I also like spices and I think pork is the perfect canvas for a peppery spice rub. The rub coupled with the charcoal grill action made for a super easy and delicious chop.
I have to admit I was never a very big fan of pork chops. I always thought of them as dry and blah. Well, as I have learned over the years, the key is not overcooking them because even the best quality meat can become a disaster.
Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops
- 4, 1 to 1.5-inch thick pork chops
- Olive oil
- Spice Rub:
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Combine all the rub ingredients in a small bowl.
- Coat the chops with the spice mixture. Literally rub it in, especially on the fat.
- Get the grill going.
- Let the grill heat up about medium heat (where you can hold your hand over the heat for 4 to 5 seconds).
- Lightly drizzle the chops with a touch of olive oil.
- Place the chops on the grill.
- Cook the chops for about 8 minutes, then flip them over and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. The chops are ready when there is a still a hint of pink at the center.
- Take them off the grill and serve.
- I served the chops with a cabbage and carrot slaw. The fresh crunch was a nice compliment to the spicy chops.
- In the summer, grilled fruit like sweet, fresh peaches would make a fantastic topper for the chops.
Thanks for sharing that recipe. It definitely looks good and delicious.