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Wet rubbed and grilled pork chops
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Grilled Pork Chops with Basil, Lemon and Garlic

Basil wet rubbed pork chops on the grill


  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves packed into the cup
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon
  • Juice from 1 whole lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • Combine everything but the pork chops (duh) in a food processor or blender.  If you don't have a micro grater for the lemon, just double the lemon juice (and then buy a micro grater next time you are out).
  • Blend the ingredients to a paste. We are looking for a thick, wet rub/paste like shown in the photo:
    Wet rubbed basil pork chops on the grill
  • Rub both sides of the pork chops with the wet rub and then place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Light the grill to medium-high, close the lid and let the grill heat for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pork chops from the refrigerator and place on the grill once it is good and hot.  I like to use a brush to brush any remaining wet rub from the plate onto the top of the pork chops.
  • Grill for 5 - 6 minutes over direct heat with the lid open and then flip your pork chops.
  • Grill for another 5 - 6 minutes and then check the internal temperature of the pork chops for doneness all grills are different and it also depends on the thickness of your pork chops, so I can't tell you exact times.  Please use a meat thermometer, along with the MeatTemps app to check for doneness.  If your chops are a little thicker and need more time, lower the heat on your grill to medium, close the lid and bake the chops for a few more minutes.
  • Remove the pork chops from the grill and serve.