This post is sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. All text and opinions are my own.
The highlight of my summer always includes a delicious Pork Chop on a stick from our local Pork Producer’s booth at the fair. There’s just something about biting into the tender, juicy pork chop with just the right amount of seasoning!
Now, you can make delicious, seasoned pork chops at home hot off your grill with this easy Pork Chop seasoning!
It’s a simple blend of spices that combine to make a mouthwatering seasoning to give your pork chop an extra layer of flavor. Best part is that I bet you have all the spices in your pantry.
I love making a large batch up and storing it an airtight container in a dry place so I have it on hand whenever I need a quick and easy dinner. Just grab it, season my pork chops, grill them up and we have a delicious meal! I pair it with our favorite grilled sweet potatoes and asparagus.
A simple meal full of flavor and packed with protein just what I can get behind for dinner!
You know what else I get behind in life? Supporting my favorite farmers! Especially my friends down in Iowa that produce amazing pork so we can enjoy grilled pork chops whenever we have a craving.
Most of you know by now, I grew up on a farm and it’s still near and dear to my heart. My family still owns and operates our family farm. It may have transitioned from raising livestock to a grain farm now, but I still love to support my favorite livestock farmers. Now, we just grow feed, like soybeans and corn, for the livestock instead of raising it!
When you are raised on a farm the lifestyle becomes so ingrained in you that you really don’t know any different way. I remember sitting around the supper table every night because Mom always served it at 6:30 pm sharp, discussing the grain markets, the weather, what tractor Dad needed to replace, if the irrigator broke down (or if I had to go babysit it!) and much, much more.
To this day, if I talk to my Dad I’m quickly caught up on all of it again. He’s taught me an amazing work ethic by being truly committed to the farm, through all the ups and downs and trials. There is no can’t, but instead how can we make this work? Watching that has taught me so much!
Farming is not a job, it’s a way of life. There’s no clocking in and out. You don’t leave the job on the front door step when you come home. It’s something you live, breathe and, well, eat I guess too!
Plain and simple, it’s a passion. That’s why I want to share with you a little about the Iowa Pork Producers today!
Did you know that one-third of the pork raised in the U.S. comes from Iowa? Pretty awesome, huh? Plus, most of the pork raised on those farms in Iowa is consumed right here in the United States.
That means, every time you pick up pork from your local grocery store you are supporting family farms in Iowa and across the United States.
Pretty easy, huh? Eat Pork –> Support Family Farms.
Family farms are the key to pork production across Iowa, so go grab some pork chops from your local grocery store and whip this simple pork chop seasoning and grill up some pork chops tonight!
Ingredients for Pork Chop Seasoning!
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Kosher Salt
- Ground Black Pepper
- Smoked Paprika
Grab a bowl and mix up your seasoning. That’s all you have to do to make it!
If you have leftovers store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. It will keep for 2-3 months.
How to Grill Pork Chops
- We recommend applying the seasoning to your pork chop and letting rest about 10 minutes before you are ready to cook them. Liberally rub your pork chop with it and then let it sit.
- Preheat your grill to medium heat. We like it about 350 degrees F. The main thing is you don’t want a high temperature because cooking them at a high temperature dries out the pork.
- Place the chops on the grill grate over direct heat and let cook for about 6 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pork chops, flip and grill for an additional 6 minutes.
- Remove from the grill when pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degree F.
- Cover with foil and let rest 3-5 minutes before enjoying. This will let the fibers of the meat relax and give you the ultimate juicy pork chop.
Internal Temperature of Pork
One of the biggest complaints we hear is that their pork is dry and chewy.
To check doneness properly, use a digital cooking thermometer to measure the temperature at the thickest part of the cut without touching any bone.
For tender and delicious pork chops prepare them to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
It is ok if there is a blush pink in the center!
The National Pork Board suggests the range of 145 degrees F to 160 degrees F optimal flavor. We find that the best flavor is at 145 degrees F.
Boneless or Bone-In Pork Chops?
This is really a personal preference.
We like boneless because of the convenience with kids.
A bone-in chop can have a more attractive appearance and is often said to have the most flavor. This is because there is fat around the bone and the bone does a lot to keep the meat from drying out as it’s cooked.
The main thing to notice is how thick your pork chop is cut. This can vary from 1/2” to 2” thickness. The thickness of your pork chop will make a large difference in how long you cook it. Once again, that’s why we recommend using a thermometer to check the internal temperature.
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Pork Chop Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- In a small bowl combine all the ingredients until mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry enviroment.
- Sprinkle liberally on pork chops before grilling, baking or searing.
This is really a personal preference. We like boneless because of the convenience with kids. A bone-in chop can have a more attractive appearance and is often said to have the most flavor. This is because there is fat around the bone and the bone does a lot to keep the meat from drying out as it's cooked. The main thing to notice is how thick your pork chop is cut. This can vary from 1/2'' to 2'' thickness. The thickness of your pork chop will make a large difference in how long you cook it. Once again, that's why we recommend using a thermometer to check the internal temperature.