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Cajun Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops

Shoe-leather pork!  

That’s what we had for dinner one evening years ago, after grilling pork chops on the Weber for the first time ~ they went straight from the packaging to the grill to the garbage.

Then I learned about rubs and brines to tenderize pork before grilling.  Pork is the one of the most versatile meats that can hold its own with bold seasonings. 

Purchase chops of about 1” thickness, no thin or frail chops.  Then rub them with the Cajun spices and let set in the refrigerator for at least an hour, before grilling them to perfection.

The flavors of this Cajun rub are spicy, with a touch of sweetness for moist and delicious chops.

We were amazed how tender and delicious the chops turned out ~ we ate Succulent and Smoky Chops for dinner last night!

Cajun Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops


4 (1” thick) center-cut loin pork chops, with excess fat trimmed
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon dried oregano


Combine the rub ingredients in a small bowl, 1-8 hours before grilling.
Coat the chops with the rub and place in a Ziploc bag.
Refrigerate 1 to 8 hours.
Transfer chops onto the grill over medium heat.
Cook for 18-20 minutes to 150 degrees internal temperature, turning once or twice.



  1. Pam, We love pork chops especially when they're cooked correctly. Too many restaurants cook them to death, removing the moisture and flavor. We have pork chops about once every week or so, baking them in the oven so this cajun rub will work great for us! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. I grew up on shoe leather pork chops! My mother, operating under the pork must be cooked well (really well) rule, served up some pretty tough chops. Country ham was another well-cooked item. So much so, that one could just break off a piece and crunch it like hard candy. Brining is the way to go. Cajun seasoning even better!!


  3. Dear Pam, I do think pork is one of my favorite meats. It tastes good from sauces to the bbq.
    These look and sound wonderful.
    Have a beautiful week. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  4. They look very succulent. So may overcook pork today.

  5. Hi Pam , Deliciously good pork chops . Rubs to make pork more tender and way you cook it , roasts etc. and the other white meat ;-D , My mouth is watering thanks for sharing :)

  6. I cooked that dinner in our "new" home 30+ years ago, only it was baked. Didn't use an oven thermometer & my oven was 75° hotter. Not good! Your Grilled Pork Chops look very good! :)

  7. Though I am not a big pan of pork, but this looks really tempting :)

  8. Good sounding spice package Pam and good looking chop.

  9. Ooh, such a terrific, flavorful rub! I'd love to try this soon, Pam. Thanks!

  10. I like how well pork pairs with all kinds of seasonings. And I love it even more when cheapy cuts go for low low prices.

  11. My husband LOVES pork chops on the grill so I'll be sharing this recipe with him :) It sounds wonderful, Pam!

  12. Love these pork chops and the rub is fab! Will have to try them soon. Have a great weekend, cher!

  13. Lovely flavors and scrumptious dish!




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