The fragrant marinade for these pork chops both infuses the meat with tons of flavor and ensures that the rib-cut chops, which already have slightly more fat than a center-cut chop, remain tender and moist on the grill. The sugar in the marinade helps to create a beautiful dark golden brown crust with areas of light charring. Once the chops are on the grill, refrain from moving them around too often in order to allow grill marks to form. If you'd like, grill some asparagus and sliced sweet potatoes as well to round out your meal.

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Credit: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

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active:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Whisk together brown sugar, rosemary, oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, thyme, mustard, crushed red pepper, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper in a medium bowl until well combined. Transfer mixture to a large baking dish or a large ziplock plastic bag; add pork chops (and seal bag, if using), and gently massage to completely coat pork. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap (or lay sealed bag flat on a baking sheet), and let pork chops marinate at room temperature 1 hour, flipping pork halfway through marinating time.

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  • Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Remove pork from marinade, and gently brush off large solids; discard marinade and solids. Pat pork dry using paper towels; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

  • Place pork on oiled grates; grill, uncovered, until chops are deeply caramelized and lightly charred and a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of meat registers 135°F, 4 to 5 minutes per side. (Alternatively, heat a lightly-oiled grill pan over medium-high. Place pork on pan; cook until chops are deeply caramelized and lightly charred and a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of meat registers 135°F, 4 to 5 minutes per side.) Transfer pork to a large platter; let rest 5 minutes. Serve.

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