This grilled pork chops recipe is served with a fresh herb chimichurri sauce that’s so flavorful! It’s a simple, healthy summer pork chops recipe that’s perfect for grilling. Chimichurri is similar to pesto, but with a thinner consistency that’s more like a sauce. It comes together in no time and is the perfect compliment for these pork chops.
I love enjoying grilled meats in the summer. They have so much flavor.
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.
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
for the pork chops
- 4 boneless pork chops
- 4 cups water
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
for the chimichurri sauce
- 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup packed fresh oregano
- 4 medium garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup shallots, minced (about 2 medium)
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve pork chops with the chimichurri sauce.
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Erin @ Texanerin Baking says
I don’t normally like pork chops but those look awesome!
And my favorite grilled food is steak. Thanks for the nice giveaway. :)
Edwina Moorman says
Fantastic prize to make a super recipe!
Cherie Montorio says
Hamburgers are my favorite.
Oh, I’d love to grill some carne asada on this grill! :)
Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says
I love grilling burgers! Great giveaway!
Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper says
Pearl hotdogs – they are only found in the Boston area but they are SO GOOD.
Barbara McCrary says
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.
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.
My favorite grilled food is steak with grilled corn on the cob! Yum!
Nutmeg Nanny says
Oh goodness, these pork chops look heavenly :) and I love chimcurri sauce!!
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?