub the pork chop with olive oil and then season with the rub prior to cooking.

  4. Used this rub tonight on baked pork chops. It was a hit with the family. Everyone loved it! I used errithrytol instead of the sugar since we are doing keto. I rubbed the entire chop with olive oil and then coated all sides with it. Delicious!

  5. OMG! This was amazing. I was wanting more pork chops because it tasted so good! Will definitely make again.

  6. Tried it tonight. Had to substitute crushed red pepper for the cayenne peeper. Put them on the grill and WOW! My picky eater 15 year old had seconds. Saving this recipe!

  7. Wow. My pork chops came out similar to a five start resteraunt’s. Ill always use this. Everyone at home loved it. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I never really liked pork chop dinners before this using this recipe, but im already looking forward to my next chop with this rub. I accidentally put cinnamon powder instead of cayenne, but instead of throwing it out I used it anyway and everything came out delicious.

  8. Great recipe! I appreciate the paprika, always tasty! If I’m in a pinch though using a whole ingredient all spice like Hometown Number 1 is a great substitute or starter spice mix.

  9. Tried to do this and ended up forgetting about it WAY after the 6-month storage time. I was looking for a really good recipe and was disappointed to see you have to store it for SO long. So I just did salt and pepper.

  10. My ex wife used a green seasoning for pork chops I can’t very well ask her but I always wondered what seasoning she used that had a green color? It really brought the flavor of the chops out. Anyone have an idea what it could have been?

  11. WOW! This is the best seasoning rub I have I have ever made. I used 1/8 tsp of Cayenne pepper because my boys don’t like to much spice. We all thought it was the perfect amount.
    I highly recommend this rub seasoning recipe.

  12. Jerry B. Just want to say the rub is amazing. i have used it several times and going to use it more. we now have the best pork chops anywhere. Thanks so much.

  13. Followed the recipe and suggestions for grilling thick cup pork porterhouse chops and they came out very nice. Everyone loved it and many went for seconds. This is my go to pork chop recipe from now on. Thanks for posting.

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