Maple Dijon Grilled Pork Chop Marinade

This Maple Dijon Grilled Pork Chop Marinade is so full of savory, delicious flavor, it’ll be on repeat for the entire summer! It’s easy to throw together and freeze or cook right away!

Pork chops on a plate.

This recipe is part of my Dump it ’til it’s hot series of dump recipes. It’s all about making delicious food with minimal prep, no pre-cooking, the ability to freeze for a good make-ahead meal. And trust me when I say, easy never tasted so good!

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Ugh, these pork chops are so good! I seriously don’t know what else to write about these. They’re just that good! And I’ll be honest, I had my doubts. I’m normally not a big fan of maple syrup. I don’t dislike it, but it’s just not my go-to sweetener. But after this recipe, I appreciate how a little bit can really bring out some super delicious flavors in certain recipes.

This is adapted from a recipe I found in on of those old, homemade church cookbooks that I love so much. Every year, I grab a bunch of them at our church rummage sale, they’re a treasure trove of recipe inspiration!  Throw this together and freeze for a busy night, or pop them right onto the grill for a dinner the whole family will love!

Tips for making grilled pork chops

  • You can marinate these for as little as 10 minutes but for best results give them at least a few hours.
  • The optimal temperature for safely cooking pork chops is 145 degrees. How this translates to pork chop grill time will vary based on the thickness, but a digital thermometer will help to get these to the correct temperature.
  • Make sure you rest the chops for a good 5-10 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
A straight on image of a grilled pork chop with a piece cut off revealing the perfectly cooked inside.

What is the best cut of meat for Grilled Pork Chops?

Honestly, that comes down to what you prefer. This recipe would be fantastic with bone-in or boneless chops!

How do you choose the best pork chops?

Look for chops that are a more vivid red or pink. They should be firm and smell fresh. And don’t be afraid to consult your butcher, as they’re super knowledgable.

Can you make this gluten free?

Yes, just substitute coconut aminos or liquid aminos for the soy sauce.

How long do you marinade pork chops?

At least a couple hours to overnight.

Can you freeze pork chops in the marinade?

Yes, but I’d encourage you to thaw them fully before cooking.

How do you keep grilled pork chops from getting dry?

Don’t overcook them! Overcooking pork chops makes them super tough and dry. Use an meat thermometer and pull them when they reach the right temperature and then rest them.

What temperature are grilled pork chops done?

The safe temperature to cook pork to is 145 degrees. I like to pull them around 143 degrees and then test them tented in foil for at least a few minutes. During that time they’ll come to temp and the juices will redistribute.

This grilled pork chop marinade recipe on a plate.

Ingredients for this pork chop marinade

  • Pork chops
  • Dijon mustard
  • Maple syrup
  • Soy sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • Koser salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried rosemary

How to grill pork chops

  1. Mix all marinade ingredients until well combined.
  2. Submerge pork chops in the marinade and refrigerate until you’re ready to grill.
  3. Remove the chops from the refrigerator, grease the grill and preheat to medium high.
  4. Place the meat on the grill and cook for around 5-6 minutes per side depending on thickness.
  5. Once the pork chops reach 145 degrees, remove from the heat and rest for a few minutes.
  6. Devour!

Helpful tools:

  1. Instant Read Thermometer
  2. Grill tongs
  3. Mixing bowl
  4. Whisk

A bite of grilled pork chop on a fork.

Maple Dijon Grilled Pork Chop Marinade
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Marinating time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 17 mins
 

This Maple Dijon Grilled Pork Chop Marinade is so full of savory, delicious flavor, it'll be on repeat for the entire summer! It's easy to throw together and freeze or cook right away!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled pork chop marinade
Author: Adapted from a recipe in a church cookbook submitted by Cristine Swanbeck
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice (around 1 lime)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4-6 pork chops
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk dijon mustard, maple syrup, soy sauce, lime juice, oil, garlic powder, salt and rosemary until well combined.

  2. Submerge pork chops in the mixture so everything is well coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for a couple hours to overnight (or freeze).

  3. When you're ready to cook, remove the chops from the refrigerator.

  4. Spray the grill with cooking spray and heat it to medium high.

  5. Place the chops onto the grill and dispose of the marinade.

  6. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the chops, until they reach an internal temperature of just under 145 degrees. You can rotate the chops slightly halfway through each side to get nice crosshatch grill marks if you want.

  7. Remove the chops from the grill and rest tented in foil for a couple minutes. Serve immediately.

A prok chop on a plate with asparagus.

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