These are the BEST pork chops ever. I have even braved below zero weather this winter to have these grilled pork chops- Yes, they are that good. My family actually calls them “fake steak” because they almost taste like a really good steak. They are tender, juicy and so flavorful. The lemon chive butter just sends them over the top. The great part about them is they are loved by my entire family and trust me it is not easy to find something that all four children love!
I only changed a few things in this recipe. I changed the amount of the pork chops from 6 to 4 but I kept the seasoning the same because I thought it worked better. I also increased the total amount of butter by a couple of Tablespoons because I do love butter and that lemon chive butter is so worth having more of! Just adjust the salt to your preference and, if you need, this recipe can easily be doubled or halved. And, yes, once I ran out of propane and cooked these indoors on a grill pan- they were still great just missing the extra flavor the grill gives. These also reheat pretty well if you are lucky enough to have leftovers!
- 4 bone in pork rib or center cut chops (not super thick- around 1/2 inch each)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp of butter, softened
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 and 1/2 tsp of minced fresh chives
- 3/4 tsp of Dijon mustard
- 3/4 tsp of grated lemon zest
- dash of salt
- Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel and cut 2 slits ( 2 inches apart) through the fat on the edge of each pork chop (this prevents it from curling up when cooking)
- Rub salt on both sides of each pork chop. Place on a baking sheet (on a wire rack in a baking sheet if you have one- if not it's ok) and place in the freezer, until firm, at least 30 minutes.
- While in freezer- combine 3 Tablespoons of the butter, the sugar and the pepper in a small bowl; set aside.
- In a separate bowl combine the other 3 Tablespoons of butter, chives, mustard, lemon zest and a dash of salt; place in the refrigerator.
- Turn all burners to high and preheat the grill for at least 15 minutes with lid closed. Clean and oil cooking grate.
- Remove pork chops from the freezer and spread the butter/sugar/pepper mixture on both sides of each chop- You really want the butter really, really soft for this so it dosen't clump on the cold chops- if you need to microwave it for a few seconds go ahead, but don't let it melt.
- Place the pork chops on the grill (leave grill on high) and cover the grill. Cook 3 to 4 minutes each side until pork chops are browned and cooked through- they should read 145° on an instant read thermometer.
- Remove pork chops from the grill and cover with foil, letting rest a few minutes (if you want you can put the chive lemon butter on while chops are resting but I wait until serving them).
- Serve while still warm with the chive, lemon butter.