I really like beer, and I really like pork, so beer grilled pork chops are kinda the perfect recipe for me! If you also like beer and pork chops, you might want to try this beer grilled pork chops recipe too. It’s super simple to make, only requires a few ingredients (that you probably have around the house) and can be customized to use your favorite beer.
When I envisioned this beer grilled pork chops recipe, I was thinking of a summer day out by the grill. I imagined smelling flavorful pork chops grilling while I was sipping on a beer and enjoying the summer breeze. I thought “wouldn’t it be great if we could combine all of this into one delicious recipe?” And, so beer grilled pork chops were made!
To get “summery” flavors, I decided to marinate the pork chops in a marinade based on wheat beer. Wheat beers have lemon-y, orange-y, sweetish notes along with plenty of aromatics that just seem, well summery to me. Combined with lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings, these beer grilled pork chops really take on the light, bright flavors we associate with summer.
If you don’t like wheat beer, but would like to still get more of the fruity, summery flavors, IPA beers would also be a great choice to use for the marinade. You’ll pick up orange and citrus fruit flavors from an IPA, and maybe even some pine needle type notes depending on the beer. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, for instance, will give you more pine notes than Third Space Happy Place.
If you want a more deeply flavored version of this beer grilled pork chops recipe you could use a stout beer for the marinade. A beer like Guinness (it’s good for you!) will bring roasty and caramely notes to the beer. If you use a stout, just omit the lemon juice from the recipe. Those flavors just don’t work together!
Since this is a summer themed recipe, that you’ll hopefully be cooking outside, we highly recommend serving these beer grilled pork chops with garden fresh Midwestern produce. Whether you have your own garden, or hit up a local farm stand or farmers market, we recommend serving lots of fresh produce on the side. I particularly enjoy serving a fresh tomato salad with these beer grilled pork chops!
I want to just share a few tips on the pork chops that we used for this beer grilled pork chops recipe – they are the most important ingredient after all! When you are grilling pork chops, I really recommend getting chops that are cut at least one inch thick. Thinner chops are great for breading, baking, or pan frying, but I just think they dry out on the grill too fast.
At Lake Geneva Country Meats, we offer 1/2″ and 1″ thick pork chops in loin and rib chop cut options. Loin chops are like a beef T-Bone steak while rib chops are like a beef bone-in ribeye. They’re both great options for this beer grilled pork chops recipe, but in the picture I used rib chops. I think they do a little better on the grill because they have a bit more internal fat so they stay juicy!
Finally, the most important thing to remember when you’re cooking pork chops is to not overcook them! For too long, we thought we needed to cook pork chops to 165ºF which led to dry, flavorless pork chops. NO MORE!!!! Cook your chops to 145º and you’ll enjoy flavorful, juicy pork chops that you will be sure to enjoy.
If you like recipes that use beer in them, you can out some of these other recipes we have on the site:
I hope you enjoy our beer grilled pork chops recipe! The best part about this recipe is that you buy beer in six packs and it only needs one beer for the recipe, so you know what to do with the other five! Leave us a comment to let us know what beer you used for this recipe, if you made any tweaks, or have any other feedback. We appreciate you stopping by and we’ll see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!
- 4 LGCM Bone In Pork Chops (cut at 1″ thick)
- 1 can Beer (see notes above for beer suggestions)
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice (about one lemon’s worth of juice)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Dried Rosemary (chopped)
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
Add all the ingredients (except the pork chops) in a small bowl and whisk together to combine. Put the pork chops in a large, sealable plastic bag, and pour the marinade into the meat. Work the marinade into the meat so it’s evenly coated. Let the chops sit in the refrigerator for 1 – 24 hours.
Once the pork chops are done marinating, heat your grill to medium high heat. Remove the pork chops from the marinade, and pat dry to remove excess moisture. Discard the extra marinade. Once the grill is hot, place the pork chops directly over the heat and grill for approximately 4-5 minutes per side, flipping only once, until the pork chops reach 145ºF.
Once the beer grilled pork chops are done cooking, remove them from the grill, and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the pork chops with fresh, seasonal produce and, of course, the beer you used to make the marinade. Enjoy!