Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade

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Grilled pork chops are a favorite at our house, and we’ve figured out the perfect marinade for a flavorful chop. Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade uses only a handful of ingredients to pack on the flavor.

I love grilling all types of meat, but grilled pork chops are one of my favorites.  Grilling pork chops can be tricky. I’m sure you’ve had a tough pork chop in your day, and there’s nothing appetizing about a tough, old piece of meat.

What’s the trick to grilling pork chops without drying them out?

One way to ensure a moist pork chop is to marinate them before grilling. Using a marinade is twofold. First off, a marinade is a way to flavor your meat, and secondly, marinades contain some type of acid or acidic ingredient to break down the tough meat fibers and make them more tender.

Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade Recipe

This Lemon Rosemary Marinade for pork contains lemon juice, a very acidic ingredient that is the key to a moist chop.  Other types of acidic ingredients often used in marinades are vinegar, buttermilk, wine and tomatoes.

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I found this recipe for rosemary pork chops in an old church cook book from Waynesburg Christian Church. The original author used this lemon marinade for lamb chops, but I converted it to a lemon pork chop marinade. With that being said, Rosemary Lemon Lamb Chops would be awesome too!

Rosemary Lemon Marinade Ingredients:

Fresh or dried rosemary

Fresh or dried sage

Garlic, crushed

Olive Oil

Lemon Juice

Salt

Black Pepper

How to Make Pork Chop Marinade with Lemon Rosemary:

For the full ingredient amounts, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Combine and whisk rosemary, sage, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. Cover pork chops with marinade. Massage rosemary lemon marinade into pork chops.
  3. Let marinate for a minimum of 3 hours. Can be marinated overnight.
  4. Grill according to your liking.

Notes About Lemon Rosemary Pork Chop Marinade:

  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice packs the most flavor, but bottled lemon juice can be used if desired.
  • Use either fresh or dried rosemary.  For fresh rosemary, use 1 tablespoon, and for dried, use 1/2 tablespoon.
  • The same applies for sage.  Use 1 teaspoon fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage.
  • Fresh garlic is a powerhouse of flavor, and I always recommend using it if possible. With that being said, jarred, minced garlic could also be used.
  • A mild tasting oil such as canola or soybean could be swapped in for olive oil, if desired.
  • A large resealable bag works great as a vessel to marinate meat.  Remove the air, and seal tightly.  Massage meat occasionally.
  • Lemon Rosemary Marinade is great for lamb chops too.
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Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade

Grilled pork chops is a favorite entrée at our house, and we've figured out the perfect marinade for a flavorful chop. Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade uses only a handful of ingredients to pack on the flavor.
Prep Time5 mins
Marinating Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make pork marinade, pork chop marinade, rosemary lemon pork chop marinade
Servings: 4 people
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried rosemary (see notes for fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage (see notes for fresh)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-4 pork chops

Instructions

  • Whisk together rosemary, sage, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
    Grilled pork chops is a favorite entrée at our house, and we've figured out the perfect marinade for a flavorful chop. Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade uses only a handful of ingredients to pack on the flavor.
  • Pour over pork chops. Let marinate for a minimum of 3 hours.
    Grilled pork chops is a favorite entrée at our house, and we've figured out the perfect marinade for a flavorful chop. Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade uses only a handful of ingredients to pack on the flavor.
  • Grill to your liking.
    Grilled pork chops is a favorite entrée at our house, and we've figured out the perfect marinade for a flavorful chop. Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade uses only a handful of ingredients to pack on the flavor.

Notes

  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice packs the most flavor, but bottled lemon juice can be used if desired.
  • Use either fresh or dried rosemary.  For fresh rosemary, use 1 tablespoon, and for dried, use 1/2 tablespoon.
  • The same applies for sage.  Use 1 teaspoon fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage.
  • Fresh garlic is a powerhouse of flavor, and I always recommend using it if possible. With that being said, jarred, minced garlic could also be used.
  • A mild tasting oil such as canola or soybean could be swapped in for olive oil, if desired.
  • A large zip-lock bag works great as a vessel to marinate meat.  Remove the air, and seal tightly.  Massage meat occasionally. 
  • Lemon Rosemary Marinade is great for lamb chops too.

 

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