Trim a couple of 1 to 1 1/2 inch pork chops. Boneless or bone-in are both OK.
If you are leaving a layer of fat on the edge, score it every inch to prevent cupping. I trim it back if it over 1/2 inch.
Mix brine in 1-gallon zip lock: 2 cups cold water, 1 tablespoon table salt, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and one teaspoon garlic powder (optional). Mix well and submerge the pork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Salt Note: 1 teaspoon table salt = 1 1/4 teaspoons Morton kosher salt = 2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt.
When ready to cook, preheat grill to medium-high (450°-500° surface temperature). Rinse the pork under running water.
Pat dry, add pepper to taste. Do not add salt if you did the brine. If you skipped the brine, also add salt. This is time to add other seasonings like some garlic powder or paprika.
Grill on a well-oiled grill for about 4 minutes per side initially then flip occasionally, aiming for an internal temperature of 145°-150°. About 12-18 minutes total time depending on grill and thickness.
If you want BBQ, then add a light coat of sauce with about 5 minutes left and again for the last 2 minutes.
Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes or a little more before serving.
Buy the right meat. A "real" pork chop about 1 inch thick. Bone-in chops may take a few more minutes to cook.
Brine if you have time. But then rinse and do not add any more salt.
If the rim of fat is over 1/2 inch, trim it back some. Also, score the fat rim every 1 inch to prevent cupping.
Season with just pepper or add some paprika and garlic powder.
If I don’t brine, I always use seasoning salt and pepper.
Cook over a medium to medium-high grill with a surface-temperature of about 450°.
If you want BBQ sauce, do a very light brush at about 5 minutes left then a bit more the last 2 minutes.
Don't over cook. 145°-150° degree internal temperature is great. Plus a 5 minute rest before serving for safety and reabsorbing fluid.
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