These spice-rubbed grilled pork chops get their awesomeness from a mix of crushed coriander seeds, chipotle chile powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, and mustard powder. A combo of direct and indirect grilling makes for a great crust and juicy interior.
Grilled pork chops can be tricky. You want to subject them to the fire long enough so that they’re imbued with smoke but not so long that they dry out. And you want a spice rub with enough oomph to make itself known but not so much that you no longer experience that lovely and luscious innate porkiness. This recipe has everything in balance. Amen to that.–Renee Schettler
Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops
- Prepare and preheat a charcoal or gas grill to create two heat zones: high and low.
- In a small bowl, combine the coriander, chipotle, salt, cumin, paprika, and mustard powder. Pat the chops dry with paper towels and season both sides with the spice mixture and then rub the seasoned chops with the olive oil.
- Sear the pork chops on the hot side of the grill until the exterior forms a nice crust, about 4 minutes per side. Move the pork to the low-heat side, cover the grill, and cook until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 140°F (60°C), 8 to 12 minutes.
- Move the pork to a cutting board, let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes, and then serve.
*What is a double-cut pork chop?So, depending on where you live, you might have never heard of double-cut pork chops. Basically, it's a chop with 2 ribs attached. Makes sense, right? If you can't find double-cut pork chops, use the thickest chop you can find and reduce the cooking time. Like always, a digital thermometer is your friend here. No matter how thick your pork, you're looking for an internal temp of 140°F (60°C).
Recipe Testers' Reviews
These spicy grilled pork chops are a dish I'd make again and again. It takes almost no time to mix up the spice mixture and the total grill time is only about 17 minutes. I loved the flavor of these chops but some people at the table said the chipotle chili powder was a little spicy. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use this spice mix on just about any meat.
These spice-rubbed grilled pork chops really hit the spot. Simple, fast, and delicious. A few minutes to measure and mix up the spice rub and a few more to season the chops and you’re ready to grill. They cooked up quickly and the two-zone heating method worked nicely.
I had to keep a careful eye on the first side at high heat as I had several flare-ups because of the oil and needed to move the pork chops around a bit. That settled down by the time they were ready to flip. We'll definitely be having these again. I served them with roasted potatoes and a simple green salad.
Originally published May 01, 2020