When it comes to pork, I look for sure-fire recipes. Not that cooking pork is hard, but pork is notorious for becoming dry before you know it. So when working with pork it helps to have a plan instead of those culinary impulsive vibes.
I recommend these simple steps to get flavorful & juicy grilled pork every time.
- Giant boneless pork chops need to be divided to 2 or more pieces, otherwise they don't cook evenly. Bone-in pork chops are more ideal for grilling.
- Marinate pork for at least 3 hours, and if time is of the essence, brine them for 20 minutes.
- Bring pork to room temperature (70 degrees F) before cooking.
- Wipe off the marinade completely by paper towels before grilling specially if using stove-top grill.
- Preheat the grill on high and place porks leaving generous space among them. After one or two minutes turn down the heat to medium. Repeat the same for the other side.
3 lb thick-cut pork loin, preferably trimmed, cubed 2”x2” or bigger
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves of garlic, smacked and chopped
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp sriracha hot chili sauce
1 tsp turmeric (optional)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1) In a small bowl, combine the garlic, salt, sriracha hot sauce, turmeric, black pepper, vinegar, soy sauce, and olive oil, stirring well with a whisk. Set aside.
2) In a mixing bowl, pour the marinade over pork and mix to coat each piece. Add sliced onions and mix again until all onions are evenly distributed. Transfer the pork mixture into a zip top bag and refrigerate overnight. Gently, shake the bag often through marination period.
3) Remove the pork pieces from the marinade and bring to room temperature. Wipe off excess moisture right before grilling.
4) Preheat the stove-top grill on high. Brush the pork pieces with cooking oil and season with salt and black pepper.
5) Place them on the hot stove-top grill and after one minute, turn down the heat to medium. Let them cook about 6 to 8 minutes. Raise the heat to high again, and flip the pork pieces over and after one minute turn down the heat to medium. Continue to cook 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer cooked pork pieces to a serving platter, covering with foil and Let them rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
- Big size bone-in or boneless pork chops are cooked better on outdoor grills with lid.
- The ideal temperature for cooked pork is 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
- This recipe bakes well too. At step 5, place the pork pieces on a sheet pan and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Flip pieces three quarters of the way through baking time.