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Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated

Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated |

Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated

Thin pork chops are an idea I learned from from John Willoughby and Chris Schlesinger in Gourmet magazine. They suggest you think thin, crispy and flavorful, instead of the usual thick and juicy. For a quick weeknight meal on the grill, thin is good – it cooks quickly, and gets dinner on the table that much faster.

Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated |

Brinerating the chops

Even though we’re going for thin and crispy, be careful to not overcook lean pork loin, or it will dry out. The brinerade gives us a little cushion, but the real trick is to only cook the chops on one side. The pork chops are thin enough to cook through, and they’ll be nicely browned on the one side that’s always facing the grill.

Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated |

After 4 minutes, the chops are cooked through – even though they’ve never been flipped.

Recipe: Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated

Inspired by: “Doc” Willoughby and Chris Schlesinger: Grill It!


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Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated. My recipe for thin-cut pork chops, grilled quickly on only one side.


  • 3 pounds thin cut pork chops (1/4″ to 1/2″ thick, preferably rib chops)


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. 1. Brinerate the pork chops: Whisk the brinerade ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
  2. Put the pork chops in a large bowl or a baking dish, reserve 2 tablespoons of the brinerade for later, and pour the rest of the brinerade over the chops. Flip the pork chops a few times to evenly cover with the marinade, then let them rest while the grill preheats. (Or, put the chops in the refrigerator and brinerate for up to 4 hours, turning occasionally to coat with the brinerade.)
  3. 2. Set the grill for direct medium heat: Preheat the grill, then set it for grilling on direct medium heat. For my Weber Summit, I preheat with all burners on high for 10 minutes, brush the grill gratees clean, then turn the burners down to medium.
  4. 3. Cook the chops: Flip the chops one more time in the baking dish to coat with the brinerade, then put them on the grill over direct medium heat. (Keep the lid closed as much as possible while cooking.) Grill the chops until they have good grill marks on the bottom, about 2 minutes, then rotate them 90 degreees (don’t flip the chops – just rotate them) and grill until they have a good crosshatch of grill marks on the bottom, about 2 more minutes. At this point, the chops should be cooked through – they’ll have gone from pink to white on the side that’s been facing up the whole time. Remove them from the grill. (If you have thicker chops, and the top is not cooked through, flip them over and cook them for another minute.)
  5. 4. Glaze and serve: Remove the chops to a platter and pour the reserved brinerade over the chops. Let rest for five minutes, then serve.
  • Category: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1-2 pork chops
Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated |

Ready to serve


  • Asian style: the soy sauce is already giving them a little bit of an asian flavor; you can play this up by replacing the balsamic vinegar with seasoned asian rice vinegar, and the olive oil with peanut or sesame oil.
  • Barbecued pork chops: When done, brush the chops with barbecue sauce instead of the reserved brinerade.
  • Don’t forget to gnaw on the bones…it’s my favorite part!

What do you think?

Questions? Comments? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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My other Grilling Recipes

Inspired by:
“Doc” Willoughby and Chris Schlesinger: Grill It!

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Could I use this recipe on a pork loin? We made the chops last night and my family LOVED it so much. Pork loins were on sale this week so I wanted to try it? Thoughts?

  2. Kathleen says

    This is an excellent plan for grilling this thin cut of meat. And you are 100% right! Modern pork does mean it has almost no fat. I always prefer thin cut pork chops when I cook; the thick ones tend to come out tasting dry. I love the idea of not grilling on both sides. Never would’ve thought of that, so thank you Mike!

  3. Sean says

    Great quick recipe. I did it on my kettle grill (a Coleman, not a Weber, sorry) and it turned out fantastic.

    Thanks for all your tips, tricks and recipes. This is the only website I recommend to friends.

  4. Denise Clemons says

    Planning to try this tonight, but couldn’t fit the chops in my 2-cup pyrex measuring cup, perhaps you meant 2-quart?

  5. Billca says

    I’ll try your one-sided grilling technique tonight. The major difference is that I’ll be using a charcoal-fired Weber grill and marinading the boneless chops in an Italian salad dressing for about 90 minutes. This has worked well for thicker chops, not it’s time to try it on the thinner, boneless chops.

  6. Cassie says

    First off I am such an amateur griller its not even funny… I wanted to surprise the hubby with dinner and came across this recipe…. All I can say is my husband is more then happy to share the grill now! Thank you!!

  7. Came across this recipe searching on google. Last time I grilled thin chops they were over cooked. Tried this recipe tonight and the wife and I loved them! A little charred on the one side and plenty of juice inside. Great taste and so simple. Thank you. New subscriber.

  8. Woodsytattooman says

     Just wanted to say i made my own marinade from ketchup,honey,steak seasoning,oregano,garlic,A1,and apple cider vinegar and used your grilling method.I used pork loin that i sliced this and soaked in the marinade overnight.They turned out to be the best chops Ive ever grilled:))

  9. quick pork recipes fan says

    I think this can be done on a stove top grill as well for those that do not have access to an outdoor grill all year round.

  10. nice site. just found it while looking for a rotisserie pineapple site.

    great job, i think i’ll be vising your blog quite often for recipes

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