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.
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!
The Jack Daniels marinade features a few spices for heat, plus molasses for deep, rich flavor.
In fact, these marinated pork chops were so addicting that I had to come up with a few more Jack Daniels recipes!
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They have just enough smoky flavor to make each bite a little more interesting.
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.
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.
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Jack Daniels Recipes FAQ
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.
Then, allow a 3-minute resting time before slicing. This allows for any thermometer discrepancies and ensures that each bite is tender and juicy.
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.
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Other Pork Chop Recipes
Jack Daniel’s Double Kick Marinated Pork Chops
- 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!
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.
Originally published June 2013, updated and republished July 2023
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