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If you need an easy weeknight dinner that will get dinner on the table in a hurry, these easy grilled pork chops are so easy! Plus this homemade Italian marinade will become your go to marinade for grilled meats and veggies.
Weeknights are crazy around here. Even in the summer when we don’t have as many weeknight activities, it seems it is always a battle to get dinner on the table. We have really been focusing on quick dinners that are easy to make during the summer. During the rest of the year, I don’t mind spending time crafting a recipe or laboring all day over it. In the summer, there just never seems to be time for that!
This recipe is one of my new favorites and will continue to be a go-to summer recipe in our house! This Italian marinade is so easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. I have absolutely loved learning to make my own salad dressings and decided to try my hand at making an Italian dressing/marinade that is the perfect marinade for these Smithfield All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops.
Up until recently, I was always intimidated by cooking pork. We didn’t eat it a ton growing up, so I haven’t experimented much with cooking it myself. Steven and I have a rule, if I will get everything ready to grill, he’ll do the actual laboring over the grill. So we decided to grill these bone-in pork chops. I hear that’s the way they taste best! Because they’re bone in, it’s easier to keep the chops from drying out on the grill.
Pork actually cooks really quickly which makes it perfect for a weeknight! If you love your pork medium rare, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees (followed by a three-minute rest). If you like your chops a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
To complete this meal, we grilled some fresh veggies using the same marinade plus some refrigerated biscuits. Quick and delicious dinner that we made in less than 30 minutes. I took the time during my son’s nap to chop all the veggies and make our dessert as well. then when it came time to cook dinner, the meat and veggies were already marinated and just needed to cook on the grill.
Don’t forget to get all of the ingredients you need for this meal from your local Walmart.
- 4-6 Smithfield All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- Dash of red pepper flakes (more for spicier taste buds)
- Small squeeze of lemon juice
- Seasonal veggies of your choice (carrots, asparagus, onions, zucchini, squash)
- Combine marinade ingredients in a mason jar.
- Shake vigorously to combine.
- Pour half over pork chops in gallon size plastic bag immediately. If bigger pieces of spices, onions and garlic did not pour evenly, use a spoon to add some to bag.
- Refrigerate a minimum of 30 minutes up to overnight to marinate.
- Pour remaining marinade over seasonal veggies, refrigerate.
- Set grill to medium-high heat.
- Grill pork chops until internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees (170 for well done). Approximately 10-15 minutes total (flipping halfway through)
- Grill veggies directly on grill or in a grill-safe basket. Carrots and squash may take longer than pork, so leave on for a few minutes while pork rests or place on grill before pork.
- Serve immediately.
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