Apple Soy Grilled Pork Chops America's best food blog

The secret to KILLER Grilled Pork Chops any day of the week starts with a simple yet delicious marinade. A mix of soy sauce, apple sauce  and honey makes the most delicious, tender and juicy pork chops. The salt in the soy sauce acts as a brine drawing moisture deep into the pork chop. A brine is the single best thing you can do for your pork chop before you cook and eat it. Check out this Maple Syrup Brined Pork Chop recipe and you will be a BELIEVER! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board…but you already know how much I like pork. All opinions are my own.

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This is pork chops and apple sauce as you’ve never seen it before. Apples and pork are a well known pairing especially if you were a fan of “The Brady Bunch” …I may be giving my age away but that’s okay. Instead of serving the apples as a side dish the apples go into a marinade to add body and fruity flavor to soy sauce. The combination of soy, apples, honey and ginger gives the grilled pork chops a flavor that my son said reminds him of his favorite Korean Barbecue restaurant. The apple sauce really allows the marinade to stick to the pork chops so the flavors can cling to every part of the chop.

You can make this marinade as spicy as you like by increasing or decreasing the amount of red pepper flakes. Grated fresh ginger and a clove or two of chopped fresh garlic add layers of flavor to this delicious low fat grilled dish.

The most important thing to remember when cooking pork chops (or any meat for that matter) is to check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer. Cooking pork chops to 145 degrees and letting them rest for 3-5 minutes will insure that your pork chops will be as juicy as a Georgia peach. These would actually be delicious with some peaches!

I serve these pork chops with steamed white rice, shredded carrots, cucumbers and Kimchi Style Sweet Vidalia Onions from THIS recipe

Apple Soy grilled pork chops America's best food blog


Apple Soy grilled pork chops America's best food blog

Apple and Soy Grilled Pork Chops

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 day 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves-smashed
  • red pepper flakes -to taste
  • 4 center cut pork chops ½ -3/4 inches thick


  • Mix soy sauce, apple sauce, honey, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes in a plastic zip top bag
  • Add the pork chops and coat them with the marinade
  • Refrigerate1 hour up to 24 hours.
  • Let the pork chops sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling
  • Drain the marinade, oil your grill grates and grill over hot coals until internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 140 degrees, about 4-6 minutes per side.
  • Let the meat rest for 3 minutes tented with aluminum foil, the internal temperature should reach 145 degrees while the meat is resting

Grilled Pork Chops


78 Comments on Apple and Soy Sauce Grilled Pork Chops

  1. Nadine A
    August 17, 2015 at 11:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Summers in London hold fond barbecue memories for me. The summer weather can be so unpredictable, so when you can get out the bbq, it’s always a good time :).

    • Demetra Overton
      August 18, 2015 at 12:19 am (9 years ago)

      Sounds lovely, even with the rain!

  2. Nikka Shae
    August 17, 2015 at 9:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Yummy!!! I wanted to bite my computer screen!!

    • Demetra Overton
      August 18, 2015 at 12:18 am (9 years ago)

      LOL!!! Thanks for stopping by NIkka!

  3. Danielle S
    August 17, 2015 at 8:57 pm (9 years ago)

    Watching my son enjoy his first grilled hot dog a couple summers ago is definitely one of my favorite memories.

  4. Terra Heck
    August 17, 2015 at 7:35 am (9 years ago)

    One of my favorites was just this past Mother’s Day. My husband grilled out for family and friends. We ate a feast of food and spent time enjoying each other’s company. Thanks.

  5. Jennifer Marie
    August 17, 2015 at 2:35 am (9 years ago)

    We would have cookouts when i was younger and we would play backyard games. We had so much fun.

  6. DJ
    August 17, 2015 at 12:18 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite memory would be my Dad teaching me to grill the perfect burger.

  7. Erika W.
    August 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime BBQ memory was camping with my then boyfriend (now husband) in Oklahoma. We cooked out over a fire and made steaks. They were the best steaks ever!

  8. Bridgett Wilbur
    August 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite memory is when my grandpa would cook for the whole family. He always made it a lot of fun.

  9. amy pugmire
    August 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm (9 years ago)

    I loved bbq-ing for fathers day every year. We we would get the entire family together, most of the time it was up in the canyon and we would play frisby and sit and chat for hours.

  10. Courtnie Miller
    August 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite BBQ memory was when I was younger, and we had a lot of family over! We don’t see them much, as they live on the other side of the country.

  11. meredith
    August 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm (9 years ago)

    My fav memory is my first BBQ at our home – we had all our neighbors and friends

  12. Emily Smith
    August 16, 2015 at 9:10 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite summer time BBQ memory is this last 4th of July. We had a huge BBQ at our house. We had lots of family and friends come, some were in town and some came from other states. It was great. Amazing food and the best company.

  13. Stacey b
    August 16, 2015 at 6:25 am (9 years ago)

    We used to have barbecues often at my grandparents house as a kid. Our whole family would get together.

  14. Tina W
    August 16, 2015 at 4:51 am (9 years ago)

    I think my favorite BBQ ever was our trip back east to visit family. I think I was 9, and ohhhhh, my Aunt Jane’s cooking was soooooo good!. Cherry chip brownies, ribs, potato salad….. I still dream about her food, many decades later.

  15. Susan Christy
    August 16, 2015 at 3:27 am (9 years ago)

    Going to church BBQ’s when I was a little girl were so much fun.

  16. Sonya Morris
    August 16, 2015 at 3:18 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime bbq memory is from my daughter’s birthday party when we invited over family and friends.

  17. Debbie B
    August 16, 2015 at 2:20 am (9 years ago)

    we enjoy having family and friends over to BBQ -its always a lot of fun

  18. Stefanie Gladden
    August 16, 2015 at 12:54 am (9 years ago)

    I love our 4th of july bbq we had a few summers ago with all my friends and family

  19. Jeffrey
    August 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime BBQ moment happened just a few weeks ago. I got a new grill and my sons and I made pizza on it for its first meal, it was EPIC!

  20. Ty
    August 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime BBQ memory is our annual birthday party/block party. Lots of our kids share the same birthday month so we have a block party BBQ to celebrate them all. It’s a lot of fun each year.

  21. Maria C
    August 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm (9 years ago)

    that would be July 4th, family get together & backyard/pool BBQ party….lots of fun, laughter & of course lots of foods & drinks as well

  22. Dawn Monroe
    August 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm (9 years ago)

    One of my favorite memories is my grandfather grilling on the fourth of July.

  23. HS
    August 14, 2015 at 3:50 am (9 years ago)

    My FAVORITE summertime barbecue memory was when we bought the first house, my family and friends came over to celebrate together.

  24. Janice Cooper
    August 14, 2015 at 2:48 am (9 years ago)

    Having a 4th of July barbecue at my Aunt’s house with the family. We had lots of fun and played games.

  25. Rachel DeHart
    August 14, 2015 at 2:27 am (9 years ago)

    My best BBQ Memory is when I was a kid and everyone came over for my birthday, we all ate outside and my papaw was there. It was a long time ago when I was like 5 and my mom and dad was still together.

  26. Melissa teears
    August 14, 2015 at 1:05 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite BBQ memories are our family’s yearly 4th of July party

  27. Stephanie
    August 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm (9 years ago)

    i love having summer parties!

  28. Meg Jollett
    August 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Running through the grass in bare feet with my cousins at our summer family reunions 🙂

  29. Kristen
    August 13, 2015 at 6:38 am (9 years ago)

    The best was when I went to visit a friend who moved out of state, and there was lots of food, family, friends and laughter!

  30. Sarah Hayes
    August 13, 2015 at 5:09 am (9 years ago)

    my favorite is when we get together at a friends house that has a pool and volleyball court!

    • Demetra Overton
      August 13, 2015 at 11:28 am (9 years ago)

      Yes to both of those! Swimming and volleyball can burn off all of those BBQ calories!

  31. Trinka Polite
    August 13, 2015 at 5:03 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite pork chop recipe is my Mom’s.. super simple.. baking dish with a bed of sliced bell peppers sprinkled with au jus mix, a little water and place the pork chops on top (seasoned with garlic, pepper & a little salt or whatever you choose) cover with foil and bake! Yum!!

    • Demetra Overton
      August 13, 2015 at 11:30 am (9 years ago)

      This sounds delicious Trinka. Thanks for sharing this recipe idea.

  32. Chris Dehart
    August 13, 2015 at 4:00 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite memories are when I go to my moms and everyone is their having a good time.

  33. Tabathia B
    August 13, 2015 at 3:41 am (9 years ago)

    The last one my grandmother was at before she died. It lasted all night and we played games, danced and cooked on the grill. I think it may have been memorial day or labor day weekend but it was a blast.

    • Demetra Overton
      August 13, 2015 at 11:29 am (9 years ago)

      That sounds like a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing this lovely memory of your grandmother.

  34. Katie J
    August 13, 2015 at 2:33 am (9 years ago)

    We BBQ every 4th of July before fireworks, those are my favorite memories.

  35. ellen casper
    August 13, 2015 at 1:45 am (9 years ago)

    Favorite memory was having my cousins come over for bbq’s in the summertime

  36. Heather Hayes Panjon
    August 12, 2015 at 9:37 pm (9 years ago)

    My Favorite Summertime BBQ Memory Is A Few Years Ago My Family Reunion.. I Got To See Relatives I Have Not Seen In Years! Great Memories And Lot’s Of Laughs!

  37. Will G
    August 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite memory is when we carried a lit grill through my house because the neighbors let us know it was illegal to grill from our deck.

  38. Steven weber
    August 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm (9 years ago)

    We would have a block party with all our neighbors and have a huge BBQ cookout.

    • Demetra Overton
      August 12, 2015 at 8:17 pm (9 years ago)

      Nothing like a big bbq to get the neighbors out! Thanks for sharing

  39. Madonna
    August 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summer barbeque was our last family reunion. It was so much fun connecting with people I hadn’t seen in years and just playing games together. Good food grilled, good company, good times

    • Demetra Overton
      August 12, 2015 at 7:52 pm (9 years ago)

      This sounds like a wonderful reunion. Thanks for sharing this lovely memory.

  40. Terri W.
    August 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm (9 years ago)

    We had a great barbeque on the 4th of July. We had fabulous grilled food, corn on the cob, salads, and desserts.

  41. Allison Swain
    August 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm (9 years ago)

    Being with family grilling out, and having fresh watermelon!

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway 😀

  42. Karen Nadeau
    August 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I love having a BBQ at the beach. We can swim, eat and have fun.

  43. Donna L
    August 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm (9 years ago)

    We had just moved into our new house and we invited our family and friends to a bbq to celebrate.

  44. Sheila K.
    August 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Several years ago we had a summer block party in my neighborhood—everyone pulled their barbecue grills out to the street and made the most delicious food, set up tables and chairs, brought out side dishes and desserts—it went on late into the night and we had a blast!

    • Demetra Overton
      August 12, 2015 at 5:16 pm (9 years ago)

      I really miss summer block parties, we used to have them in my neighborhood in Queens when I was a kid. I haven’t been to one in years. I think I’ll try to organize one for my neighborhood, thanks so much for sharing this memory

  45. kelly tupick
    August 12, 2015 at 3:19 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime BBQ memory was when we were living in Mass as a kid. The whole family got together and had a block party with friends. I remember all the BBQ’s lined up and all the food. One thing i also remember was when my mom got up there and sang. It was beautiful and a time i will never forget.

  46. Kelly D
    August 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime BBQ memory is when we through our BBQ for extended family every July. It’s always nice to look back through the pictures of our memories.

  47. Linda Carmcial
    August 12, 2015 at 4:08 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite memory is of my dad scraping the burnt homemade sauce off the tongs. He made a makeshift pit out of cinder blocks and a rack. Real redneck style! Love that memory!

    • Demetra Overton
      August 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm (9 years ago)

      That’s some good ole Yankee ingenuity right there. I love it!

  48. Lauren
    August 12, 2015 at 3:33 am (9 years ago)

    I liked having bbqs in my backyard as a child.

  49. shelly peterson
    August 12, 2015 at 2:25 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite BBQ memory/memories is when I was younger we would always bbq for my birthday at my Grandmas trailer she had at the Lake.

  50. Barbara Montag
    August 12, 2015 at 12:44 am (9 years ago)

    I remember fondly my dad loving to grill but he just didn’t have the knack for it.
    He burned most of everything on the grill.
    thank you

  51. Ashley
    August 11, 2015 at 11:33 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite bbq memory was my high school graduation party and all of my family was there

  52. Shana
    August 11, 2015 at 10:45 pm (9 years ago)

    That looks so good and pretty easy to prepare! Thanks for sharing!

  53. Tammy Shelton
    August 11, 2015 at 9:38 pm (9 years ago)

    The BBQ Ribs my granny cooked back in Texas.

  54. Amanda Sakovitz
    August 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite bbq memory was right down the street at my neighbor’s house when we were kids.

  55. Jessica To
    August 11, 2015 at 7:58 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite memory is when my husband would try new grilling recipes on chicken or steak!

  56. Elena
    August 11, 2015 at 7:56 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite memory is having a BBQ party in my grandparents house

  57. Ashley McLure
    August 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm (9 years ago)

    I don’t remember us doing BBQ much, except to support the Shriners. We’d purchase their BBQ and picnic with it in the park.

  58. Laura J
    August 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite BBQ memory was growing up we would go to my grandmas cabin all the time and she would grill BBQ chicken down the the lake! Oh it was always so good…such precious memories!

  59. David
    August 11, 2015 at 6:01 pm (9 years ago)

    We always used to go to our grandmas house in the summer for barbecues. We never ate it at home, so the only time I got to eat it was at my grandmas house.

  60. Tamra H
    August 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime BBQ memory is grilling with our extended family when I was young.

  61. Natalie
    August 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime barbecue memory was my brother’s rehearsal dinner. We had a BBQ at a local park with just family and friends. We also played frisbee!

  62. Thomas Murphy
    August 11, 2015 at 5:19 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime BBQ memory is when I was a kid my family rented a lake house for the 4th of July and have a big BBQ with family and friends.

  63. Stacey
    August 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm (9 years ago)

    My fav summertime memory is griling at my aunts house who lived on a lake. We had the best times!

  64. JehanP
    August 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm (9 years ago)

    I love a cider glazed pork chop year round! It’s so easy and delicious!

  65. Jessica Beard
    August 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm (9 years ago)

    I love every barbeque we have as a family, which is often. I love the smell of barbeque chicken and pork chops on the grill with sides of corn on the cob and potato salad. While the grilling is taking place, I love the sounds of my kids running and playing in the yard while the adults chat. I love summer!

  66. Julie Wood
    August 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm (9 years ago)

    My favorite Summertime BBQ memory is when we all got together on the 4th this Year, and my Dad was there-he had been sick, and we barbecued Baby Back Ribs. They were so delicious! We had the dinner as a Pot Luck and everyone brought a dish.

  67. Mami2jcn
    August 11, 2015 at 11:48 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime barbecue memory was the cookout we had when I graduated from college and invited all my friends over.

  68. Janet W.
    August 11, 2015 at 9:52 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite summer BBQ memory was when my family cooks out for 4th of July and we love to make BBQ chicken on the grill!

  69. Lisa Brown
    August 11, 2015 at 9:24 am (9 years ago)

    My favorite summertime BBQ memory was a family get-together, for a father’s day BBQ celebration, a few years back, at the house, where we all indulged a bit too much on ribs and potato salad 🙂


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