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Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chops are grilled to tender perfection and amazingly flavorful. Experience a flavor explosion in your mouth with every succulent bite. Either outdoor grill or indoor cast iron grill works great.

Grilled pork chops with grilled pineapple, bbq beans, and asparagus on a plate

Grilled Pork Chops

Many of you know I’m like a fish out of water in the wild, wild land of Minnesota. Wild is fabulous. We love Wild. We’re all about the great outdoors, so Wild is not what throws me off.

It’s the other W word. Now that we’re finally out of the freeze and heading into summer, I’m afraid to say the W word out loud. Suffice to say I’m giddy saying goodbye to my long down coat for awhile. However few months of warmth we get, we will SO take it.

Summer brings on a big, statewide happy sigh. It’s the season all the grills emerge from hibernation. Left, right, high, and low…it’s grill time.

Today, it’s all about these succulent, tender, flavorful grilled pork chops. The recipe is incredibly easy, using ordinary pantry ingredients to create extraordinary flavor. Let’s go.

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Chops on a grill

The Marinade Makes all the Difference

We’ve long been fans of throwing pork chops on the grill. I’ve already bragged about my mama’s amazing pork chops when we grilled you these Honey Mustard Pork Chops.

But lately, we’ve been daydreaming about Hawaii and all its amazing flavors. That’s how these Grilled Pork Chops were born. They’re incredibly tender, juicy, and loaded with flavor. Savory umami flavor comes from soy sauce, while tantalizing sweetness is borrowed from brown sugar and pineapple juice – this is the secret ingredient! Pineapple juice contains just the right amount of acidity to help tenderize the meat.

Simply pantry seasoning like garlic powder, onion powder, and ground ginger fuse together for an irresistible aroma. Though none of the ingredients are fancy or hard to find, the grilled pork chops taste like they emerged from the grill of a skillful chef.

These Grilled Pork Chops only need a handful of basic ingredients to come true. Give your chops plenty of time to soak up all the tasty marinade; overnight is highly recommended, as that gives the flavors time to infuse throughout the pork.

You’ll definitely want to grill up some pineapples to go with these ridiculously delicious pork chops. To do so, simply brush pineapple rings with oil and grill until those beautiful grill lines appear and pineapples are softened.

grilled pork chops with pineapple rings on a plate

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Hawaiian Grilled Pork with Asparagus, Beans and Pineapple

Grilled Pork Chops

5 from 48 ratings
These marinated pork chops are fabulous on the grill. 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Amy Dong



  • Use paper towels to dry excess moisture from pork chops. Poke holes throughout chops with a fork. Set aside.
  • In a very large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, onion powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, and black pepper. Whisk to combine well. Place pork chops in bowl, taking care to ensure both sides of each chop are fully coated and immersed in marinade. Cover tightly and chill in fridge at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight for best flavor.
  • Grease and preheat your outdoor grill or indoor cast iron grill. Once grill is hot, remove chops from marinade, and grill on medium-high heat about 4 minutes per side, or until there are deep grill marks and center is no longer pink. You want it fully cooked, but take care not to overcook the meat (Note: Indoor cast iron grills may cook faster. Actual cook time depends on thickness of your chops, temperature of your grill, and temperature of your meat before cooking.)
  • If using outdoor grill, you can use marinade for brushing on the meat during the first couple minutes of cooking, but not towards the end of cooking time. Discard excess marinade.
  • Grill desired amount of pineapple rings until grill marks appear. Serve pineapple rings on top of grilled pork chops. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.


If you prefer not to include pineapple rings, you can buy pure pineapple juice to use for the marinade. Don’t skip the pineapple juice, as the acidity helps with tenderizing the meat.
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 27.1g | Fat: 4.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 71.4mg | Sodium: 495.3mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 17.1g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Lactose
Method: Grill

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Recipe Rating


    • Hilary wheatley
    • 5 stars

    Very good!

    • Amy
    • 5 stars

    My family loves these. They’re a great easy dinner!

      • Amy Dong

      So glad you guys enjoyed this!

    • Amy
    • 5 stars

    OMG the pineapple rings were the best addition to the pork chops! Think I need to double the amount next time

      • Amy Dong

      YES, I don’t normally love pineapple, but grilled pineapple is SO good!

    • Jeri
    • 5 stars

    Everyone loved the flavor of these grilled pork chops! Thanks!

      • Amy Dong

      Yay! Happy to hear that!

    • Sue
    • 5 stars

    The marinade really makes these pork chops special!

      • Amy Dong

      We love it 🙂

    • Elizabeth
    • 5 stars

    Wow! These just look SO good.

    • Brianna May
    • 5 stars


    • Amanda
    • 5 stars

    Perfect pork chops! The family loved them.

      • Amy Dong

      That’s awesome 🙂

    • Liz
    • 5 stars

    Made these tonight. Marinated for 10 hours……they were sooooo delish, flavour was out of this world. I am a very seasoned cook of 50yrs and this recipe and it’s flavours are a must to try. I paired it with the Asian Pasta Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing, fantastic!!!! My husband was complimenting with each mouthful.

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, I’m so happy you liked this!

    • Janice Lee

    Donot have pineapple on hand. Can I use overripen kiwi instead. How long do I place the kiwi on the meat for?

      • Amy Dong

      Yes, you can use kiwi; the acidity in kiwi is powerful, so let it rest on meat for no more than 30 minutes.

    • Topper

    I love to grill shrimp, and your marinade for the chops would be wonderful with shrimp!
    Thanks for the recipe!

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