Lemon/Garlic/Herb Pork Chops


Today’s dinner was quick, simple, full of flavor and really had that fresh summer feel to it: Grilled Pork Chops marinated in Lemon, Garlic and Herbs.
(It’s not a real summer without grilled Pork Chops if you ask me…)

I’ll try to write down the estimated amount of the ingredients used, but I really don’t think being exact is very important in this case…follow your gut and you’ll be fine (+ it’s more fun)!:

Lemon/Garlic/Herb Pork Chops

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time4 hours
Total time4 hours, 10 minutes
Compliance Paleo, Primal, Whole30
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Main ingredient Pork
Miscellaneous Barbecue
Fantastic pork chops!

What you need:

  • 4 pork chops (bone in)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 0.5 tablespoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

What to do:

1Make 3-4 cuts through the fat cap of each pork chop, and put them in a large plastic bag.
2Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, and then pour it in the bag with the pork chops.
3Try to get the air out of the bag and seal it close to the opening, leaving it with as little air as possible but still space for the pork chops to move around a bit.
4Start “massaging” the bag, until the pork chops are evenly rubbed and covered with the marinade.
5Place in the fridge for at least a few hours before grilling them over direct heat.
(Take them out of the fridge when you light the grill, so they are room temperatured when you start to grill them.)


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  1. We made these tonight…I didn’t have bone-in pork chops…just a pack of 8 boneless from the bargain basement section of our Giant….marinated them for about 2 hours….and oh my…….they were delicious. DELICIOUS!!!!!!! They have so much flavor and were juicy. My husband raved about them. We now have them on the list of regular things we will devour….;)

    • Thank you Eileen,
      your comment made me so happy!!
      I feel proud to have managed to provided something that made it to someone’s regular rotation, and honored that you let me.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate it and I’m very happy you liked it! :)

      Oh…and I’m sure boneless works just as fine. It’s just me who likes to chew on the bones afterwards… ;)

      Wish you a great day!

  2. Thank you for a great recipe. I also used boneless pork chops which I marinated for a few hours. Really delicious flavor! This recipe is a keeper for sure. I grilled them on my grill pan. New to Paleo-ish ;)

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  6. Is that a cauliflower mash you served with the chops? They also look herb-y and delicious… I’d like to serve mine with whatever this is, lol. Care to share?

    • Strictly Paleo...ish!

      Hi Kate!

      Thanks! :)

      Hmm, that dish was served a long time ago now…
      It’s not cauliflower mash…it’s a cold sauce, but it’s dairy based so that might be a deal breaker depending on your stand.
      Anyhow…if you do want to try it out, and if I recall correctly, just stir something like this together and it should be quite similar to what is served in the picture:

      1 cup Turkish yoghurt.
      1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce.
      A little bit of crushed black pepper.
      A little bit of chopped fresh Parsley.
      A dash of yellow mustard.

      If you want to make the apple sauce yourself, here’s a recipe for it:

      If you don’t eat dairy, I suggest you give this recipe a try as the side for the chops instead:
      …it’s definitely a great match too! :)

      Which ever you go for, I hope it’ll be a good experience!

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