Best Pork Chop Marinade


This pork chop marinade is the best I've ever made. I started throwing things together in a bowl and I'm so glad I wrote it down. The flavor is best when pork is grilled. Try it and see!

overhead angle looking down at two juicy pork chops with a side of greens
Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 large pork chops

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon mesquite-flavored seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place pork chops on a flat work surface. Slice horizontally through the middle, being careful not to cut all the way through to the other side. Open the two sides and spread them out like an open book.

  2. Whisk olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, lemon juice, mustard, thyme, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mesquite seasoning, parsley, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; pour into a large resealable plastic bag. Add pork chops, coat with marinade, squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator, 6 to 8 hours.


Increase the amount of marinade if cooking a larger portion.

To grill chops, preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill chops until nicely browned on each side and slightly pink in the center, about 8 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the chop should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

756 Calories
42g Fat
30g Carbs
62g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 756
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 53%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 1451mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 62g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 950mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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