Grilled Pork Chops with Honey-Jalapeno Marinade

Grilled Pork Chops flavored with a sweet and spicy honey-jalapeno marinade, an easy summer meal ready in just 20 minutes!

I don’t know what’s worse: Cooking indoors at the risk of heating up my house, or standing outside at the grill in the current HEAT WAVE.

If I have pork chops on hand, the answer is simple.

It’s THIS:

Grilled Pork Chops flavored with a sweet and spicy honey-jalapeno marinade, an easy summer meal ready in just 20 minutes!

A stack of succulent pork chops flavored in Honey-Jalapeno Marinade.


By the way, if there was ever a contest for marinade names, I think Honey-Jalapeno would win.

Along with honey and jalapenos, I added a bunch of other flavors to the marinade that are great with pork: Lemons, thyme, garlic, and paprika. Good stuff.

You can marinade the pork up to a day in advance in the refrigerator. Just bring it to room temperature before throwing it on your grill.

Grilled Pork Chops flavored with a sweet and spicy honey-jalapeño marinade, an easy summer meal ready in just 20 minutes!

And speaking of grills, my preferred grill is this one by Weber. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that other grills may have, but it’s a solid model that does it’s job perfectly. I use it several times per week for one reason or another and I just love it. I highly recommend it.

Serve these delicious pork chops on a bed of rice or with grilled vegetables. Some salsa isn’t a bad idea, either!

Stay cool, friends. I’m near that Southern California wildfire that is currently raging, although I’m not in the danger zone. I can see the smoke from my house. Here’s hoping they get that under control soon.

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Grilled Pork Chops flavored with a sweet and spicy honey-jalapeno marinade, an easy summer meal ready in just 20 minutes!
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Grilled Pork Chops with Honey-Jalapeño Marinade

Grilled Pork Chops flavored with a sweet and spicy honey-jalapeño marinade, an easy summer meal ready in just 20 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 428 kcal


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds bone-in pork chops


  1. In a large zipper-top plastic bag, add oil, lemon zest and juice, honey, garlic, jalapeño, thyme, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Mash to combine.
  2. Add the pork chops and rub until evenly coated. Marinade for up 2 hours at room temperature, turning occasionally, or in the refrigerator overnight. If refrigerated, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  3. Preheat the grill or grill pan. Grill the chops directly over medium-high heat, turning often, until well browned, about 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a medium-low heat part of the grill or grill pan and cover, cooking until the chops register 155°F on an internal thermometer, about 2 to 4 minutes more.
  4. Transfer the chops to a platter and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let the chops rest 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. The honey-jalapeno marinade is very good! I was hesitant to try it for my family but everyone loved it, especially my husband. The only change I made was to use olive oil instead of vegetable oil and it was delicious. I didn’t have and couldn’t find ‘sweet paprika’ so I used a combo of regular store bought McCormicks paprika and I had some smoked paprika on hand. I just split the difference. I did marinade overnight with marinade & pork chops in Ziploc bag turning several times. We used the grill. The chops were tender and delicious. The jalapeno flavor is just slightly there. My family said this was definitely a keeper!

    • Sherry, I really appreciate your comment! I am so delighted that you tried the recipe, especially since it has a somewhat adventurous-sounding name. You are right, the jalapeno is not too overwhelming. I’m terrible with spicy foods and this is just right! Good call on swapping out the oil for olive oil. I will try that myself going forward; I do normally prefer olive oil for most of my cooking. I am no grill master so I use the indoor grill pan, but I do think things just taste better on a regular grill. Maybe someday! :) Thank you again for trying the recipe and leaving your feedback. Much appreciated!

  2. I don’t often make marinades, but reading your post has made me ask myself why. This sounds like a delicious idea, and I can see it working for all kinds of meat. Especially as we don’t usually have the heat problem over here – we can grill to our heart’s content! :-)

    • Thank you so much, Helen! It’s easy to skip marinades for me too because I just love the meat so much, it doesn’t even NEED anything! But this is a fun way to make if only for the name, and it tastes great. :) Hope you’re doing well!!

  3. This looks great Meggan!  I love the pictures…the stark white rice on the black plate looks dynamite!  

    • Thanks girlie!!! I seriously doubted my photos, I personally love the chops with rice on the side but I was like… does this work??? Thanks. :)

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