From baking to grilling and more, using honey in the recipe adds flavor and locks in moisture. One of the most common ways to use honey is creating a glaze or sauce over meat. This honey pork chops recipe using crushed garlic for extra flavor. It is quick and easy to make without a lot of prep time. Better yet, it uses ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry.
Easy Grilled Pork Chops with Honey and Garlic
The simplicity of this recipe is a big part of the attraction. No marinating is necessary – what a relief. So many times, I need a quick meal and then see that I should have planned ahead. No worries, this sweet garlic glaze goes on during cooking.
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Grilled or Baked Pork Chops
I prefer making these on the grill due to the crispy caramelized coating that tastes so good. However, you may choose to pan fry in your favorite skillet or bake your pork chops instead.
No matter which cooking method your choose, cook until the meat is done. Be sure to use a meat thermometer to get the internal temperature to 145° F.
However, avoid overcooking or your honey pork chips will be tough. That is a big problem that I have – I always tend to overcook pork chops. If only I would always keep my thermometer close by.
In addition to a few pantry staples – you need:
- pork chops
Pork Chops: The recipe works well for bone in or boneless chops. My family prefers bone in so I am using pork loin center cuts. But, the end cuts of economy pork chops will taste delicious too.
When cooking this type of meat – always remember to rinse first. Rinse the chop and pat dry before cooking. Sometimes little slivers of bone can be on the surface. A good rinse removes that. If the chop has a lot of excess fat – it is fine to trim it off.
Honey: What is the best types to use for cooking? I’m not sure there is a best. It is made by honey bees and comes in many different varieties. The flavor and color of honey varies depending on the nectar source gathered by the bees.
Even in cooking, I prefer using raw honey. Yes, even though we are heating it – I enjoy the purity of using raw straight from the hive when possible. Wildflower, Orange Blossom, Tupelo and Clover are a few varieties of honey to consider.
Garlic: Adding a little crushed garlic our grilled pork chop recipe bumps up the flavor. If you are not a bit fan, you can omit the garlic. However, add a little bit – you might not even notice it but the overall flavor will be enhanced.
You may buy crushed garlic ready to use. I prefer to buy garlic cloves and crush only the amount needed for recipes.
1. It is always a good idea to rinse pork chops before cooking. Rinse under cool water and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub some oil on them and set aside.
2. Now, mix together the liquids and seasonings in a small bowl and stir until blended.
3. Place the chops on a preheated grill and baste with your mixture. Cook until they reach the proper internal temperature (145°F). Turn them several times during cooking and coat with your basting mixture on the up side of pork chop each time.
Once thoroughly cooked, remove the pork chops from the grill and let sit for a few minutes. This is a good time to clean the cooking debris left on the grill too. Try to avoid turning the meat too frequently (it is a bad habit of mine).
Match your yummy pork chop with a couple of sides or and dinner is served. We are a meat and potatoes family so a baked potato and broccoli with cheese was just what we needed. Mashed potatoes are another good side.
Don’t feel intimidated by pork. It’s the other white meat. Creating a honey glaze is a good companion for pork and it goes well on chicken too. In fact, this Honey Chicken Stir Fry is wonderful.
Reheating and Freezing:
Your pork chops can dry out quickly when reheating. Here is a way to keep some moisture inside. Place a couple tablespoons of honey/water in an oven safe pan. Add pork chops and cover with foil – heat in a 350 ° F over for 10 minutes.
Want to save some for an even faster dinner in the future? These honey garlic grilled pork chops freeze well. Just wrap each one individually in freezer wrap or foil.
This is a great recipe for those wanting to add more protein to your diet. Here are even more protein meal prep ideas. If you want to add a salad to the table, prepare this fresh fruit salad with honey mint syrup dressing.
While you have the grill fired up, you might consider some Honey Glazed Grilled Pineapple. They are really easy to make and actually taste well with pork.
And, if you have kids don’t hesitate to make some crispy Honey Baked Chicken Tenders. Keep a jar of honey in your pantry. Even if your family are not big fans – it can be used in so many ways.
Grilled Honey Pork Chops
- 3 pork chops 1.5 pounds Center Cut
- 1/8 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- salt and pepper to season
- Rinse porkchops under running water and pat dry. Rub a light coat of vegetable oil on each side and sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried parsley.
- In a small bowl mix ketchup, honey, soy sauce and crushed garlic. Use a whisk to gently mix the ingredients together well. Set aside.
- Preheat grill to medium heat with lightly oiled grate. Place pork chops on grill and brush honey garlic glaze on top side. Let sear for 1 minute or until meat releases easily from the grate.
- Flip over and sear the other side, brushing honey glaze on the top.
- Close grill cover. Cook pork chops for 5-6 minutes per side. Baste them with additional glaze throughout the cooking time.
- When they reach an internal temperature of 145° F on a meat thermometer, they are done. Remove from grill and let sit for a couple of minutes.
- Pork has a tendency to overcook and become dry. Use a meat thermometer to know when they are done.
- These are great reheated – just add a few tablespoons of honey/water to the pan and warm in the oven.
- To freeze for a quick meal later – wrap each chop individually and freeze until needed.