One of the benefits of living in Florida, I am blessed to be able to use my grill year-round. I love that I can make this herb rubbed bone-in pork chop recipe on any average weeknight when I want something tasty! It's easy to put together, fire up the grill and have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. The best part? My husband is the only one who touches the grill, so I just prepare the meat and he does the rest!
Herb Rubbed Bone-In Pork Chops
When it comes to following weight watchers plans, you may be tempted to only eat chicken or fish. Especially with myww purple plans or myww blue plans. However, a lean cut of pork can still be low in points to make a satisfying meal! If you want to add in the flavor bomb, use a good seasoning. The char from the grill with a blend of salt and fresh herbs is the healthy bite you'll crave.
Portion Your Own Meat To Save Money!
Typically, I purchase whole center-cut pork loins when they are on sale for under $2 per pound. It's even better when they are buy one get one free. It saves so much money when you cut and portion your meat in your own kitchen! If you've never done it yourself, check out the guide in the photo below. You'll want to pin it to your Pinterest for reference! Start with your center-cut pork loin, cut off the end pieces for chunks for carnitas or whatever you choose to use them for. Then on each new end, will be the roast portion. Finally, you'll have about 4 pork chops in the middle! With roasts averaging $3-$4 per pound and chops between $4-5 per pound, this can mean a nice chunk of change saved on groceries!
What other recipes can I make with pork?
If you do purchase your meat in bulk, you can make one pork loin into several different recipes.
- Maple-Balsamic Pork Chops
- Garlic Butter Pork Chops
- Cream Cheese Smothered Pork Chops
- Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin
- Garlic & Herb Roaster Pork Tenderloin
If none of those recipes sound good, you can always use Smiley's Famous Zero Point BBQ Sauce. It adds a nice kick to any recipe, including baked pork chops!
How do I grill bone-in pork chops?
Pork chops require a little more effort than grilling steak or burgers. When cooking beef, the outside can have a nice charred crust and still be slightly rare in the middle. Pork, on the other hand, needs to be cooked more evenly to ensure it is the proper temperature throughout. Stick to a medium setting on your grill to maintain a lower temperature. This allows the pork to cook completely and evenly.
How To Make A Compound Butter
When you want to make compound butter, it sounds more complicated than it really is. When you incorporate compound butter into your recipes, however, it can take the flavor to a whole new level. The process is actually really simple. Start by using a softened stick of butter. Next, mash it together with the herbs and spices you want to incorporate. Then, scrape all that goodness onto a piece of parchment paper and roll it into a log shape. Seal it and put it in the fridge to firm back up again. Next, simply slice off little pats of herbaceous butter to put on meats, vegetables, fish, or even on warm bread. In addition, You can also slice off a piece to add to a pan before cooking to infuse the flavors.
What side dishes go well with pork?
If you're going to be grilling anyway, you might as well grill up some vegetables to go with it! Simply slice up vegetables, spray with cooking spray and season the same way as the protein choice. This makes a delicious side dish for your meal. I love using an all in one slicer to easily prep my veggies.
My personal recommendation is to get one like this one on Amazon by Fullstar. It has 7 different blades to allow you to slice, dice, chop, grate, spiralize, julienne or ribbon cut your veggies! I prefer to slice my squash, dice my bell peppers and fine chop my onions. With this handy tool, there's even a storage container underneath to minimize the mess. For example, I use the container to season and prepare before throwing the veggies into a grill basket alongside the meat.
However, keep in mind when assembling the ingredients for the herb rub that it is more of a template than a hard-and-fast rule. We aren’t going for dainty precision with this technique, just a uniform infusion of robust herbal flavors.
Recipe For Herb Rubbed Bone-In Pork Chops
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Consult your app to ensure accuracy for yourself.*
- Combine kosher salt, black pepper, basil, rosemary, thyme, and garlic thoroughly in a small bowl.
- Rub mixture over all sides of pork chops until thoroughly covered.
- Preheat grill to a medium before adding pork chops over direct heat. Cook for 7-8 minutes, turning once, but otherwise, keep the lid closed as much as possible. If your chops are thinner or thicker than 1”, adjust cook time accordingly.
- Remove chops from heat, cover, and let rest for 3 - 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve with a grilled summer vegetable medley and sprinkle with Hawaiian black salt on top of each pork chop.
- You could also top with a pat of compound butter seasoned with the same herbs used in the rub.
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