Use these simple tips to get juicy grilled pork ribs, chops, shoulders, kebabs, and burgers.


Get the best grilled pork — whether you're cooking ribs, chops, shoulders, kebabs, or burgers — every time with these simple tips. Here's everything you need to know about grilling pork:

How to Grill Pork Chops and Tenderloin

Many cooks like to marinate pork chops, pork tenderloin, and pork kebabs before grilling to ensure the meat stays moist.

Grill pork chops, pork tenderloin, and kabobs over direct heat (right over the coals) for the sear,  then finish the job with indirect heat. When the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F (60 C), pull the meat off the grill; it'll continue to cook due to the residual heat and will reach 145 degrees F (63 C). Let the pork rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving to redistribute the juices.

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How to Grill Pork Ribs

Scott Hibb's Amazing Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs
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Grill ribs "low and slow" over indirect heat. Keep the coals on one side of the grill and place the ribs on the grate away from the hot coals. Add more coals/wood chips as needed, and cook until the meat is tender.

If you've pre-cooked the ribs in the oven, then they just need to be reheated and/or smoked on the grill for flavor.

To smoke pre-cooked ribs:

  1. Prepare the grill for indirect heat, with the coals on one side of the grill.
  2. Soak a large handful of woodchips (apple wood, hickory, or other fruit wood) in water for at least 30 minutes. When the coals are ready, place the ribs on the grate away from the heat, and toss the drained woodchips onto the hot coals. Cover the grill with the lid and smoke for about 20 minutes. Brush the ribs with sauce, if desired, and continue smoking for another 5 minutes.

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How to Grill Ground Pork

Grilled Asian Pork Burger
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If you add ground pork to your burgers or meat kebabs, they need to be fully cooked. Remove them from the grill when the temperature reaches 155 degrees F (68 C); as the burgers rest, the temperature will increase to 160 degrees F (70 C). Let the meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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  • Asian Pork Burger: Ground pork, apple, onion, bell pepper, teriyaki sauce, apple cider, ground ginger, bread crumbs, black pepper, and soy sauce combine to make these top-rated burgers.
  • Banh Mi Burgers: All the flavors of a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, but in a pork burger.

How to Grill Pork Butt and Pork Shoulder

smoked pork butt
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Follow the instructions for "low and slow" cooking. A charcoal chimney is useful for lighting coals so they'll already be hot when you add them to the grill — you'll need to replenish the coals several times during a nice long day of barbequing.

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