Moist, tender, succulent…done right, there are few things tastier than thick and juicy, hot-off-the-grill paleo pork chops drizzled with an awesome sauce.
This recipe was inspired by this previously published recipe Grilled Pork Loin Chops and adapted especially for my paleo peeps.
Get Thick-cut Boneless Chops
For the best results from this easy paleo recipe, you’ll want to ask your butcher for at least 1″ up to 1 1/2″ center-cut boneless loin chops. That’s a big pork chop – the picture above is actually of just one pork chop!
A handy online source for excellent pork cuts (as well as beef) I always recommend is the 5280 Land & Cattle Company. Better known as 5280 Meat, Ty and Rachel operate a family ranch in Northwest Colorado raising clean animals humanely treated without any feedlots or cages. Very reasonable prices too!
Make The Marinade/Sauce
Once you’ve got your pork chops, it’s simply a matter of making this special marinade (you’ll set aside half of it to heat up as the finishing sauce) and let the chops soak up all that goodness in the fridge for a few hours.
The tangy and slightly sweet marinade/sauce is really easy to make using common ingredients found in most paleo kitchens. The one item that’s needed for this recipe you might not have is a good paleo Worcestershire sauce. Fortunately, the folks over at Paleo Leap have a pretty good recipe for a healthier, paleo version of it that should take you less than 10 minutes to whip up…here’s the link: Paleo Worcestershire Sauce. (Scroll to near the bottom of the page.)
Grilled To Perfection
Grilling these beauties up is pretty simple. Just be sure to shake off or blot up any excess marinade before these go on the grill or they will stick. And remember to give your hot grate several passes with an oil-soaked paper towel or cloth (I use coconut oil) until your grate is smooth and slick.
If you’re using a gas grill, I’d recommend preheating your grill to around 450ºF, then turning off all burners except the front one. Place your chops directly over the front burner and cook 3-4 minutes on each side, then move your chops to the back of the grill and let them cook away from the flames for another 7-9 minutes.
Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of the thickest portion reads 140ºF or a little higher. Then you can safely remove your pork chops and let them rest tented with aluminum foil for about 5 minutes while you heat up the finishing sauce.
How About A Side of Mashed Potatoes?
By the way, my side of mashed potatoes in the photo is super-easy to make too. I simply chopped up a pre-cooked white sweet potato, added a little ghee and almond milk, and put it in my Blendtec blender (affiliate link) for a few pulses. Add salt, pepper, and sprinkle with parsley if you like.
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Tbsp raw honey
- 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
- 3 Tbsp of Paleo Worcestershire Sauce or similar recipe
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 thick-cut boneless pork loin chops (about 6-8 ounces each)
- If you don't have a paleo Worcestershire sauce, make it first.
- Now for the pork chops' marinade/sauce: Mix the garlic, honey, coconut aminos, paleo worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, ginger, onion powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.
- Pour half the mixture into a large sealable plastic bag and add the pork chops. Squeeze air out and seal the bag. Refrigerate about 2 hours, turning occasionally. Refrigerate the other half of the marinade in a covered bowl – you'll need it later for the sauce.
- Preheat your grill for medium heat and oil the hot grate well to prevent sticking.
- Remove the marinated pork chops from bag and shake off excess liquid. Discard used marinade. Grill chops until browned – approximately 3-4 minutes per side over direct heat, and 7-9 minutes total over indirect heat. Meat inside should no longer be pink. Check doneness with an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chops. Internal temperature should be at least 140º F. Remove from grill and allow to rest tented under aluminum foil for about 5 minutes.
- Pour remaining reserved marinade into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to simmer. Whisk until sauce begins to thicken – about 3 minutes. (It doesn't make a lot – just enough for a couple of spoonfuls over the pork chops)
- Pour hot sauce over pork chops and serve.
It’s a little too cold to grill and I was planning on making these tonight. (I made the marinade last night and it smelled delicious). Do you think they would be okay baked? If so, do you have a temperature and duration you would suggest? Thanks!
How did they turn out Jessica? Baking pork chops is always tricky as it depends on the size and thickness. Did you bake them?
I made this recipe last night for me and my boyfriend! It was the bomb! thank you so much for continuing to provide us with such awesome easy recipes!
Yay! So glad you both enjoyed Courtney! :)
Hey thank you for the post-Trina, this paleo pork recipe will relaly make my families mouth water! Have you ever considering adding lime to the finished product to add a little bit of bitterness? Also, what would you consider the most important side dish to go along with this? Again, thank you for the post it is great to get an easy and tasty recipe when you are in need of one.
I have not used lime, but I love citrus with most anything. :) You can decide whatever you like to go with this dish. Mashed potato, veggies or cauliflower rice are all great options.