Honey-Cayenne Grilled Pork Chops

Honey-Cayenne Grilled Pork Chops
Servings: 4


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder or New Mexico red-chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • Cooking spray or 2 - 4 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 bone-in pork chops (1 1/2 in. thick)
  • 4 tablespoons honey

Make It

1. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chile powder, and cayenne pepper.

2. Spray the chops on both sides with cooking spray, or brush them with 2 Tbs. olive oil, and season both sides with the spice mixture. Drizzle honey over both sides of the chops.

3. To grill the chops: Prepare a grill to medium-high. Grill the chops 5-7 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 145 degrees F and the juices run clear. Let the chops rest for 5 minutes before serving.

4. To cook chops on the stovetop: In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbs. olive oil over medium heat. Sear the chops on one side, 5-7 minutes; flip and cook another 5-7 minutes until cooked through, following the temperature guideline in Step 3. Let chops rest 5 minutes before serving.


  • I often make this with double-boned lamb chops (my kids like them just as much as pork) or boneless, butterflied pork chops (they end up thinner, which means they will cook even faster than bone-in chops).
  • Reprinted from Back to the Kitchen by Freddie Prinze Jr. Copyright (c) 2016 by Freddie Prinze Jr. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.