These authentic and flavorful Vietnamese pork chops are marinated in fragrant lemongrass, savory fish sauce, and a touch of sugar and honey. Grill them over medium-high heat for picture-perfect grill marks, and nice charred edges.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, lemongrass, shallot, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil and salt.
Pour the marinade over the pork chops in the plastic bag, making sure it evenly coats each piece of meat.
Seal and place the bag in a large bowl (as the bones may puncture the bag) in the refrigetor overnight.
To grill, preheat the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, on medium high heat. Grill for about 6 minutes on each side (see notes below for grill time for thicker cuts).
*Nutritional facts provided are only an estimate, accuracy is not guaranteed.
To get nice charred grill marks and better caramelization, make sure to preheat your grill to at least 400 Fahrenheit, and shake off the excess marinade before placing the chops on the grill. Only turn once.
A ½” thick chop takes about 5 minutes per side to reach medium doneness. A ¾” thick chop takes about 6 minutes per side. And for a 1” thick chop, cook for about 7 to 8 minutes per side.
The pork chops should reach at least 145 Fahrenheit in the thickest part, which will be cooked medium.
You can also use this lemongrass marinade for delicious grilled chicken.