This is the best easy pork chop marinade recipe! It's great for pork chops on the grill, but you can make them on the stove in a grill pan, too. Simple ingredients, pantry staples, and only 5 minutes of prep time!
1teaspoonhoneyOR maple OR brown sugar OR low carb sweetener
For the meat
4bone-in pork chops
Combine ingredients for marinade in a measuring jug. Whisk well.
Place pork chops in freezer bag and pour marinade on top. Close bag well, then slightly massage marinade into pork chops.
Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour, and up to 24 hours.
Remove the pork chops from the bag, discarding marinade and bag. Cook the pork chops on the grill or in a grill pan on the stove.
Pork: I recommend using bone-in chops because they stay juicier on the grill, but if you only have boneless you can use those, too. Just make sure you don't overcook them.
Sweetener: A little bit of sugar helps balance the flavor of the marinade, but feel free to leave it out if you prefer.
Parsley: You can use 1 teaspoon dried parsley in place of the fresh.
Garlic: You can use ¼ teaspoon dried garlic powder in place of the fresh.
You can double the recipe, just make sure to use a large enough freezer bag to hold all the chops and all the marinade.
If you want to go plastic-free, you may use a glass or stainless steel container with a lid. Or even a ceramic baking dish works, if you can cover it well. Make sure the marinade entirely covers the pork chops. You may need to make more marinade to cover them. Then put on the lid and place in the fridge as directed in the recipe.
Adding the fresh sprigs of herbs to the bag isn't crucial, so if you don't keep fresh herbs on hand don't worry about them. They do add some extra flavor we really enjoy, but the marinade works well without them, too.