A great pork chop marinade

A great pork chop marinade that will make your pork extra juicy with a terrific savoury flavour and a gorgeous caramelised crust without overpowering the natural flavour of pork. Even 1 hour of marinating makes a remarkable difference!

Overhead photo of Grilled chops on a plate with potato rosti and salad, made using amade using a great Pork Chop Marinade

You know when something hits the pan and it smells so great than even if it’s the first time you’ve made that recipe, you know it’s going to be a winner? This is one of those. 🙂

Plus, the added bonus is that there is a very good chance that all the ingredients are already in your pantry. Checklist: soy sauce, brown sugar, mustard, garlic, pepper, Worcestershire Sauce (I never spell that right first go! Thank you auto correct).

Grilled chops on a plate, made using a great Pork Chop Marinade


“Soy sauce?”, I hear some of you think, dubiously.

YES. Soy sauce. NO it doesn’t make this the least bit Asiany (no matter how I spell it, auto correct does not like that word). It’s a brine that injects the pork with juiciness and it’s better than the basic salt + water brine because it’s got more flavour to it.

If you’ve never tried a soy sauce based brine for a protein before, I think you’re going to be very pleasantly surprised. Watch the video below the recipe – the end when I press down on the pork chop to show how juicy it is. That’s courtesy of the soy sauce!

A great Pork Chop Marinade

Pile of grilled chops on a white plate, made using made using a great Pork Chop Marinade

I’m sharing this Pork Chop Marinade because I got all excited that I finally got a new BBQ. Living by the ocean means that anything that resides outdoors has a limited life and my current BBQ looks like an abandoned burnt out car.

After being completely indecisive about what BBQ to get next, I finally took the plunge and got an entry level mid range BBQ and just accepted that it will probably have a 4 to 5 year life.

It was either that, or splurging on a premium stainless steel one that was so expensive I almost choked when the sales assistant told me how much it was. And apparently, even that would probably only last 7 years because of all the salty air.

I will make the most of it. I plan to be the BBQ Queen this coming summer. Move over Bobby Flay! 😉 – Nagi xx


Overhead photo of Grilled chops on a plate with potato rosti and salad, made using amade using a great Pork Chop Marinade

A Great Pork Chop Marinade
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This marinade will make any pork chops or steak extra juicy as well as infusing it with great savoury flavour and a touch of sweet. Soy sauce is the secret ingredient – it does not taste the least bit “Asiany” or soy saucey. MINIMUM MARINADE TIME: 1 hr+ for thin chops, 3 hrs+ for thick. Recipe VIDEO below.

Course: BBQ, Main
Calories476 kcal
  • 4 bone in pork chops, 2 cm / 4/5″ thick about 280g/9 oz each (Note 1)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup / 85 ml soy sauce (light or all purpose, not dark)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  1. Place Marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag. Massage to combine.
  2. Add chops. Massage to coat in the Marinade. Marinate for 1 – 24 hours. (Note 2)
  3. Take the chops out of the fridge 20 minutes before cooking.
  4. Brush BBQ grill or drizzle oil in pan, heat on medium high. Add pork and cook for 4 minutes or until the underside is caramelised and the pork releases from the grill, then turn the chops and cook for 3 minutes (Note 2 for thin chops).
  5. Baste both sides with residual marinade in ziplock bag, then cook the basted side for 30 seconds before serving. The chops should have a great crust
  6. Transfer chops to a plate, cover loosely with foil. Rest for 3 minutes before serving.

1. I used thick, bone in pork chops that were just under 2.5cm / 1″ thick. On the bone, slightly trimmed but not much, I like keeping some fat on the edges to keep the pork really juicy! This recipe will work with any quick cook cut of pork – chops, steaks, even tenderloin.

2. Minimum marinade time:
* Thin chops: 1.25 cm/ 1/2″ thick – 1 hr+
* Thick chops 2 cm / 4/5″ thick – 3 hrs+

COOK TIME for just white (juicy, no pink, reduce by 1 min for hint of blush):
* Thin chops – 3 minutes first side, 2 minutes second side, then 30 seconds on each side for basting.
* Thick chops – 4 minutes first side, 3 minutes second side, then 45 seconds on each side.

If your chops are thicker than the Thick Chops, then I’d recommend starting on the stove and finishing in the oven at 180C/350F until the internal temperature is 145F / 63C.

3. Troubleshooting / tips: Once you put the chops on the BBQ, DON’T TOUCH IT! Once it is cooked, it will release naturally from the grills. If it sticks, it’s not ready to turn. If your chops are cooking too quickly and start to burn because of the sugar in the marinade, turn the heat down. Remember, these chops are meant to have a gorgeous chargrilled crust!

4. CRISPY POTATO ROSTI recipe (pictured on the side of the chops) – by reader request, here’s an abbreviated form of the recipe: 2 large brushed (Sebago) potatoes (US: use russet), peeled and grated using a box grater. Grab handfuls and squeeze out excess liquid or do this using a dish towel (clean!). Place in bowl, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tbsp butter + 1 1/2 tbsp oil (I use olive) in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add dollops of potato, spread into pancake shape about 12 cm / 4.5″ wide, 0.75 cm / 1/4″ thick. Press down to compact into rosti, cook for 3 minutes or until deep golden brown. Flip and repeat. Drain on paper towels, repeat with remaining potato, should make 8.

Originally posted August 2017, photos replaced in May 2018 and commentary tidied up, no change to recipe.


Recipe video for this great Pork Chop Marinade! Don’t miss the end when I show how juicy the chops are…