Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Chimichurri Sauce - Savory Simple

I am a grilling fool this summer as you may have noticed from my recent recipes like grilled avocado and peach salsa and grilled pears with honey roquefort whipped cream. Clearly I really love grilling fruit but I am also loving how flavorful and smokey grilled meats are. And they’re so convenient! The grill is a breeze to clean up and I’m not setting off the fire alarm every time I sear meat. All around win. Steak and chicken have been easy to prepare thus far but I’ve found pork chops to be a bit more challenging. They dry out much more easily on the grill, especially when using boneless chops. 

The trick with pork chops is to brine them. Even if it’s only for a short time, brining the chops makes a noticeable difference in the final product and also gives a bit more wiggle room against accidental overcooking.

Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Chimichurri Sauce - Savory Simple

I’ve paired these grilled pork chops with a fresh, spicy chimichurri sauce. What I love about this sauce is that it packs a ton of flavor without adding much additional fat. It’s definitely healthier than the pan sauces I often prepare when searing meat on the stove.

Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Chimichurri Sauce - Savory Simple

Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Chimichurri Sauce
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
for the pork chops
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons salt
  • ½ tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
for the chimichurri sauce
  • ½ cup packed fresh parsley
  • ½ cup packed fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup packed fresh oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup shallots, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Brine the pork chops: In a large bowl, combine water, cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Place the pork chops and brine in a large sealable bag and close. Place the bag in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight, turning the chops over once while they're brining.
  2. To prepare the chimichurri sauce, add the parsley, cilantro, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, shallots, Sriracha and salt to a food processor and pulse until well combined. Scrape the sides down a few times to make sure everything is combined. Let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  3. Preheat a grill to medium heat, approximately 350-375 degrees F. Remove the pork chops from the bag and discard the brine. Rinse the chops briefly and pat dry. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  4. Sear the chops on the grill for 3 minutes per side and then move to an indirect heat area of the grill. Cook until a digital thermometer reads 145 degrees F in the center of one of the chops, approximately 10-15 minutes. Remove from the grill and allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve pork chops with the chimichurri sauce.
Notes
Brining the pork chops isn't essential for grilling them but it helps keep the meat moist and helps prevent it from overcooking. Also, you can trim the fat off the pork before grilling if you prefer. I like to leave it on for added flavor.

 

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    • whitney

      Oh! And my favorite grilled food are brussel sprouts!

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  • Shannon

    Chimichurri sauce on everything!

  • Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

    Love grilled peaches!

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    Pork chops

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    I love grilling, but my favorite this to grill are corn, salmon and pineapple! These pork chops sound so good!

  • Melissa M

    My favorite grilled dish used to be steak, but now I gotta say that it’s peaches. Yummm!

  • tim

    That pork chop looks great. Will have to try this recipe.

  • Cori W

    I love brats made on the grill.

  • Doug

    favorite grilled food? pineapple, imo.

  • Addie

    My favorite grilled food is grilled sweet corn!

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    I love a good grilled steak!

  • Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Love Grilled Peaches!

  • Kevin E

    Tuna steaks on the grill!

  • http://www.pineappleandcoconut.com Shanna@ pineapple and coconut

    We love pork chops so I am totally making this sauce next time we grill some. I totally agree that the boneless are trickier to grill, this is why I leave the pork grilling to my husband! and your pics are gorgeous – I love the aqua pitcher!

  • http://blondeambitionblog.net Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    These past couple of summers I’ve fallen in love with grilled veggies, especially zucchini!

  • http://www.littlekitchenontheprairie.blogspot.com Lori

    I love to grill steaks…when I do girl pork chops though, I always brine them first….sooooo good!

  • http://www.thebeautifulbalance.com Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    My favorite grilled food is veggies, specifically corn!

  • Sandy Headtke

    My favorite grilled food is a burger.

  • Danyelle H

    I love grilled kabobs

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love that chimichurri, such a perfect topper for grilled meat!

  • Sean C

    Burgers with onions and mushrooms! YUM!

  • Alina

    Corn on the cob.

  • http://thepastryposts.com Christina @ The Pastry Posts

    Fave grilled food? I love grilled veggies – especially grilled bell peppers and corn on the cob. I could eat them all day!

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    Two wonderful recipes and a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Thank you for sharing your trick with us.

  • Holly

    We love outdoor camping and grilling! This would be awesome!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    I love pork and I love chimichurri, so this is a winning combination to me! Your spicy take on the sauce sounds wonderful!

  • http://www.ny-foodgasm.blogspot.com Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    Woah I will gladly comment!! This looks sooo good and I love that it is not just a plain pork chop you are packing some serious flavor punch and I love chimchurri sauce! Mmmmm!

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    I love grilled salmon!

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    Don’t judge me, but favorite grilled food is (are?) hot dogs! I love them almost burnt :D

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    That chimichurri sauce is calling my name! so favorful!!

  • olivia

    BBQ chicken is def my fav!!! :)

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    I think burgers are our all time favorite. It can be regular ol’ can’t-go-wrong burgers or mushroom burgers or some wonderful black bean or beet experiments I’ve been doing lately—everyone seems to love them.

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    I love pork chops! And grilling for that matter. Lol

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    And…my favorite grilled food is a nice T-Bone steak!

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    My favorite grilled food is a good steak!

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    Forgive me, but going to have to be boring here. Nothing beats a grilled hamburger with all the trimmings! :)

  • Jessica Z

    My favorite grilled food is cherry tomatoes with garlic and olive oil

  • Dawn DeVinney

    Corn on the cob, brats, burgers, chicken, potatoes, onions, mushrooms … I can’t pick one. :)

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    I love to grill pizza!! It’s my favorite!

  • Christina W

    My favorite grilled food is swordfish. I love how the skin and meat almost have a caramelized taste and texture. Check out Ina Garten’s Indonesian Grilled Swordfish, this recipe is soooo yummy!

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    This would be great for my hubby to be who loves to grill!!

  • Tanya

    Steak and mushrooms!!!

  • Wendy N.

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  • Elizabeth Vogelsberg

    My favorite is chicken legs but steak places a close second!

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    These pictures are amazing! Awesome giveaway too. I’m grilling on Friday so this might make an appearance.

  • DinT

    Baby back ribs

  • Sarah Elizabeth

    My favorite grilled food is zucchini – yum!

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    my absolute favorite this summer is a tie between corn and zucchini! : ) they are both great sides to grilled steak :)

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    Gorgeous pork chops, Jen! I always wanted to make the chimichurri sauce. Sounds fantastic! Great giveaway!

  • Courtney

    Steak, nothing like a fresh steak with grill lines :) and grilled peaches for dessert!! yum :)

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    Tri-Tip for sure.

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  • CarolynM

    Why, oh why have I never considered brining my chops? Thanks for the simple and delicious grilling recipe.

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    Steak, medium rare please.

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    i love grilled steak!

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    Chicken is my favorite grilled item!

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    Grilled pizza!

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    steaks and brussels sprouts

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    I love grilled chicken and this grill giveaway would be excellent!

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    I love grilled salmon & veggies!!

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    • Anna Lavender

      And I forgot to add that I love to grill portobellos and pork chops.

  • Rosemary from SC

    Favorite grilled food: Corn

  • http://www.savorysimple.net/grilled-pork-chops-with-spicy-chimichurri-sauce/ Kristiana

    My favorite grilled food is shrimp.

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    Burgers and hotdogs…nothing interesting, but they are super delicious when grilled!

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    My favorite grilled food is chicken.

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    Grilled corn.

  • Kate D.

    My favorite grilled food is chicken.

  • Natalie J Vandenberghe

    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything off the grill that I didn’t like! That being said, I love grilled peaches. Salmon, also (which I don’t get very often because my family doesn’t eat fish or seafood). My husband makes delicious grilled veggies and I love grilled steak and ribs, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • http://lauriebakkeskitchen.com Laurie Bakke

    Well first, what an incredible recipe for the pork and the sauce. I love the use of fresh herbs in grilling Second, the giveaway is a great gift. We are always trying to find different ways to grill and this portable grill just is fantastic. And third, what a great line-up of bloggers together. I would one day be honored to be included in a group with this much experience. Thank you, Laurie

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    grilled chicken

  • http://saltlessinseattle.com/ Robert Gately

    Rib eye steaks or pork tenderloin!

  • Liz (@Leave a happy plate)

    Your cilantro sauce looks delicious!

  • Alex B

    chicken

  • Angie T.

    Grilled chicken & veggies

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    Gorgeous! The Chimichurri sauce looks perfect! That would be a perfect camping grill!

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    portabella mushrooms.

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    portabella mushrooms.

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    My favorite grilled food is salmon & most veggies!

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    I don’t normally like pork chops but those look awesome!

    And my favorite grilled food is steak. Thanks for the nice giveaway. :)

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  • Cherie Montorio

    Hamburgers are my favorite.

  • Nicole

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    PIZZA!

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    I love grilling burgers! Great giveaway!

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    Pearl hotdogs – they are only found in the Boston area but they are SO GOOD.

  • http://www.pancakesandpaella.com Barbara McCrary

    summer veggies!

  • vanessa

    my mother makes the simpler version of the sauce with cilantro and fresh jalapeno. it’s delicious on meats! can’t wait to try yours.

  • http://www.thecitiereport.wordpress.com Stephanie

    My favorite grilled food would have to be herbed chicken skewers with ooey gooey mozzarella balls and cherries tomatoes….with Mexican street corn on the side.

  • Rebecca

    My favorite grilled food is steak with grilled corn on the cob! Yum!

  • http://www.nutmegnanny.com Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh goodness, these pork chops look heavenly :) and I love chimcurri sauce!!

  • Candice

    I agree! Brining pork chops definitely prevents it from drying out. I’m allergic to parsley and cilantro. Can I substitute it with another herb to make the chimichurri sauce?