Grilled Pork Chops with Smoked Paprika Rub


A lot of purchased barbecue sauces are really high in sugar. If you need to watch the amount of sugar in your diet, try grilling pork chops with this flavorful rub, instead. The rub goes on in advance so the flavors can penetrate the chops.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Marinate Time:
8 hrs
Rest Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins
6 pork chops


  • 6 (5 ounce) boneless pork loin chops, cut 1-inch thick

  • avocado cooking oil spray


  • 1 ½ tablespoons smoked paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


  1. Combine smoked paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, and cayenne in a small bowl.

  2. Pat chops dry with a paper towel and evenly distribute dry ingredient mixture on front and back of each chop. With fingertips, lightly rub dry ingredient mixture into the chops on both sides.

  3. Place chops on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

  4. Remove rubbed chops from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

  5. While chops are getting to room temperature, clean the grate of an outdoor gas grill and preheat to medium heat.

  6. When the grill is ready, lightly spray chops with avocado oil spray.

  7. Lightly oil the grill grates, place chops on the grill, and cook for about 3 minutes. Rotate chops 90 degrees to create a criss-cross grill pattern and continue grilling for 3 minutes. Turn chops and grill until pork chops are no longer pink inside, about 4 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

  8. Remove to a serving platter and allow to rest under a foil tent, for about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Cook's Note:

To avoid staining fingertips with the smoked paprika, use food service quality disposable gloves to apply the rub to the chops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

227 Calories
10g Fat
2g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 227
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 549mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 31g
Potassium 578mg 12%

* 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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