Grilled Pork Chops with Basil-Garlic Rub

I usually don’t like pork chops but I’m always willing to try a new recipe. This was a very simple recipe that didn’t require much time to marinate (which is always good when you are short on time) and I actually really liked the flavour of the rub.

The Recipe:
4 bone-in pork loin chops, 3/4 inch thick
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. coarse salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1. With machine running, drop garlic through feed tube of food processor to mince. Stop, add fresh basil, and process until chopped.

2. Add lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper; process to make a thin wet rub.

3. Spread both sides of pork chops with basil mixture. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes.

4. Prepare grill to medium-hot. Brush grate clean and oil grate.

5. Grill chops, over direct heat, turning once. For medium-rare doneness, grill 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 145F.

6. Let rest 3 minutes.

Grilled pork chops with basil garlic rub

My Experience:

Sorry that the picture isn’t quite the best but we were very hungry when the food was done and couldn’t wait to eat. So I had to take a picture of the leftovers.

This is a very simple recipe but it does require a food processor. Not too sure how you would easily make the rub without it. I even got to use fresh basil from my garden so I was pretty excited.

I don’t think our grill was quite hot enough because we didn’t get very defined grill marks and we had to cook for a little longer than the recommended time in order to get up to the 145F internal temperature.

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