To speed up the process of grilling pork chops, it is best if you have the brine or marinade prepared. Unpack the pork according to the packaging instructions (if any).
Adding Flavor to the Pork
These steps are done before the grilling. You can either go with marinade, brining or dry rubs.
How to Marinade Pork Chops
A marinade solution is ideal for thinly sliced pork chops (3/4 in). For a simple yet tasty marinade, combine oil, water and vinegar. You can begin with a tbsp of each. Add more if needed. You can also add other herbs and sauces. When the marinade is ready, put the pork chops in it.
The marinated pork can be kept in a bowl or in a bag. Before you start grilling pork chops, store the bag or bowl in the fridge for at least an hour. The bigger the cuts, the longer it will take to marinate.
Dry Rubbing Pork Chops
Dry rubs take various forms; it can be a simple mix of salt and popper. Or you can add some chili, salt, minced onions and other seasonings. Apply the rubbing evenly so the flavors are distributed throughout.
Brining Pork Chops
Mix a tablespoon of salt and a cup of water. Leave the pork in the solution for 4 hours. Afterwards, rinse the meat and discard any excess salt. Brining is ideal if you’re grilling pork chops more than ¾ inches thick.
Turn on the grill 30 minutes before you start cooking. Remove the marinated pork from the fridge. Let it reach room temperature (about 20 minutes). Put the pork slices on the grill. Close the lid.
The pork should be cooked three minutes each side. Add a few more minutes if the pork is thick. If the pork is very thin, it will be cooked in a minute.
To avoid problems, use a digital meat thermometer. Insert this into the pork prior to grilling. When the readout says the temperature is 145 F, the pork is cooked. Let the pork rest for at least three minutes before serving.
Tips for Grilling Thin Pork Slices
If you’re grilling pork chops that are thinly sliced, try the following for even tastier results. Set the grill to the highest possible setting. Put the pork slices in and shut the lid for a minute.
Open the cover and position the slices at a 45 degree angle. Shut the lid and cook for another minute. Open the lid and flip the pork. Set it to a 45 degree angle and close the lid. Grill for another minute.
Tips for Grilling Thick Pork Chop Slices
Set the grill to the highest level. Put the pork in and close the lid. Cook for a minute. Open the lid and turn the pork over. Close the lid. Cook for another minute. Set the grill to medium heat. Cook for three minutes. Open the lid. Flip the slices over. Cook for another 3 minutes and it’s finished.
If you’re grilling pork chops according to a specific recipe, the cooking temperature may vary. Follow the instructions there as given.