These juicy grilled pork chops are the perfect Summer meal. The pork chops are topped with tomato, basil, and garlic for maximum flavor, and it only takes 10 minutes to cook.
One of the things I love about Summer is utilizing all of those delicious Summer flavors like tomatoes and basil! I love adding these juicy grilled pork chops to our Summer meal rotation.
I do lots of gardening so I grow lots of these veggies. These pork chops were created when I wanted to blend what I grow in the garden with a favorite grilled meat in our house, pork chops.
This easy Summer grilled pork chops recipe is one of my favorites! Because we are using bone-in pork chops, the pork stays nice and tender and needs no brining before it hits the grill. It is cooked in just 10 minutes too.
If you like the idea of meals that you can grill up fast, then our hamburger patties, our grilled tuna steak, and fajitas from leftovers (which we use our outdoor griddle to make.) are worth checking out too. Grilling is just one of the best parts of Summer.
The are not too many ingredients that you will need to make these grilled bone-in pork chops. They are all simple and fresh ingredients that anyone can find.
- Bone in pork chops- About 1 inch thick. It is important to use thicker pork chops like this when grilling so the meat stays tender. Using a bone in pork chops keeps the pork chops juicy.
- Fresh cherry tomatoes- You can use any fresh tomatoes you can find. If you grow smaller tomatoes or larger ones in your garden in the Summer, go ahead and use those.
- Fresh basil- Make sure you are only using fresh basil here. Dried basil will not taste good. If you do not have fresh basil, you can just omit it from the recipe and it will still be amazing.
- Fresh garlic- The garlic is the element that pulls together the tomato and basil and gives the pork so much flavor.
- Fresh lemon- Fresh lemon is squeezed over the cooked pork chops before they rest. Trust me on this, it really brightens the flavor of the pork chops. It will not be too lemony.
How to make
If you thought the ingredients were simple, just wait until you see how easy these Summer grilled pork chops are to make!
Here is what it looks like:
The first thing you want to do is pre-heat your grill. I like using a gas grill for most of my grilling. For this recipe, you want to heat your gas grill to between 400-500 degrees.
Once the grill is preheated for a good 10 minutes, just follow the steps below:
- Salt the pork chops: You do not need to brine the pork chops for this recipe. Just add a generous portion of salt to the chops right before they go on the grill.
- Make the tomato and garlic foil packs: Since the tomato and garlic are cooking alongside the pork chops, you will add them along with some olive oil to foil packs that you seal before placing them on the grill. Make sure to seal them well so that there are no leaks and the olive oil does not cause flare-ups.
- Cook tomatoes and pork on the grill- The pork chops and tomatoes only need about 8-10 minutes on the grill. I like to remove the pork chops after about 8 minutes and I leave the tomatoes to cook for a few minutes longer. Once the pork is done, remove it and place it on a plate. Squeeze fresh lemon over the top and cover it with foil to rest for 10 minutes. Once the tomatoes are nice and juicy and just starting to burst, remove from the grill and add the fresh basil.
- Plate- Once the pork has rested, pour the tomato, garlic, and basil mixture over the pork chops and serve.
This entire meal from cooking to resting time is ready in under 30 minutes. It will taste like it took you much longer to cook because it is so good.
What to serve with these grilled bone-in-pork chops
Now to me, these grilled pork chops are a meal all on their own. I do sometimes like making crostini on the grill to go along with it. A pesto pasta or pasta with zucchini goes well with this. You can also make these grilled pork chops in the Fall and add some delicious caramelized apples on top instead of the tomatoes.
Here are some more ideas:
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One-inch bone-in pork chops will take about 4 minutes per side if cooking them on a grill between 400-500 degrees.
To grill up tender pork chops you want to make sure you use bone-in pork chops that are thick, let them rest for 10 minutes after cooking and do not overcook them. This will ensure tender juicy grilled pork chops.
The Best Juicy Grilled Pork Chops
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Grilled Pork Chops
- 4 Bone in Pork chops one inch thick
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
Tomato basil topping
- 1 pint Cherry tomatoes
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ cup Fresh basil Slice thin
- ¼ cup Olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Pre-heat a gas grill to 400-500 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Pat pork chops dry.4 Bone in Pork chops
- Add salt evenly over the pork chops, both sides.1 tablespoon kosher salt
Tomato garlic foil packs
- Add tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and salt to foil packs and seal well. Make sure there will be no leaks on the grill.1 pint Cherry tomatoes, 4 cloves garlic, ¼ cup Olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Add foil pack and pork chops to the pre-heated grill.
- Cook pork chops for 4 minutes per side.
- After 8 minutes on the grill, remove the pork chops and place on a plate.
- Squeeze fresh lemon over the top and cover to rest for 10 minutes.1 lemon
- Once that is done, remove the foil packs from the grill and set aside.
- After 10 minutes, carefully open the foil pack and add fresh basil.¼ cup Fresh basil
- Pour mixture over the top of the pork chops and serve immediately.
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