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Coffee Rub Grilled Pork Chops

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Coffee rub grilled pork chops is the perfect weeknight grilled dinner. Delicious smoky and savory coffee rub crusting a tender grilled pork chop perfect for your next BBQ.

tongs picking up coffee rub grilled pork chops

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Coffee on pork chops? Don’t knock it til you try it. While coffee rubs are commonly used for steak recipes, this coffee rub goes amazingly with grilled pork chops.

Pork chops are such a versatile and delicious cut of meat. They are often inexpensive and full of flavor.

bone in pork chop

A great way to cook pork chops is on the grill. When the weather gets too hot to fire up the stove top, step outside and fire up the grill.

If you love grilling, you’ve got to try grilled teriyaki chicken kabobs or venison kabobs.

Tender, bone-in pork chops, crusted with a savory, smoky rub, then grilled to perfection. This recipe is simple and perfect to whip up for your next BBQ.

Ingredients for a delicious coffee rub

  • Maika’i Medium Roast 10% Kona Coffee. A balanced aroma, flavor, and acidity coffee. You can opt to use light or dark roast if you wish.
  • Brown sugar. This acts as a binder to help keep all the spices together and also gives a touch of sweetness. 
  • Hawaiian salt. Larger granules give for a more crunchy texture and holds in many minerals.
  • Paprika. A mild red pepper spice filled with smoky flavor.
  • Garlic powder. Made from dried dehydrated garlic that has ground into a fine powder.
  • Onion powder. Made from dried dehydrated onion that has ground into a fine powder.
  • Cumin. These are the seeds from the plant of the parsley family. This spice gives the dish a warm, earthy flavor.
coffee rub grilled pork chops ingredients

What type of pork chop works best for grilling?

  • Shoulder chop: This is a dark meat cut with lots of fat and connective tissue. Works best with the slow cooker, but can be cooked over high heat if properly tenderized.
  • Rib chop: Tender, mild flavor and one of the best cuts for grilling.
  • Loin chop: This cut has a t-bone in the center separating the loin and tenderloin. These cuts of meat cook at a different rate, which makes this a harder cut to work with.
  • Boneless chop: No bones tend to mean less flavor and it is easier to over cook.

What temperature should pork be cooked to?

FDA suggests a minimum internal temperature of 145F for safe consumption of pork. This is considered rare. For medium rare 145-150F, for medium 150-155F, medium well 155-160F, and well done 160F.

coffee rub grilled pork chops spice rub

Can you eat pork chops that are pink?

Cooking to a safe internal temperature of 145F may leave you with a little pink in the center. This is safe to eat.

When to season grilled pork chops?

For the ultimate flavor, pork chops are best seasoned prior to grilling to allow the flavors to penetrate into the meat.

maikai coffee

Can you cook pork chops right out of the refrigerator?

Taking pork chops right out of the refrigerator and cooking can cause unevenly cooked meat. Often with an over cooked outside and undercooked inside. It is best to allow pork to come to room temperature prior to grilling.

What to serve with grilled pork chops?

Here in Hawai’i we like to serve many dishes with good old sticky, white rice and a side of macaroni salad. You could also serve with grilled veggies or corn.

coffee rub grilled pork chops on a cutting board

How to store?

The great thing about grilled meats is you can eat them now or later. If saving for later, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

How long will cooked pork chops keep in the refrigerator?

Grilled pork chops can be kept for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Perfect for meal prepping.

Can you freeze pork chops?

Meat can be frozen before or after cooking. Cooked pork chops can be kept in the freezer for 2-3 months for optimum flavor, but can be kept for up to 6 months.

plate of coffee rub grilled pork chops

How to reheat grilled pork chops?

There are a few ways to reheat pork chops: on the grill, on the stove top, in the oven, or for a quick heat up in the microwave. Be sure not to heat too quickly or too much as this can overcook the pork chops and cause it to become tough.

More delicious pork recipes to check out

How to make coffee rub grilled pork chops?

  1. For the coffee rub: To a small bowl add Maika’i Medium Roast 10% Kona Coffee, brown sugar, Hawaiian salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. Mix until well combined.
  2. For the pork chops: Pat dry the pork chops with a paper towel. Liberally season the pork chops with the coffee blend and allow to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  3. Heat grill to medium to medium high heat. Clean grates and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Place pork chops on the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes depending on thickness on each side or to a minimum internal temperature of 145F for rare, 150F medium, 155F medium well, or 160F well.
  5. Remove pork chops from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice and ENJOY!
tongs picking up coffee rub grilled pork chops

Coffee Rub Grilled Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Coffee rub grilled pork chops is the perfect weeknight grilled dinner. Delicious smoky and savory coffee rub crusting a tender grilled pork chop perfect for your next BBQ.

Ingredients

For the coffee rub

  • 2 tablespoons Maika’i Medium Roast 10% Kona Coffee
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Hawaiian salt
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin

For the pork chops

  • 2 pounds pork chops

Instructions

  1. For the coffee rub: To a small bowl add Maika’i Medium Roast 10% Kona Coffee, brown sugar, Hawaiian salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. Mix until well combined.
  2. For the pork chops: Pat dry the pork chops with a paper towel. Liberally season the pork chops with the coffee blend and allow to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  3. Heat grill to medium to medium high heat. Clean grates and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Place pork chops on the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes, depending on thickness, on each side or to a minimum internal temperature of 145F for rare, 150F medium, 155F medium well, or 160F well.
  5. Remove pork chops from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice and ENJOY!

Notes

*FDA suggests cooking pork chops to a minimum internal temperature of 145F.

*You can use bone-in or boneless pork chops for this recipe.

*I suggest using pork chops that are at least 1 inch thich. Thinner pork chops tend to dry out quicker while cooking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 1715mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 58g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on June 30th, 2021

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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