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Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Marinade is a mouthwatering dish that combines the rich flavors of balsamic vinegar, garlic, and fresh herbs.

Grilled Pork Chops on a white plate with potatoes

Grilled Pork Chops don’t need a lot added to them. A little bit of seasoning goes a long way, in my opinion. This recipe is straightforward and delicious!

It’s perfect for a summer cookout or a simple weeknight dinner. The acidic marinade and simple seasoning give a flavor that is just plain satisfying.

The marinade infuses the pork chops with a delicious taste, and grilling them gives a nice crust while keeping the inside juicy and tender.

I recently made this recipe for my family, and it was a huge hit! Jeremy couldn’t stop raving about the flavorful pork chops. Even Lily gobbled them up.

I love a meal that brings everyone together, and this one checks that box. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better pork chops recipe.

You can choose thick or thin pork chops. However, thicker chops may require more marinating and cooking time.

Let’s explore these grilled pork chops more. I guarantee you’ll love them!

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Flavorful Marinade: The combination of balsamic vinegar, garlic, and herbs creates a rich and delicious marinade that infuses the pork chops with amazing flavor.
  2. Juicy and Tender: Grilling the pork chops at medium-high heat ensures they develop a nice crust while staying juicy and tender on the inside.
  3. Simple and Quick: This recipe uses pantry ingredients and takes just minutes to prepare, making it an easy dinner option for busy nights.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Fresh chopped thyme
  • Fresh chopped rosemary
  • Black pepper
  • Boneless pork loin chops
ingredients needed to make Grilled Pork Chops

HOW TO MAKE GRILLED PORK CHOPS:

  1. Place the vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic, dijon, salt, thyme, rosemary, and pepper into a zip-top bag.
  2. Close the bag and massage the ingredients together so they are distributed and dissolved.
  3. Add the pork chops, seal the bag again, and massage the marinade into the pork, making sure every piece is covered. 
  4. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours to marinate.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and oil the grill grates. 
  6. Take the pork chops out of the bag and discard the marinade.
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  1. Place the pork chops on the grill and cook until they reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F, 3-4 minutes per side. If desired, rotate the chops 45° while on the grill for the cross-hatch look. Serve immediately.
Grilled Pork Chops on the grill

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

You can use any cut of pork chops you prefer, such as bone-in pork chops, boneless pork loin chops, or thick-cut pork chops.

The recipe works well with all these cuts.

Bone-in pork chops tend to be juicier and more flavorful, while boneless chops are easier to handle and cook more evenly.

I tend to lean more towards thick pork chops, but again, use whatever you have on hand. Just keep in mind that cooking times will vary.

The best way to ensure your pork chops are cooked perfectly is to use an instant-read thermometer.

Grill the pork chops until they reach an internal temperature of at least 145°F.

This ensures they are not dry, these are seriously the best pork chops.

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Yes, indeed!

With an easy recipe like this one, you’ve got plenty of room to add what you like!

  • Red pepper flakes: Add a little heat to the marinade.
  • Lime juice: Substitute for lemon juice for a slightly different citrus flavor.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Add a depth of flavor to the marinade.
  • Soy sauce: Enhance the umami taste.
  • Brown sugar: For a touch of sweetness.
  • Smoked paprika: For a smoky flavor.
  • Fresh herbs: Sprinkle with additional fresh thyme or rosemary before serving.
  • Garlic powder: If you love garlic, add a bit more to the marinade.
  • Lemon zest: For a fresh, zesty flavor.
  • Sliced onions: Grill alongside the pork chops for extra flavor.

​You could even try this out on a pork tenderloin or other cut.

That pork chop marinade is super versatile.

  • Apple cider vinegar: Use in place of balsamic vinegar for a different tang.
  • Vegetable oil: Substitute for olive oil if needed.
  • Maple syrup: Use instead of honey for a different sweet flavor.
  • Dry thyme and rosemary: Use a third of the amount of fresh herbs if you don’t have fresh.
  • Chicken breasts: Substitute pork chops with boneless chicken breasts.
  • White wine vinegar: Another alternative to balsamic vinegar.
a fork holding up a bite of Grilled Pork Chops in air

Refrigerator: Store leftover grilled pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Reheat in the oven wrapped in aluminum foil, with a splash of water to keep them moist.

Freezer: Freeze the cooked pork chops in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Marinate Ahead: Marinate the pork chops for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours for the best flavor.
  • Use Fresh Herbs: Fresh thyme and rosemary give the marinade a vibrant taste, but dried herbs work in a pinch.
  • Grill Marks: For beautiful grill marks, rotate the pork chops 45° halfway through cooking on each side.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature to avoid dry pork chops.
  • Resting Time: Let the pork chops rest for a few minutes before serving to retain their juices.
  • Serve with Sides: Pair these pork chops with grilled vegetables, a fresh salad, or mashed potatoes for a complete meal.
Grilled Pork Chops sliced in half to show interior on white plate

Lastly, if you’re looking for a recipe that’s easy to prepare and full of flavor, these Grilled Pork Chops are perfect for you.

Whether you’re cooking for family or friends, this dish is sure to impress.

The marinade does wonders in making the pork chops juicy and delicious, and the grilling adds a nice char that’s simply irresistible. 

If you’ve tried these GRILLED PORK CHOPS, let me know how they turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Marinade

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Marinade Time 2 hours
Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Marinade is a mouthwatering dish that combines the rich flavors of balsamic vinegar, garlic, and fresh herbs.
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Place the vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic, dijon, salt, thyme, rosemary, and pepper into a zip-top bag.
    1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme, 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Close the bag and massage the ingredients together so they are distributed and dissolved.
  • Add the pork chops, seal the bag again, and massage the marinade into the pork, making sure every piece is covered.
    2 pounds boneless pork loin chops
  • Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours to marinate.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and oil the grill grates.
  • Take the pork chops out of the bag and discard the marinade.
  • Place the pork chops on the grill and cook until they reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F, 3-4 minutes per side. If desired, rotate the chops 45° while on the grill for the cross-hatch look. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Marinate Ahead: Marinate the pork chops for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours for the best flavor.
  • Use Fresh Herbs: Fresh thyme and rosemary give the marinade a vibrant taste, but dried herbs work in a pinch.
  • Grill Marks: For beautiful grill marks, rotate the pork chops 45° halfway through cooking on each side.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature to avoid dry pork chops.
  • Resting Time: Let the pork chops rest for a few minutes before serving to retain their juices.
  • Serve with Sides: Pair these pork chops with grilled vegetables, a fresh salad, or mashed potatoes for a complete meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 737mg | Potassium: 893mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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