Jul 11

Grilled Lemon-Basil Pork Chops with Lemon-Basil Orzo #GrillPorkLikeASteak

Grilled Lemon-Basil Pork Chops

I'm sure you're all well aware that pork is a delicious, budget-friendly protein perfect for any summer gathering, but have you heard the latest news about pork? The National Pork Board recently renamed a number of your favorite cuts of pork to match the names of popular cuts of beef for easier identification and preparation.

New pork names you'll see:

  • Porterhouse Pork Chop (Previous name: Loin Chop)
  • Ribeye Pork Chop, Bone-In (Previous name: Rib Chop Center)
  • Ribeye Pork Chop (Previous name: Rib Chop)
  • New York Pork Chop (Previous name: Top Loin Chop)

Plus it makes it easier to identify the cost savings of using pork in your favorite dishes!

Current USA Pork Pricing Data

Speaking of favorite dishes, the National Pork Board asked me to create a special pork recipe to share in honor of these new names, so I came up with this delicious grilled pork chop that features a zingy lemon-basil flavor.

And the best part? Four servings, each with a side of lemon-basil orzo, comes in at under $10!

Grilled Lemon-Basil Pork Chops with Lemon-Basil Orzo

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Lemon-Basil Pork Chops with Lemon-Basil Orzo


  • 4 bone-in ribeye (rib) pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick
  • 3 small lemons
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 8 ounces orzo
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Zest and juice lemons. In a small bowl, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and basil.
  2. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the mixture. Transfer remaining mixture to a large resealable bag and add pork. Set aside for 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare orzo according to package directions. Drain and return orzo to the pot. Stir in reserved lemon-basil mixture and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  4. Prepare a grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove pork from marinade; discard marinade. Season pork with salt and pepper and grill until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. Remove chops from grill and let rest 3 minutes.
  6. Serve chops with orzo.


Need a little more inspiration? Be sure to check out these other delicious recipes created by fellow bloggers, all part of the 10 for $10 recipe collection on the Pork Be Inspired site:

While you're there, be sure to check out the Pork Chop Drop Sweepstakes. You can instantly win a $1 off $2 pork purchase coupon or $1,000! Enter daily through July 31st to win.

This post is brought to you by the National Pork Board. All opinions are 100% mine.

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