What could be more southern than Grilled Pork Chops smothered in a bold Carolina BBQ Sauce? This BBQ Pork Chops are rich and tangy with a kick at the end.
My BBQ lineage is a little shaky.
You see, I grew up in Oklahoma, which is wedged between Texas dry-rub brisket country and Kansas City sweet and spicy rib country. Not to mention I now live in North Carolina, where BBQ means pulled pork and a tomato-free sauce.
Carolina BBQ sauce is something I had never experienced before I moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I had never seen BBQ sauce that wasn’t a shade of red.
Now I live in a land with two distinct varieties of sauce. Cider BBQ Sauce (North Carolina) is thin, spicy and super tangy, and Mustard BBQ Sauce (South Carolina) is rich, zesty and… well, mustardy.
It took me a few years to acknowledge these two as real BBQ sauce, but now that I’ve accepted them, I’ve grown to love them.
There are many variations of Carolina BBQ Sauce. My version is a quick dump-and-stir variety, great for using on the fly. It’s spicy and tangy with a bit of depth and sweetness from molasses.
The Carolina BBQ Sauce is wonderful on all sorts of dishes, but I love it best on Grilled Pork Chops.
These easy BBQ Pork Chops are the perfect way to showcase Carolina BBQ Sauce. I brushed the pork chops with the mustard BBQ sauce before grilling. Then pour an ample dose of sauce over the top when serving the grilled pork chops. We just couldn’t get enough of them!
I served the BBQ Pork Chops with Bush’s Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Beans. The combination of the zippy Mustard BBQ Sauce with the rich sweetness of the Grillin’ Beans sauce was a winner on many levels.
I’ve been impressed with every Bush’s Grillin’ Beans flavor I’ve tried, but the South Pit Barbecue might just be my favorite.
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Grilled Pork Chops + Carolina BBQ Sauce
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:8 minutes
Grilled Pork Chops brushed with a zesty Mustard BBQ Sauce.
For the Carolina BBQ Sauce:
- 3/4 cup spicy brown mustard
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
For the BBQ Pork Chops:
- 4 Bone-In Pork Chops
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat the grill to high heat. Pour all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce into a bowl and whisk together.
- Separate 1/3 cup of Carolina BBQ sauce out of the bowl. Brush it over the pork chops on both sides. Salt and pepper liberally.
- Grill the chops for 3-4 minutes per side. 3 minutes for a slightly pink center. Cover the pork chops with foil and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve the BBQ Pork Chops warm with extra mustard BBQ sauce and Bush’s Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Beans!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans. All bean-loving opinions are my own.