Ways to Marinate Pork Chops


Whether you love it grilled over hot coals, roasted in the oven or piled onto a hamburger bun, the best-tasting pork is marinated in flavorful oils and spices. Marinades can be based on whatever flavors you prefer. For best results, allow the pork to sit in the marinade overnight to allow the flavors to penetrate deep into the meat.

Spicy Marinade

  • If you like your pork chops spicy, try combining 2 tbsp. lime juice, 4 tbsp. hot garlic sauce, 1 chopped jalapeno and 1 small onion in a bowl. This is for those who can handle a lot of heat. Another pork marinade to try for grilled pork that is less spicy combines 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 chopped medium jalapeño pepper, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tsp. fresh ginger and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Remove the seeds from the jalapeño pepper if you want it to reduce the heat even further.

Sweet Marinade

  • Sweet pork marinades bring out the slightly sweet taste found in pork. For a very basic sweet marinade, combine 1 cup of brown sugar with 1 cup of soy sauce and 2 tsp. of lemon juice. Another sweet and creative marinade idea for pulled pork combines 3 cans of cola and 1/4 cup of brown sugar, which makes for an extra sweet pork marinade. For a sweet fruit marinade, combine 1 cup applesauce, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 tbsp. each of honey, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl.


  • Pork is a primary ingredient in Asian cooking and recipes often call for combining sugar and spices to make a sweet and spicy marinade. For a fairly simple sweet and spicy marinade, combine 1 clove of chopped garlic with 1 tbsp. of freshly grated ginger in a bowl. Add 1 minced chili pepper, 1 tbsp. sesame oil, 2 tbsp. sugar and 1/4 cup soy sauce. Another sweet and spicy marinade adds a citrus kick with 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 1/4 tsp. chili pepper, 1/4 tsp. paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Wine Marinades

  • Wine marinades work well with fancier pork dishes such as pork tenderloin and double bone-in pork chops. For a red wine marinade, combine 3 cups red wine with 1 cup honey, 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard, 3 cloves crushed garlic and a pinch of ground thyme and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper to taste. For a white wine marinade, combine 1 3/4 cups dry white wine with 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp. mustard powder, 1 chopped onion, and salt and pepper to taste.

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