Pork loin chops are one of the finest cuts of meat that you will ever get your hands on. First of all, pork chops are not as expensive as other premium cuts of meat such as the fillet mignon, but they can be just as delicious. Secondly, pork chops are unbelievably versatile. The same piece of pork can be baked, braised, pan fried, broiled and even barbecued. Yes, you can barbecue pork loin chops every time it is BBQ night at your house. Last but not the least, cooking pork loin chops can be effortlessly easy if you are meticulous about following basic cooking instructions.
BBQ Pork Loin Chops are Juicy, Tender and Delicious
A lot of people make the assumption that pork chops have to be dry and flawless. This is why when you Google search images for pork chop dishes you end up finding results that look like backdated food from the 80s. Pork loin chops can made just as contemporary as any other cut of pork or beef. All you really need to do is use a bit of your creativity and cook with a lot of heart. That is the secret to preparing delicious, scrumptious and picture perfect barbecued pork loin chops. The most remarkable thing about barbecued pork loin chops is that they are insanely juicy, tender and luscious. It is the kind of meat that is going to leave an unforgettable taste in your mouth for a very long time to come.
List of Ingredients to Prepare BBQ Pork Loin Chops
● 2 pork chops
● A quarter of a cup plus 1 tbsp of lemon juice
● 3 tbsp of soy sauce
● 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
● Half a tsp of light brown sugar
● A quarter of a tsp of fresh or dried rosemary
● Salt and pepper (as much as you need for the perfect taste)
Note for the Home Cooks
At this point, you are probably wondering why garlic cloves were left off the list of ingredients. Garlic is a very commonly used ingredient and it goes into almost everything that we use to cook meat. However, some people are not particularly fond of the taste of garlic. For this particular dish, we believe that it is better to keep the garlic away and allow the natural flavours of the BBQ to take over. After all, the flavour of garlic can at times be quite overpowering.
Also, it is important to make sure that you bring home the best pork loin chops from the market. Do not settle for the mediocre and cheap products that the vendors are going to try to sell you. It is okay to think economically, but do not buy cheap pork chops that are clearly inferior in terms of quality.
Additionally, you should refrain from buying pork loin chops that are a little too thin. You might save money buying these thin pieces of meat, but you are definitely going to miss out on the flavour, the texture and the taste. What’s the point of spending hours of the day barbecuing meat if you are going to end eating food that is not even remotely appetizing? Besides, when you are barbecuing pork loin chops, you are usually feeding other guests. You certainly do not want people to think that you are a horrible cook by allowing poor cuts of meat to ruin your BBQ party.
The first order of action is to get your pork chops marinated. Put the marinating pork chops in a Ziploc bag. Each pork chop should be at least one inch thick and fully immersed in the marinade. Chill the pork loin chops in the Ziploc bag for at least an hour. Once chilled, remove the pork chops from the bag and place them on a plate. Let them warm up to room temperature for approximately 35 minutes or so. In the meantime, pre-heat the barbecue grill to a high temperature.
Once the barbecue grill has been pre-heated, take the tender piece of pork loin chops and carefully place them on the high heat portion of the barbecue. The grilling should continue for a minimum of 6 minutes. Flip the pork chops over at the 3 minute mark. Once the 6 minutes pass away, you can transfer the partially cooked pork chops over to a cooler section of the barbecue grill to keep them heated.
Finish the cooking in this section of the grill. Keep them on for no longer than 7 minutes. Be careful to not overcook the meat, as it can reduce the moistness of the pork loin chops. The “juices running clear” is the mark of a cooked BBQ pork loin chop. You can also use your thermometer to check whether the meat has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees.