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4 Best Pork Chop Marinades for Juicy Pork | And How To Make A Pork Marinade

The best pork chop marinades use simple, healthy, and flavorful ingredients. That’s what we’ve got right here! This post shares how to make 4 delicious recipes. It also answers FAQS about marinating meat.

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In our family, grilling season happens all year round. Yes, even winter! So when friends and family visit us in Dallas, chances are, you’ll be treated to a tasty barbecue.

Y’all already know how much I’m about delicious dry rubs and healthy sauces. But today, we’re diving deep into marinades, why they’re awesome, how to use them.

I’ll be sharing four of the absolute BEST (in my opinion) pork chop marinades. If this is your jam, be sure to check out the marinade recipes for tri-tipchicken, and perfectly cooked steak!

But for now, let’s dial down on how to make the juiciest and tastiest pork. Follow me!

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Should I Marinate Pork Before Cooking? 

If you want extra juicy, flavorful chops with a beautifully caramelized crust…then yes, you should marinate pork before cooking it.

Here are other reasons I always marinate: 

  • Marinades can tenderize tough cuts of meat
  • They boost the flavor of the pork without overpowering its natural flavor
  • Marinades can add caramelization
  • They can make the dish healthier (depending on what you use)
  • Marinades can make the meat easier to digest

How Long Should You Marinate Pork Chops? 

For ultra juiciness and best results, pork chops should be marinated for at least an hour. Even better for at least two hours! Check out my recipe below. You could even have them marinating for 6 to 8 hours or overnight — depending on the type of marinade. 

A longer soak helps the meat tenderize. Know, however, that marinades only reach the outer part of thick meat. It never really gets to the center of thick cuts. Still very tasty, though!

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How Can I Tenderize Pork Chops Quickly? 

Marinades act as natural tenderizers when made with acidic ingredients (such as lemon, lime, and apple cider vinegar). Check out this Healthy and Very Tender Tandoori Chicken, for example, because it’s got plenty of zesty deliciousness! 

Acids help tenderize the pork chops by breaking down the protein in the meat.

Here are some examples of ingredients that can act as tenderizers:

  • Soy sauce: Acts as a tenderizing brine and adds significant flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Another acidic ingredient that’s also amazingly healthy (I love cooking with it). Check out all the benefits of ACV here.
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Is It Safe To Marinate Pork Chops Overnight?

The amount of time it’s safe to marinate pork chops depends on the thickness of your chops and the kind of marinade you’re using. 

For Thick Cuts: You can marinate them for an hour to overnight. 

For Thin Cuts: From an hour up to 6 hours.

Just be careful when using salt, acids, or alcohol ingredients. Marinating food in these ingredients for too long can cause them to chemically cook, making the pork mushy rather than tender.

Ultimately, I recommend marinating meats with acid or alcohol for no longer than 6 hours (regardless of cut thickness). If your marinade doesn’t contain these ingredients, an overnight soak should be okay. 

Do You Rinse Marinade Off Pork Chops?

If you’re grilling, broiling, or pan-searing your pork chops, you should drain the marinade before cooking. Too much liquid while cooking can prevent the meat from browning. It’s best to pat your chops dry with a paper towel for extra measure. 

Now, if you’re baking, braising, or slow-cooking your chops, no need to rinse. You can use your marinade as a rich sauce. 

Important: Make sure to marinate your chops in a refrigerator and never at room temp. This keeps your food safe and flavor intact. 

And if you’ll be cooking your marinade /using it as a sauce, make sure it comes to a complete boil. You may opt to boil your marinade separately then drizzle it onto your chops as well.

4 Best Pork Chop Marinades for Juicy Pork 

I’ve gathered 4 of my favorite pork chop marinades right here. They make for super simple, very easy, and extra juicy chops. And suit a wide variety of tastes. I hope you like them!

4 Best Pork Chop Marinades for Juicy Pork | And How To Make A Pork Marinade

1. Soy Honey Mustard Marinade

Craving something sweet, something savory, and something golden? Go for this soy honey mustard marinade. Trust me, it’s #1 for a reason. Scroll down to the bottom for the recipe.

4 Best Pork Chop Marinades for Juicy Pork | And How To Make A Pork Marinade

2. Citrus Marinade

Another one of my fave marinades ever. This citrus combo lends itself well to extra tender pork. The garlic adds a nice bite and it’s zesty. Perfect for pairing with a Strawberry Mint Lemonade or even a Virgin Sangria. Scroll down to the bottom for the recipe.

4 Best Pork Chop Marinades for Juicy Pork | And How To Make A Pork Marinade

3. Asian Marinade

The soy sauce, sesame oil, and honey in this marinade beautifully come together and make for a flavor that’s as complex as it is decadent. Add in the rice wine vinegar, garlic plus ginger, and voila! Scroll down to the bottom for the recipe.

4 Best Pork Chop Marinades for Juicy Pork | And How To Make A Pork Marinade

4. Herb Marinade

I think fresh herbs pair so well with pork. Fresh parsley, thyme, and rosemary…YUM! This herbaceous marinade gives your chops so much lift and dimension. Scroll down to the bottom for the recipe.

How To Make These Marinades?

Here’s how you can make any one of these fabulous marinades:

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients of your chosen marinade in a bowl. Put your pork chops in a glass dish, reusable Ziploc bag, or bowl to coat it in the marinade. 
  2. Place your chops in the fridge to marinate for at least 2 to 24 hours. Turn them occasionally to get the flavors on each side. 
  3. Remove the excess marinade before cooking, and season lightly with salt and pepper to taste. Done!
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Are These Pork Chop Marinades Healthy? 

Yes, these pork chop marinades are healthy! Here’s why:

  • Making your own marinades allows you control over your calories the ingredients you choose. Store-bought marinades often contain lots of added sugar, sodium, and artificial ingredients.
  • Marinades can help significantly decrease the number of carcinogenic compounds in meat (HCAs and PAHs) coming from high heat grilling and broiling. Essectially, they serve as a buffer for the food as it cooks.
  • Using nutritious and clean ingredients such as rosemary, lemon, garlic, etc. on your marinades, can add a mix of healthy antioxidants, anti-carcinogenic properties, and vitamins to your meat! Yay!

More Tasty Protein Marinade Recipes 

Marinades can elevate any dish to a whole new level. Try these mouth-watering recipes for flavor-packed and juicy protein dishes: 

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4 Best Pork Chop Marinades for Juicy Pork | And How To Make A Pork Marinade

The best pork chop marinades use simple, healthy, and flavorful ingredients. That's what we've got right here! Here's 4 delicious recipes.

Servings: 4
Calories: 108 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
Soy Honey Mustard | Marinade enough for about 4 chops (1 ½ to 2 lbs)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic,minced
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
Citrus | Marinade enough for about 4 chops (1 ½ to 2 lbs)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 zest orange, lemon and lime
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot or small red onion, chopped 
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
Asian | Marinade enough for about 4 chops (1 ½ to 2 lbs)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp sambal olek or sriracha or hot sauce of choice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
Herb | Marinade enough for about 4 chops (1 ½ to 2 lbs)
  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp minced thyme
  • 1 tbsp minced rosemary
  • 1 lemon zest, and juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all ingredients of desired marinade in a small bowl. Place pork chops in a glass dish or bowl, or reusable ziploc bag. Coat in marinade.

  2. Refrigerate and marinate for a minimum of 2 hours or up to 24 hours, turning occasionally.

  3. Before cooking, remove excess marinade and season lightly with salt and pepper, as desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional info is for Soy Honey Mustard Marinade and does not include pork, just the marinade.

Nutrition Facts
4 Best Pork Chop Marinades for Juicy Pork | And How To Make A Pork Marinade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 839mg35%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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