Grilled Pork Chops


I’m genuinely not overly impressed with pork chops.  They are often dry and bland and just not my favorite.  I want to like them and have tried cooking them over the years, but am usually disappointed.  But, Cooks Illustrated published the most wonderful BBQ pork chop recipe a while back that is just delicious and so far has been a hit every time I make them.



  • 4 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 lbs bone-in country style pork ribs (I prefer the chops with the bone, but tonight I made boneless and those do just fine too)
  • 1/2 C barbecue sauce, plus extra for serving


  1. Combine sugar, salt, chili powder, and cayenne in a bowl.  Rub mixture over ribs.  Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  2. Turn all burners on the grill to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes.  Leave primary burner on high and turn off other burners to maintain grill temperature around 350 degrees.
  3. Clean and oil the cooking grate.  Place ribs on hotter side of grill.  Cover and cook until well browned on both sides, 4-7 minutes total.  Move to cooler side of frill and brush with 1/4 C sauce.  Cover and cook for 6 minutes.  Flip and brush with remaining  1/4 C sauce.  Cover and continue to cook 5-10 minutes longer.  Let rest 10 minutes.  Serve passing extra sauce separately.

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