Grilled and Glazed Maple-Bourbon Pork Chops

Grilled and Glazed Maple-Bourbon Pork Chops

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Chops
Author A Bachelor & His Grill


  • 4 bone-in center-cut pork chops 1 1/2- to 2-inches thick
  • Dry Rub
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Granulated garlic powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Maple Bourbon Glaze
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup pecans chopped & salted
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons ground dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • To dry roast pecans, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place pecans on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and roast until golden / fragrant, ~7-10 minutes.
  • Bring the maple syrup, pecans, bourbon and mustard to a gentle simmer, cover and stir intermittently until reduced by a fourth. Remove from heat and reserve, covered.
  • Preheat half the grill to medium high, leaving the other half of the grill off for indirect cooking.
  • Liberally season the pork chops with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Let the chops rest for at least 20 minutes to come to room temperature.
  • Grill the chops 4-6 minutes per side, basting with olive oil occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and move the pork chops to the unlit side of the grill.
  • Continue grilling, basting liberally with the maple-bourbon glaze until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees and a thick, caramelized crust forms.
  • Remove from heat and tent under tin foil for 3-5 minutes to rest.
  • Drizzle with additional glaze and pecans.


Strong Recommendation: Prepare additional maple-bourbon sauce & roasted pecans. If you don't consume the entire batch over these pork chops, the sauce can store for up to a week & can be used in a multitude of meals.