The Best Ever Pork Chop Marinade produces tender and flavorful pork chops every time! It’s an easy pork marinade recipe made with soy sauce, brown sugar,garlic and vinegar, olive oil, and ketchup. These marinated pork chops are perfect for grilling, pan frying, or baking.
Pork chops have a mild flavor and are prone to overcooking. This homemade pork chop marinade helps to tenderize the meat while also adding sweet, salty and tangy flavors. Unlike lemon juice-based marinades, this recipe enhances the natural flavor of pork chops without being overpowering.
You can make it with pantry ingredients in less than 15 minutes. Before and let the pork chops soak overnight in the sauce, i usually whip up the marinade the night. The next day, they need just a few minutes to sear on the grill. A stunning grilled pork chop dinner is ready in minutes, so say good-bye to tough and dry pork chops!
This recipe works for both bone-in and boneless pork chops, in addition, you can also use it for pork loin, tenderloin, pork steak, and even sliced pork!
What Ingredients Go Into Pork Chop Marinade?
All of the ingredients above work together in harmony to make the perfect pork marinade!
How to Make Pork Chop Marinade
How Long Do You Marinate Pork Chops?
Here are the ideal marinating times for pork chops:
The key is to let the pork chops marinate for at least one hour. However, if you’re short of time, even 30 minutes of marinating will make a difference. Store the marinated pork chops for up to 3 days in the refrigerator if you want to make it ahead of time.
How to Grill Marinated Pork Chops?
Remove the pork chops from the fridge 15-20 minutes so they reach room temperature before cooking. Preheat your grill to medium-high (400°F / 204°C) and oil the grill grates. For 1-inch (2.5cm) thick pork chops, grill for about 4-5 minutes per side. Pork chop grill time will vary by temperature and thickness.
How Can I Tell When Pork Chops are Done?
Pork chops should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) according to the USDA. The best way to measure this is by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chop. Make sure the thermometer does not touch the bone for an accurate reading if you’re cooking bone-in chops. Remove the chops from the grill when the thermometer reads 140°F / 60°C, as the temperature will climb several degrees more afterward. Then let it rest covered with foil for 5 minutes.
Can I Fry Marinated Pork Chops on the Stove?
Yes. Place a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and fry the pork chops using the same approach as grilling, about 4-5 minutes per side for a 1-inch thickness.
Other options include baking pork chops at 400°F / 204°C for about 20 minutes, or using an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker!