Well thank you Cooks Illustrated! They have a process that makes a repeatedly delicious and juicy chop.
Here are the “keys” to grilling a great pork chop:
- Buy the right pork chops. Rib Loin or Center-Cut Loin pork chops are the best.
- Brine the chops.
- Grill them correctly: Seer them on high heat quickly and then move them to low heat to cook through.
- Let chops rest after grilling to retain the juices.
Grilled Thick Pork Chops
6 Tbs. Salt
6 Tbs. Sugar
4 Bone-In Rib Loin or Center-Cut Loin Pork Chops
Spice Rub or Glaze (See Below)
1. Dissolve salt and sugar in 2 quarts of cold water in a 1- or 2-gallon zip lock bag. Add the chops and seal the bag carefully. Refrigerate for 1 hour, turning the bag once. Remove chops from brine and pat chops dry with paper towels.
2. If using a dry rub, coat chops with rub (both sides). Or, season with ground pepper, if choosing not to use a rub or glaze. If using glaze, see grilling notes in #4.
3. Turn all burners on gas grill to high, close lid and heat grill until very hot (~15 minutes). Scrape cooking grate clean. Leave one burner on high and turn other burners off.
4. Place chops over hottest part of grill. Cover. Cook chops until browned on each side, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Move chops to cooler side of grill. If using a glaze, brush glaze on top of chops. Cover and continue cooking, turning once, until instant-read thermometer inserted into side of chop (and away from bone) registers 135 degrees. This takes about 7 to 9 minutes. (When you turn the chops, glaze the other side of chops. Before you remove the chops from the grill, glaze again).
5. When chops are at 135 degrees, transfer chops to a platter and tent loosely with foil. Let chops rest 5 minutes. Internal temperature should rise to 145 degrees. Serve immediately.
We use a variety of rubs and glazes on our pork chops (and pork loin). Two of our favorites are the Basic Spice Rub (below) and the Grilled Maple Chipotle Glaze (from the Salmon recipe, posted July 8, 2010).
Basic Spice Rub for Pork Chops
Makes 1/4 cup, enough for 5 – 6 chops
1 Tbs. Ground Cumin
1 Tbs. Chili Powder
1 Tbs. Curry Powder
2 tsp. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Use about 2 tsp. of rub for each pork chops (1 teaspoon per side).