The BEST EVER Pork Chop Marinade
The Best Ever Pork Chop Marinade is the easiest and most delicious marinade that makes your pork chops extra tender and juicy. It helps to tenderize pork chops with a mouthwatering sweet and savory sauce. Only 15 minutes to make with restaurant quality!
This Pork Chop Marinade is so easy to make with ingredients that are already in your pantry. It’s basically a brine that’s much better than the traditional salt & water brine as it adds more flavor to your meat.
I’ve been using this Pork Chop Marinade recipe for baking, grilling or frying pork chops, both bone-in or boneless. This technique produces tender pork chops with the perfect combination of sweetness and savory flavor!
BEST MARINADE SAUCE FOR PORK CHOPS
This marinade uses minimal simple ingredients and will give you amazing flavor and perfectly cooked juicy pork chops!
- Soy Sauce: High-quality soy sauce is the secret sauce for Pork Chop Marinade. It makes your pork chops tender and juicy in addition to adding the extra flavor (use a low-sodium light soy sauce if you’d like to reduce the salt intake)
- Brown Sugar: Another secret ingredient that brings out the natural flavor of pork chops. I prefer using brown sugar, but you can substitute white sugar
- Ketchup: you can choose to use low-sodium ketchup to reduce salt intake
- Garlic: I love the garlicky flavor, and you can substitute with garlic powder
- Apple Cider Vinegar: you can substitute with white vinegar or rice vinegar
- Olive oil
I always use half to ¾ of the marinade and save some for basting during cooking.
HOW LONG DO YOU MARINATE PORK CHOPS?
When your marinade is ready, you can add your pork chops and massage to coat in the marinade. I usually use a large zip-lock plastic bag and place the marinade in the refrigerator. The marinating process serves two purposes: Tenderizing and adding extra flavor to your pork chops. I usually let these pork chops marinate for about 2 hours or leave them in the fridge overnight.
Minimum Marinating Times:
Thin Cut Pork Chops (less than ½ inch thick): 1 to 3 hours
Thick Cut Pork Chops (thicker than 1 inch): 2 to 6 hours
If you are short of time, even 30-60 minutes of marinating make a remarkable difference, so don’t skip this process.
HOW TO COOK MARINATED PORK CHOPS
Take your pork chops out of the fridge 15-20 minutes and let them come to room temperature before cooking. Drain pork and cook them until an instant-read thermometer reads read 145°F (63°C). There are a few ways to cook the thick cut marinated pork chops (about 1-inch thick):
Pan Fried Pork Chop Marinade: Heat your skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add your pork chops and fry for 5-7 minutes and then flip. Cook the other side for about 5 minutes until it’s cooked through. Let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
Grilled Pork Chop Marinade: Brush grill with oil and set on medium-high. Place your pork chops on the grill and grill for about 5 minutes each side until caramelized. You can baste with the leftover marinade for extra flavor for 1 minute before serving.
Baked Pork Chop Marinade: Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Place your marinated pork chops on a sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes.
Note: thinner cut pork chops will require less time.
SECRETS AND TIPS FOR THE BEST PORK CHOP MARINADE
- Always marinate your meat in the refrigerator. The easiest way is to use zip-top plastic bags, making sure to remove any air inside.
- Remember to take your marinated pork chops out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking, and let them come to room temperature.
- When your pork chops are cooking, try not to touch them except when you need to flip them.
The BEST EVER Pork Chop Marinade
Marinade Sauce for Pork Chops
- 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp ketchup
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 clove garlic minced
- 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 4 pork chops, boneless or bone-in
- 1 tbsp oil
- In a zip-top plastic bag, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, cider vinegar, garlic and oil.
- Save 1/4 -1/2 of the marinade in a separate bowl for basting during cooking.
- Place your pork chops in the bag and massage to coat in the marinade.
- Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or leave them in the fridge overnight.
- Remove the pork chops from the fridge and let them come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes before cooking.
- Place a skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil.
- Add your pork chops and fry for 5-7 minutes and then flip. Cook the other side for about 5 minutes until cooked through (see note).
- Let them rest for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy!
- Note cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the pork chops. They are done when the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).
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