Be prepared to fall in love with these sage rubbed grilled pork chops. I predict that this will be among your favorite grilling recipes to add to your collection of delicious quick and easy summer dinner ideas.
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Why You Should Be Grilling Pork Chops This Summer
I love easy grilling recipes when I'm outdoor entertaining. It's a great way to keep things cool in your house by not turning on your oven. As the host, you are still able to socialize with your guests while you're cooking. And if you have a big enough grill, it's easy to prepare dinner for a large group of people. The hubster and my anniversary is next week, which has me remembering our super simple backyard wedding. As soon as the ceremony was over, the grill was fired up to prepare the main course for our 40 guests.
If you are hosting a crowd, pork chops are a great option. I personally feel like they are much easier to grill than chicken or fish. And as far as cost, pork chops are going to be much more affordable than steak. So.... easy? Check. Affordable? Check. Delicious? Double check!!!! Grilled pork chops are basically the perfect al fresco dinner option this summer.
When picking out pork chops for the grill, you want to go thick. And while you're at it, look for pork chops that have a nice amount of fat left on.
Sage Dry Rub For Pork Chops
For this dry rub recipe, I chose sage as the main flavor for my pork chop seasoning.
I used fresh sage for my dry rub. I definitely do not have a green thumb. But I'm determined to keep my little herb garden thriving this summer. Don't you love the smell of fresh herbs? It's one of those little things in life that I can stop and appreciate.
But dry sage would work perfectly fine in this dry rub for pork chops too. Mix the sage with your salt and pepper in a bowl and that's it. Pat your pork chops with a paper towel before adding the sage dry rub to both sides of the meat. Cover the pork chops with foil or plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for about an hour or in the refrigerator for several hours. The pork is going to absorb those flavors and be soooooo yummy!
This prep takes maybe five minutes if you're moving like a sloth. It's so quick and easy - just how I like my summer recipes!
Grilling Thick Pork Chops
As I mentioned earlier, if you are going to grill pork chops, thicker is better! These pork chops are between an 1.5 and 2 inches thick.
You want to grill your pork chops over high direct heat. These need about 8 minutes per side. I like those pretty crossed sear marks so I flip my pork chops every 4 minutes paying attention to the direction the sear marks are on the meat. In between flipping the pork chops, close the lid of your grill. If you are unsure if your pork is cooked through, you can use a meat thermometer to check to make sure it is at 145 degrees.
Let your pork chops rest for a few minute before serving. There will be some juice that runs off as your meat rests, so make sure to keep that in mind when you select the platter that your pork chops are going onto from the grill. I added the juice from my pork chops to a sage mustard cream sauce that I ended up serving on top of the pork chops that is my family's new favorite thing. Don't worry, that recipe is coming up next!
Essential Grilling Tools
If you are new to grilling, you may be wondering what grilling tools you should buy. For sure you should get a nice set of long grilling tongs. Especially when you are grilling over high heat, you need a way to move your food off, on, and around your grill without burning yourself. I recommend these grilling tongs. Here are some other grilling tools you may need:
I'm not going to pretend that I'm a bbq pitmaster or anything, but I have really loved learning how to grill over the last 2 years. I've always left grilling up to either my dad or my husband, but it turns out grilling isn't all that hard and can be pretty relaxing.
I've grown to love grilling so much that I'm trying out a subscription of the Grill Masters Club. Each box includes pitmaster tested products like BBQ sauces, rubs, wood chips, hot sauces, grilling accessories and more. It looks like a great gift too. I'll let you know how it's going later this summer
Other Easy Summer Recipes
Are you going to be dining al fresco this summer? Here are a few of my other favorite summer recipes.
This blt tortellini salad from Gal on a Mission looks so refreshing. Speaking of refreshing, you're also going to need something to drink! My homemade blackberry soda is perfect on a hot summer's day.
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That's it for this sage rubbed grilled pork chops. Until next time!
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- 4 1.5 to 2 inch thick pork chops
- 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh sage (or 1 tsp dried sage)
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Combine sage, salt, and pepper into a mixing bowl and stir well
- Pat the pork chops with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Rub both sides of each pork chop with a spoonful of the sage dry rub mix
- Cover the pork and allow to marinate for 1 hour at room temperature or around 4 hours in the refrigerator.
- Heat your grill to high heat.
- Add your pork chops to the grill and cook each side about 8 minutes flipping once per side and covering the grill in between flips.
- Remove the pork chops for the grill and allow to rest loosely covered with foil for about 5 minutes before serving.
Not sure your pork chops are done? Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature is at 145 degrees.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 33mg Sodium: 1766mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 10g
Hi, I’m Jordan – a work at home mom with 3 super fun little boys and a rising country star hubby. I love entertaining guests and want to help you make entertaining easy!