Mouth-Watering Grilled Pork Chops Recipe for Dinner

Welcome, my culinary enthusiast friends! In this recipe article, I am excited to share with you one of my favorite recipes that people die for. Here, I’m sharing with all of you the step-by-step process of creating a delicious and juicy grilled pork chop dish, known as chuletas de cerdo asado a la parrilla.

This is a classic dish that is loved by many because of its robust flavors and easy preparation. The combination of adobo seasoning, garlic cloves, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice will create such an unforgettable taste that it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with it.

Are you in the mood for some amazing pork chops? Stick around and let me guide you through this recipe where I’ll explain everything from selecting the perfect cut to creating an authentic parrilla experience right at your own backyard. Trust me; you don’t want to miss it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grilled Pork Chops (Chuletas Asado a La Parrilla)
Grilled Pork Chops (Chuletas Asado a La Parrilla)

Are you a fan of grilled meats and looking for a new recipe to add some excitement to your next meal? Look no further than these delicious Grilled Pork Chops (Chuletas Asado a La Parrilla).

What’s not to love about tender and juicy pork chops, perfectly seasoned with adobo seasoning, garlic cloves, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice? This recipe is packed with mouth-watering flavors that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Not to mention, grilling the chops on la parrilla creates a smoky and charred flavor that you won’t be able to resist. The process is simple and efficient, taking only 8 minutes to sear each side.

These chops are great for any occasion, from family dinners to summertime backyard barbecues. Plus, this recipe can easily be adjusted for smaller or larger groups – simply adjust the ingredient measurements accordingly.

So why not give this recipe a try? Trust me, once you’ve tasted these Grilled Pork Chops (Chuletas Asado a La Parrilla), it’ll become a go-to for any grill master or amateur cook alike.

Ingredient List

 Juicy grilled pork chops with a caramelized crust.
Juicy grilled pork chops with a caramelized crust.

Below is a list of ingredients you will need to make these mouthwatering Grilled Pork Chops.

Main Ingredients:

  • 4 pork chops (thick cut)
  • 2 tablespoons of Adobo seasoning
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Juice freshly squeezed from 1/2 orange or lemon


  • 2 teaspoons Adobo seasoning
  • Juice freshly squeezed from 1 lemon or orange
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Before getting started, make sure you have all the ingredients on the list. If you’re missing something, head to your local grocery store and pick it up before diving into this delicious recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 The most succulent chuletas I've ever tasted!
The most succulent chuletas I’ve ever tasted!

Once you have gathered all the ingredients required, it’s time to start cooking some scrumptious grilled pork chops.

Step 1: Prepare the Marinade

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together garlic cloves, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and adobo seasoning. Continue whisking while slowly streaming in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until emulsified. Put the mixture in a large resalable bag and add four thick-cut boneless pork chops, making sure to coat each piece evenly. Let marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours.

Step 2: Grill the Pork Chops

Preheat a grill or la parrilla to medium-high heat (around 400°F). Remove the pork chops from the marinade and shake off any excess liquid. Discard used marinade. Place pork chops on the grill and cook for about 8 minutes, searing both sides until they are nicely browned with caramelized grill marks.

Step 3: Keep Pork Chops Moist

To keep your chops from drying out on the grill, avoid flipping them too often or pushing down on them with a spatula. Instead, let them sit undisturbed on each side for about four minutes apiece.

Step 4: Make It Juicier with Orange Juice

While your pork chops are grilling, you can prepare an optional glaze by combining equal parts of fresh-squeezed orange juice and lemon juice, one tablespoon of olive oil, and two teaspoons of adobo seasoning. Brush this mixture onto your pork chops as they cook.

Step 5: Check Cooking Temperature

Check the internal temperature of each chop with a meat thermometer, aiming for an internal temp of about 145°F (63°C). If you’re using thicker cuts of pork, you may have to adjust your cooking time slightly.

Once your chops are cooked to perfection, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Now we hope you enjoy your delicious pork chops chuletas asado la parrilla recipe. Bon appétit!

Substitutions and Variations

 Add some color to your plate with these vibrant chops.
Add some color to your plate with these vibrant chops.

When it comes to grilling pork chops, there are so many ways to switch up the flavors and make it your own. Here are a few ideas to try out:

– Adobo seasoning: If you don’t have adobo seasoning on hand, you can try substituting with other spice blends like fajita seasoning or a mix of cumin, paprika, and garlic powder.

– Pork chops: While this recipe calls for boneless pork chops, you could also use bone-in or even switch things up and go for lamb chops instead.

– Marinade: Experiment with different marinades to give your pork chops a unique flavor. Try using orange juice or lime juice in place of lemon juice or add a dash of beer to the mix.

– Grilling method: If you don’t have access to a parrilla grill, you can still make delicious grilled pork chops on a standard grill. Just be sure to keep an eye on the cooking time as they typically take about 8 minutes per side when searing over high heat.

– Serving suggestions: While this dish is delicious on its own, you can pair it with a variety of sides to round out the meal. Consider serving with grilled veggies, a fresh green salad, or even some corn on the cob.

Remember that cooking is all about experimenting and finding what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques or flavor combinations when making these chuletas asado a la parrilla!

Serving and Pairing

 A mouthwatering combo of charred and tender meat.
A mouthwatering combo of charred and tender meat.

When it comes to serving grilled pork chops, there are a few tips and tricks that can elevate the dish from good to great. First and foremost, you’ll want to let the pork chops rest for a few minutes before slicing into them. This helps the juices redistribute throughout the meat and makes for a more tender and flavorful bite.

As for accompaniments, grilled pork chops pair well with a variety of sides. For a classic American barbecue vibe, try serving your chops with baked beans, coleslaw, or corn on the cob. If you’re looking for something lighter, a simple green salad or grilled vegetables would be perfect.

In terms of beverages, beer is always a hit with grilled meats. A light lager or pilsner would complement the smoky flavor of the pork chops nicely. If you prefer wine, opt for something on the fruitier side, like a pinot noir or zinfandel.

For a Brazilian twist on this recipe, consider serving your chuletas asado la parrilla with traditional sides like black beans and rice or farofa (toasted manioc flour). And if you’re feeling adventurous, pair your pork chops with caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça (a sugarcane spirit), lime juice, and sugar.

No matter how you choose to serve your grilled pork chops, one thing’s for sure – they’re sure to be a hit at any summertime cookout or dinner party.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfectly grilled chops that will make your guests ask for seconds.
Perfectly grilled chops that will make your guests ask for seconds.

If you’re preparing this grilled pork chops recipe ahead of time, don’t worry. These chuletas de cerdo (pork chops) can be made a day before and still taste great as leftovers. Just store them properly to prevent drying out.

To make ahead, grill the pork chops as directed and let them cool to room temperature. Once cooled, wrap each chop with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in an airtight container or a zip-top bag before storing them in the fridge. They can be stored for up to four days in the refrigerator.

When reheating grilled pork chops, you can use either the oven or the stovetop. To reheat using the oven, place the wrapped pork chops on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F until they are heated through. For stovetop reheating, unwrap the chop and place it in a pan with a bit of oil or butter, heat on medium heat until fully warmed.

However, when reheating grilled meat like pork chops, they can get tough and dry quickly. To prevent this issue, try marinating the pork chops again before reheating to keep them flavorful and juicy.

In conclusion, make-ahead meals are great for those busy weeknights or for entertaining guests with little cooking time. This recipe is ideal for meal prep because it’s easy to adjust servings sizes as needed- just double or triple accordingly. The left-over grilled pork chops are perfect for lunch or dinner on days when you don’t have much time to cook.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Finally, a recipe that brings out the smoky flavor of the Chuletas.
Finally, a recipe that brings out the smoky flavor of the Chuletas.

To ensure your grilled pork chops turn out perfectly every time, here are some tips and tricks:

1. Marinate the Pork Chops for Several Hours

Make sure to marinate the pork chops for at least four hours before grilling them. This not only enhances the flavor of the meat but also helps keep it juicy while cooking. My personal favorite marinade includes garlic cloves, apple cider vinegar, adobo seasoning, lemon juice, and orange juice.

2. Let the Pork Chops Reach Room Temperature Before Grilling

Take the pork chops out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before grilling to allow them to come to room temperature. This ensures they cook evenly on the grill.

3. Preheat Your Grill to a High Temperature

Preheat your grill to high heat to sear the outside of your pork chops and give them a good color.

4. Oil Your Grill Grates

To prevent sticking and make it easier to flip your pork chops on the grill, oil your grill grates with a brush or a lightly oiled paper towel.

5. Don’t Overcook or Undercook Your Pork Chops

Grill your thick-cut pork chops for about 4-5 minutes per side or until they reach an internal temperature of around 145°F. Overcooking can dry them out, while undercooking can lead to food poisoning.

6. Let It Rest

Letting your grilled pork chops rest for a couple of minutes before serving allows their juices to redistribute throughout the meat evenly.

7. Pair with Santa Maria Beer

For a perfect pairing with your grilled pork chops, try serving them with Santa Maria beer—the crisp taste pairs incredibly well with any grilled meats!

Follow these tips and you’ll impress your guests with perfectly grilled smoky boneless pork chops each time!


As Chef James always says, there are no stupid questions when it comes to cooking. In this section, I will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about this recipe for grilled pork chops. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, these FAQs will help you get the most out of this delicious dish. So let’s dive in and learn some helpful tips and tricks!

How to cook pork chops on the grill without drying them out?

When grilling pork chops, preventing them from drying out is key. This can be achieved by cooking them over direct medium-high heat so that they sear on the outside while maintaining their juiciness on the inside. Quick cooking is essential to ensuring the desired result.

Do you season pork chops before or after grilling?

To elevate the taste of the chops and make them more succulent, it is recommended to season them prior to cooking. Brining is also an effective method to achieve perfect texture and moistness of the meat.

Should I soak pork chops before grilling?

Grilling pork chops can be daunting, as they tend to become dry and lack flavor. However, applying a brine before grilling can make all the difference, resulting in moist and flavorful pork chops.

What is the best grilling time for pork chops?

When it comes to grilling pork chops, the cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the meat. For thin pork chops, you’ll want to sear them for about 4 minutes on each side, which typically takes a total of 8 minutes. However, if you have thicker pork chops, the cooking process will be a bit longer. In this case, you’ll need to sear the chops over direct heat for 8 minutes and then finish them over indirect heat for an additional 12 minutes. Altogether, the cooking time for thick pork chops will be approximately 20 minutes.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for Grilled Pork Chops (Chuletas Asado a La Parrilla) is a must-try for anyone who loves juicy and tender pork chops. With its flavorful marinade, easy-to-follow instructions, and flexible substitution options, you can customize it to your taste and preference. I hope that this article has convinced you to give this recipe a try and enjoy the mouthwatering flavors of Brazilian cuisine.

Whether you’re grilling for a BBQ party, family dinner, or just treating yourself to some delicious meat, these grilled pork chops will not disappoint. So fire up your parrilla grill, get your chuletas de cerdo ready, and follow Chef James’ expertly crafted recipe. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

If you’re looking to expand your cooking repertoire beyond just pork chops, don’t worry – the marinade in this recipe works wonderfully with other meats like chicken breast or even grilled lamb chops. So experiment with different proteins and find your new favorite dish.

Finally, I’d like to leave you with one last tip: be patient. Grilling can take some time and requires attention to detail, but the end result is worth it. So take your time marinating the meat, follow the cooking instructions closely, and remember that practice makes perfect.

Happy grilling!

Grilled Pork Chops (Chuletas Asado a La Parrilla)

Grilled Pork Chops (Chuletas Asado a La Parrilla) Recipe

Delightful citrus and spicy grilled chops. From a Latin American web site; posted for ZWT3. Note: Prep time does not include marinate time.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 342.1 kcal


  • 4 pork chops (thick cut)
  • 2 tablespoons adobo seasoning
  • orange juice (freshly squeezed from three oranges)
  • lemon juice (freshly squeezed from one lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves (smashed)


  • Rub both sides of chops with adobo.
  • Place chops in a deep baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix together orange juice, lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic.
  • Pour marinade over chops and turn to coat both sides of chops.
  • Let chops marinate in refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
  • Preheat your grill and grill pork chops over a low to medium low flame. Cook each side for about 10-15 minutes per side.
  • The pork chops are done when meat is white and has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 220gCalories: 342.1kcalCarbohydrates: 0.6gProtein: 41.3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 137.3mgSodium: 110.1mg
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beginner Cook, Easy, Meat, Pork, South American, Spicy, Summer
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.