Grilled Double Cut Ribeye Pork Chops With Rosemary, Honey, and Lemon Glaze
- 4 double cut pork ribeye chops (2 1/2 to 3 inches thick, about 1 pound each)
- 2 quarts water
- 1/2 cup Kosher salt (or 1/4 cup table salt)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Brine the chops, prepare the glaze: Stir the water, salt, and brown sugar until the salt dissolves, then pour over the ribeye pork chops. Brine the chops in the refrigerator for at least one hour, and up to eight hours. Right before lighting the grill, stir the glaze ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. (I use a Pyrex 2 cup measuring cup as my bowl - the handle is easier to grab when working over the grill.)
- Set the grill for indirect high heat (450°F+): Prepare the grill for cooking with two zones – half the grill with direct high heat, and the other half with no heat - then brush the grill grate clean. On my Weber Summit, I turn all the burners to high, close the lid, and let the grill preheat for ten to fifteen minutes. Then I brush the grates clean with my grill brush, leave two burners on high, and turn the other burners off. (I want an internal grill temperature of 400°F or higher).
- Sear the chops over direct high heat: Remove the chops from the brine and pat them dry with paper towels. Put the chops on the grill grate, directly over high heat. Sear the chops, flipping every minute or two, until they are browned and crusty on both sides, about 8 minutes. (If you are cooking on a gas grill, rotate the steaks 90 degrees after the second flip to get a diamond crosshatch pattern on the steaks. This doesn’t matter as much with a charcoal grill – charcoal will brown the steaks regardless of the grate direction.)
- Indirect-roast the chops over indirect heat to 145°F: Move the chops to the indirect heat side of the grill, away from the fire, bone side down, and then brush with a coat of glaze. Close the lid and cook the chops; open the lid every five minutes, quickly brush the chops with another coat of glaze, and close the lid again. The chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145°F, about 20 minutes. Let the chops rest for at least 3 minutes, then serve.
- For medium-rare chops, cook to 135°F internal, about 15 minutes. (This is less than the USDA recommended temperature, but my wife likes her chops medium-rare. For medium-well, go to 155°F internal, about 25 minutes…but you’re going to dry out the chops.
- This recipe is inspired by dinner at Vaccaro’s Trattoria, my local high-end Italian restaurant. I set out to duplicate their Daily Special; a two bone pork chop served with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts.
- For regular eaters, one double-thick chop will serve two people. I served five…and wound up with two chops left over as leftovers.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 28 minutes
- Category: Sunday Dinner
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: American