This espresso cardamom rub adds a deep earthy flavor to these grilled pork chops! This easy grilled pork recipe is perfect for weeknight grilling!
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Grilling Pork Chops on a Gas Grill
When it comes to grilling, I think you fall into one of two categories: I Love My Gas Grill or Gas Grilling is Not Grilling! I definitely fall into the I love my gas grill group. A gas grill makes weeknight grilling totally accessible.
Like these Grilled Pork Chops with Espresso Cardamom Rub. Using a gas grill, you can have these flavorful chops on the table in less than an hour and the majority of that time is letting the pork marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes, while the gas grill preheats.
The secret to gas grilling pork chops is to create a hot and a cooler zone. You sear the chops quickly, just 3 minutes on each side and then move them to the cooler zone for finish cooking for about 10 minutes. This was for pork chops that were about ¾ inch, so your times may vary.
While you are grilling the chops, you might as well grill your side dishes too. How about a Grilled Kale Salad with Strawberries and Bourbon Maple Grilled Acorn Squash?! Or if you're not in the mood to grill your side dishes, this Scalloped Zucchini Salad or Zucchini, Green Bean and Chile Slaw would also be great!
Grilled Pork Chops with Espresso Cardamom Rub
I think it's a shame that it's already August and these are the first grilled pork chops of the season! Well, no worries, I'll remedy that because the recipe for the espresso cardamom rub made plenty, so I see more pork chops in my immediate future. This rub would also be fantastic on steaks and chicken.
There is nothing simpler that putting together the ingredients for a rub, lightly coating the pork chops in olive oil, massage the rub into the chops and grill. Easy peasy. This is easy weeknight grilling at it's finest.
I found this recipe in the same book as the Bourbon Maple Grilled Acorn Squash, Grill Every Day: 125 Fast-Track Recipes for Weeknights at the Grill - a book I highly recommend if you are looking for easy weeknight grilling!
The secret to non stick grilling is to make sure your grill is clean, after pre-heating, I use a Grill Brush to clean the grill.
Grilled Pork Chops with Espresso Cardamom Rub
Espresso Cardamom Rub
- ¼ cup finely ground espresso-roast coffee
- ¼ cup kosher or sea salt
- ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons hot paprika
- 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 4 pork chops
- olive oil
- Place rub ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid. (It will make about a cup). Store away from heat and light for up to a month.
- Preheat grill to medium-high. Remove the pork chops from the fridge about 30 minutes before you are ready to grill them. Rub both sides with olive oil and then with the spice rub.
- Make a cool zone in your grill either by turning off one of the burners or banking the coals. Place the chops over the hot part of the grill and sear on each side for about 3 minutes. Move the chops to the cooler part of the grill and let them finish cooking about 10 more minutes.
- Remove the chops from the grill and let them rest for 5 minutes.
Jaxx The Bearded Hiker says
I am loving this rub, thanks! I can see it now...me in front of my smoker, sweating my &^## off, and rubbing this all over a beautiful pork butt! I'm gonna put this together and let you know!
Pam Greer says
I can't wait to hear how it turns out!
Tania|My Kitchen Stories says
What a great rub Pam. Love those flavours together and with that delicious Pork fat
Pork chops are my favourite and this rub intrigues me. Definitely need to give it a try.
I cut off every piece of fat off any any kind of meat. I don't like the taste of fat at all.
I do love grilled pork chops and we have them about once a week. Yummy.
Have a fabulous day. ☺
Dear Pam, what a fabulous rub! These pork chops sound fantastic...love the flavors of this dish. xo, Catherine
Miz Helen says
What a great rub, this will have fantastic flavor. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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April J Harris says
What gorgeous flavours you have used in this delicious rub, Pam. your Pork Chops look delicious. Pinned and sharing. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop. And I'm with you when it comes to the fat on pork chops 😉
These photos are amazing! Yep, I enjoy the crispy pork fat too, it's the best part! The rubbings are so flavorful. I once tried the coffee powder on a brisket and it turned out wonderful. Can't wait to try it on the pork next time 🙂
Sharing and pinning!
Sarena @ Teal Inspiration says
The espresso cardamom rub sounds amazing! Thanks for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty and I hope you'll join us again!
Chrissa - Physical Kitchness says
I have never heard of cardamon/espresso combo on a pork chop but I am really intrigued! Putting this on my list of 'must makes'! Found you on the Full Plate Thursday link party 🙂
Debra @ Bowl Me Over says
I've been adding coffee and or grinds to several recipes lately (especially pork) love the flavor it imparts on the meat! Thanks for sharing with us at #TryaBiteTuesday - see you next week!!!
Tania | My Kitchen Stories says
Love grilled Pork chops and also love the whole idea of this rub. Such great flavours. ..oh and yes nothing wrong with fat
I must say, you will most defintely find me in the later group too Pam. If I had my way, they would have left pork alone and not made it one bit leaner but, of course, that probably wouldn't be good for any one's heart...
Love this rub. Those Pork Chops look oh so yummy. I better get grilling some soon. The way things are going, Fall may be here sooner than we think.
Thanks for sharing, Pam. I'm not back to blogging yet but Marion and I are holding our own. I've taken a few pictures I would love to share on Garden Tuesday but it seems Marion is requiring much more of my time these days...Stay well Pam. "See" you soon...
Ooo does that rub sound good! I love coffee in any form.
Rachel @ Simple Seasonal says
Espresso and cardamom! How awesome is that! My hubs would be all over this, as he loves his Turkish coffee. I never would have thought to put those flavors with pork, but now that I think about it, it's an awesome idea!