These BBQ pork chops are bone-in pork chops brined in garlic and spices, then grilled to perfection and basted with barbecue sauce. An easy dinner option that’s perfect for summer entertaining.

When I have friends over during the summer, I always serve these barbecued pork chops. They’re a little more unique than your standard BBQ chicken and are packed with tons of flavor. Add a side of dill potato salad and dinner is served!

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BBQ pork chops are bone in pork chops that have been grilled and topped with barbecue sauce.

Summer holds so many of my favorite activities and barbecuing is at the top of my list. These BBQ pork chops quickly made it onto our rotating dinner schedule because they’re too delicious to forget about. They take a bit of prep but are worth every minute of it.


These barbecue pork chops are brined in garlic and spices for just the right amount of time then grilled to perfection. During the grilling process, the chops are basted with barbecue sauce to add the perfect amount of flavor. Once the pork chops are removed from the grill, allow them to sit for 5-10 minutes so they continue to soak up all those delicious flavors before serving.

I use store bought barbecue sauce for this recipe because it’s just so convenient. You can use whatever brand you prefer for these BBQ pork chops.

Pork chops in a brine solution.

I suggest using bone-in pork chops as they have a lot more flavor and are less likely to dry out during the cooking process. You can either prepare these barbecue pork chops on an indoor grill pan or on an outside grill, they turn out great either way. Your cook time may vary depending on the thickness of your pork chops. I typically buy pork chops that are about one inch thick.

Grilled pork chops on a grill pan.

It’s important the kosher salt is used for this recipe and not regular table salt. Kosher salt measures differently than table salt and you can easily end up over-salting your BBQ pork chops if you go with table salt. Kosher salt should be easy to find at most markets.

Grilled pork chops brushed with BBQ sauce.


Brining is very similar to marinating. However, instead of  creating a sauce type marinade, brining utilizes salt water, often times with other added spices, in order to add a nice flavor to otherwise, bland meat. Brining is commonly used with many types of meat including chicken and pork.


Brining is a great way to add flavor to meat. Not only that, but it adds tenderness to the meat which is great for meats that can dry out quickly when being cooked. Brining also reduces cooking time which is a nicely added bonus. This brine contains a bit of sugar which means you’ll get a nice golden brown crust on your chops when you go to grill them.

For this barbecue pork chops recipe, it’s important that you don’t brine them for longer than 24 hours. If you do, they could be overly salty. With any recipe where you utilize brining, it’s a good idea to check suggest brining times in order to get the meat just right.

Grilled BBQ pork chops served over rice pilaf with a side of asparagus.

The only thing that can make these BBQ pork chops any better is the perfect side dish. Rice, vegetables, grilled vegetables, or a nice salad would really add the finishing touches to this delicious summer dinner. I personally love rice and veggies the most as does the rest of the family.


5 from 16 votes

BBQ Pork Chops

AuthorSara Welch
BBQ pork chops are bone in pork chops that have been grilled and topped with barbecue sauce.
These BBQ pork chops are bone-in pork chops brined in garlic and spices, then grilled to perfection and basted with barbecue sauce. An easy dinner option that's perfect for summer entertaining.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Brining Time6 hours
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4


  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 8 cups water divided use
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds lightly crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce


  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a large bowl that will fit all of the pork chops. Make sure the bowl will fit into your refrigerator.
  • Add the salt and sugar to the water and stir until dissolved.
  • Add the allspice, fennel seeds, peppercorns, bay leaf, garlic and thyme to the bowl.
  • Add 7 cups of very cold water to the bowl and stir to combine.
  • Place the pork chops in the bowl, making sure that they're completely submerged. You can add more water if needed.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  • Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat.
  • Place the chops on the grill and cook for 6-8 minutes per side, or until desired level of doneness.
  • Brush the barbecue sauce all over the pork chops. Cook for 1 minute more on each side. 
  • Remove the pork chops from the grill. Let the chops rest, covered, for 5-10 minutes, then serve.


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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    1. I like to serve them with mashed potatoes or rice pilaf and a side of veggies such as sauteed corn or grilled zucchini.

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this brine! Quarantine has me experimenting with different cooking techniques to keep busy. I didn’t have any fennel seed so used cumin seed instead and swapped out 1/2 cup of water and replaced it with Canadian Whisky. So good!

  2. 5 stars
    Best pork chop we have ever had. The brine is the secret. My wife was absolutely blown away !!
    Thank you this is the only way to make pork chops from now on !!

  3. 5 stars
    I have tried these with and without the brining! They are the best wen you brine them! Turns out its really minimal extra time needed and s worth it! Now I’ve used the brine recipe also on chicken.

  4. 5 stars
    These BBQ pork chops look Divine. I really wish I could just out and grab them. I hope I can try this out sometime.

  5. 5 stars
    I always love a good pork chop but I haven’t made them too many times myself. I will have to try out this recipe though. It really does look amazing. Yummy!

  6. Yum! Look at the caramelization on those chops. The flavors sound amazing.

  7. 5 stars
    They look absolutely delicious. The recipe looks easy to make . Hope someone will make such delicious dishes for me someday 🙂 Anyways good work 🙂

  8. This looks like a delicious and amazing recipe! I bet my family would eat this up in a heartbeat!

  9. The last time I made bbq chops my youngest didn’t like them. It’s been a few years though, and his taste is changing, maybe it will be a hit now. I’mma’ try. 🙂

  10. We are having this crazy heat wave so we have been avoiding turning on the oven at all costs. These BBQ Pork Chops sound awesome. Got to heat up the grill and make these tonight!

  11. 5 stars
    We make at least 2 pork dishes per week – its so yummy and better for you than beef – this looks like a perfect every day kind of meal for my family

  12. 5 stars
    Now, I’m hungry and I know I have to make this. I’ll buy the ingredients tomorrow! 🙂

  13. Those look fabulous! I don’t eat that much pork (only bacon) but this recipes looks amazing! Yum!

  14. 5 stars
    OK now these sound absolutely delicious! I have to admit I do love a good pork chop and BBQ works with them so well.