Jack Daniel’s Double Kick Marinated Pork Chops + Video

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Jack Daniel’s Marinated Pork Chops are soaked in a fabulous mixture of Jack and spices. The red chili pepper gives these pork chops a little heat, but the whiskey adds such an amazing smoky and sweet flavor that you really have to try this recipe! Perfect on the grill or in the oven.

titled: Jack Daniels Double Kick Grilled Pork Chops


Marinated Pork Chops

Pork chops are an old family staple, but I was always afraid that the grill would dry them out.

After coming up with the best grilled pork chop marinade, I’m pleased to announce that the pork chops turned out incredibly moist — my husband declared them his favorite chops ever!

marinading pork chops in jack Daniel's double kick sauce

The Jack Daniels marinade features a few spices for heat, plus molasses for deep, rich flavor.

Recipe Video

To see us make this grilled pork chop marinade recipe, watch the video in this post!

In fact, these marinated pork chops were so addicting that I had to come up with a few more Jack Daniels recipes!

This bacon mac and cheese has certainly become a favorite, but the salted caramel fudge brownies were the most surprising creation!

They have just enough smoky flavor to make each bite a little more interesting.

2 pork chops on the grill

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Pork – Look for bone-in chops that are 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick. I don’t recommend boneless chops, as they tend to dry out on the grill.
  • Whiskey – Of course, I recommend a bottle of Jack for Jack Daniels recipes!

    Feel free to swap in your favorite whiskey, or use apple cider vinegar for an alcohol-free version of these marinated pork chops (but the alcohol does cook off either way).
  • Molasses – This provides richness to the Jack Daniels marinade and complements the smoky flavor. Find it near the maple syrup or in the baking aisle.
  • Chili Pepper Paste – I use Gourmet Garden, which can be found in the produce section with the herbs.

    You could use any of the varieties in the international aisle, though they may be a bit hotter.
brushing pork chop with jack daniel's sauce

Grilled Pork Chop Marinade Tips

  • The longer, the better! Let the meat sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but up to overnight.

    Extra time allows the chops to really soak up the flavor, plus it helps to tenderize the meat as well.
  • Make a Jack Daniels glaze. Simply double the recipe, then use half for the grilled pork chop marinade and cook the other half on the stove.

    Bring to a boil, then simmer until the Jack Daniels marinade reduces by half.

    I like to brush it over the chops while they cook, then serve the rest on the side for dipping.
  • Don’t have a grill? You can prepare these marinated pork chops in a cast iron skillet.

    Preheat the skillet over medium-high heat and sear the chops on both sides. Then, place the skillet in the oven at 350°F for 3-5 minutes, until cooked through.
perfectly grilled jack daniel's double kick marinated pork chops

Serving Suggestions

Nothing pairs better with grilled pork chops than a refreshing cole slaw! You could also make a big batch of potato or pasta salad for a large cookout.

And when summer fruit is at its peak, try my Orange Honey Rainbow Fruit Salad.

Jack Daniels Recipes FAQ

Can I make Jack Daniels glaze ahead of time?

Yes — in fact, I tend to make it by the bucketful in the summertime!

Once reduced and thickened, allow the Jack Daniels glaze to cool. Transfer to an airtight container (I love to use Mason jars) and refrigerate for a week or two.

What is the safe internal temp to eat pork?

Both the USDA and National Pork Board advise that all pork — including chops and roasts — should reach an internal temperature of at least 145°F.

Then, allow a 3-minute resting time before slicing. This allows for any thermometer discrepancies and ensures that each bite is tender and juicy.

How do you tell if a pork chop is done without a thermometer?

While not advised, it’s possible to check pork doneness by touch. Press down in the center of the chop with your tongs — if it’s soft, it’s still raw in the middle. You don’t want it to be solid and firm, though, as that means it’s very well done.

Aim for firm to the touch with a little give when pressed in the center. The meat should also be pale pink or white when sliced.

cutting a jack daniel's double kick marinated pork chop

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Jack Daniel’s Double Kick Marinated Pork Chops

Donna Elick
These Marinated Pork Chops are soaked in a fabulous mixture of Jack Daniels whiskey and spices. Perfect on the grill or in the oven!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Grill
Servings 3


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons molasses
  • ½ cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper paste, I used Gourmet Garden
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds bone in pork chops, ½” – ¾” thick


  • Combine ingredients (except pork chops) in a medium size bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add pork chops to a gallon size resealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over pork chops. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes up to overnight.
  • Preheat grill to medium high. Place pork chops on grill and sear on both sides. Remove to indirect heat and cook until done.
  • Place the pork chops on the grill and sear both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Move the pork chops away from the flame. Cook over indirect heat with the grill closed until they are somewhat firm to the touch or until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into the center of a chop, away from the bone, registers 145°F, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the pork chops to a platter and let rest for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

You can prepare these in a cast iron skillet. Place pork chops in a preheated skillet over medium high heat. Sear on both sides. Place skillet in oven 350°F for 3-5 minutes until cooked through.
You can double the recipe for the marinade and cook half of the sauce until it is thick. I brush it on the pork chops while they cook over indirect heat and also serve it along side them. You could also prepare this grill sauce. I make the grill sauce by the bucket. It is so good and tastes amazing on everything. We even use it to dip our fries in.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 807cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 765mg | Sugar: 20g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published June 2013, updated and republished July 2023

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  1. This looks exciting, flavor bursting on one's tongue. Would like to try this one. Bet it tastes good even with chicken or beef.

    1. You can usually find it in the international aisle. But, I used Gourmet Garden which is in the produce aisle at your local market or grocery store. Hope the helps. Let me know if you need more help.

    1. The alcohol will cook off if that is your concern. You could also use apple cider vinegar in its place, Jack has such a unique flavor that it will taste different, but it will be spectacular.

      Enjoy! Let us know how it goes.


  2. Hi!!
    I made this marinade yesterday and put some rib eye steaks in it for about 6 hours. OMG!!!! They were the best steaks I have ever made and my husband said lets try it on chicken and pork chops!!
    My husband is like Mikey, he'll eat anything but he LOVED this Jack Daniels Double Kick Pork Chops marinade!!
    Can't wait to try it on the chops!!
    Thank you so much!!!!

  3. I made Rib Eye Steaks last night with this marinade. They were fabulous!!
    My husband raved about them. I will be trying Jack Daniels Double Kick Pork Chops marinade on pork chops and chicken.
    Thank you for such a great recipe!!

  4. I tried it on Ribeyes last weekend and on Sunday we marinaded 2 whole chickens in it and made them Beer Butt style. The only thing I changed was Sugar to Truvia.

    OMG!!! Everyone loved it!! I made a little extra for dipping sauce. It has been a huge HIT at my house!! Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks for stopping by. I would sear them in a greased cast iron skillet and then place the skillet in a 350 degree oven until they are cooked through (about 5-10 minutes). Enjoy.

  5. sounds delish!!!!!!!!! I make my meatloaf with Jack and it is so fantastic just ground beef onion egg ketchup jack and finely chopped bell pepper…yummmmm

  6. We loved it. I didn’t have Jack Daniels but used the apple cider vinegar. I fried them with a little of the sauce, when done to temperature, shutoff the stove (gas) and pour the rest over the chops, it sizzled and thickened.

    On another note, I down loaded one of your books, now I can’t find it. I read through it. Do you have any ideas?

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