Low Carb Grilled Pork Chop Recipe
Pork chops are a tender cut of meat and have a great, mild flavor. They cook quickly and are super versatile as they can be made with a lot of different sauces and toppings, which is why for this recipe we went with this delicious rosemary lime butter mixture. The ingredients used in the topping mixture can all be found in a typical household and are all low in carbohydrates, so you can be sure to have a keto dinner with great flavor without all the extra sugars sneaking into your food!
Since these keto pork chops can be prepared and cooked very quickly, this recipe makes for the perfect keto friendly weeknight dinner, especially for busy families, but it can also be done as a meal for a fancier date night at home with your loved one or even when having guests over! What we love about this keto friendly grilled pork chops recipe is that they taste like comfort food, whilst also looking like something you can be served from a high quality restaurant!
Some low carb side dishes which would be delicious to serve with these pork chops to make it a full meal are roasted asparagus, gluten-free keto rolls, or sugar-free coleslaw!
Is Pork Allowed on the Keto Diet?
Yes, pork is allowed on the keto diet! Most cuts of pork are higher in fat and lower in carbs, especially when compared to other leaner meats. This helps those who are on a keto diet to stay satisfied and decrease hunger levels all day. The great thing about pork is that due to its fat content, it can make keto meals very flavorful without needing to add a lot of other ingredients!
Benefits of Bone-In Pork Chops
When it comes to pork chops, you can buy either bone-in or boneless. For this recipe, we are using bone-in pork chops, which we highly recommend! This recipe doesn’t even require marinading the pork chops the day before, so they can easily be made in a couple of minutes, especially because this recipe calls for cooking them on a grill! One thing we recommend is that the pork chops are not left on the grill for more than the time we suggest in this recipe, as since they cook really quickly, they can also easily be overcooked and thus, result in tough, dry meat.
Bone-in pork chops have an added dimension of flavor and richness, compared to boneless pork chops. Due to having the bone still in when they are cooked, these are considered to be thicker cuts. Thicker cuts act better at retaining moisture in them and cook up the juiciest. On the other hand, boneless pork chops cook really fast and it is very easy to over cook them. Moreover, the thicker the pork chop, the more time they have a chance to develop a nice crust on the outside.
When it comes to health benefits, pork chops have a lot of nutrients in them such as iron and potassium, amongst other essential nutrients. Specifically to bone-in pork chops, nutrients from the bone are released as they cook, which is an added benefit!
How To Grill Pork Chops
The best and also the simplest way to grill pork chops is to season them with salt and pepper and grill until an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit (medium) is reached. The chops are first seared over high heat for 2 minutes on each side, in order to get the grill marks.Then, the pork chops should be moved over to indirect heat for 5 to 6 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time for the pork chops to get that nice crust on the outside whilst still remaining juicy on the inside. The rosemary lime butter mixture should be added after this stage as that way, they would have already started to cook and will slowly incorporate the taste and retain the juiciness of the compound mixture. The grill is to remain covered the whole time if possible to keep heat inside. Boneless pork chops are cooked in the same way that bone-in pork chops are, they just require less cooking time.
How Do I Know My Pork Chops Are Cooked All the Way Through?
When they’re cooked all the way through on the grill, pork chops should have nice grill marks and they should be fairly firm. When cooking the pork chops to 145°F, the meat becomes tender, juicy and remains just the right shade of pink. It is fine to have a little pink inside your pork chops, as a little pink does not mean it is not edible. However, we always recommend measuring the internal temperature with a probe thermometer as it is the ideal way to test if the pork chops are thoroughly cooked.
How Long to Grill Pork Chops?
As a general rule, when it comes to grilling keto pork chops, you need to cook them hot and fast. The cooking time varies from one pork chop to another because not all chops are of the same thickness. Bone-in pork chops take a little longer to cook, since the cut is thicker. Nonetheless, pork chops should be heated to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, to ensure food safety and also to get the juiciest pork chops perfect for the keto diet!
Pork on the Carnivore Diet
If you are on the carnivore diet, pork is a great meat to break up all of the beef you are consuming and to keep your diet interesting. Grilled pork chops are an easy recipe you can make on the carnivore diet. If you are a strict carnivore, just season your chops with salt and finish with butter at the end. There is no need to add all the herbs and seasoning to the compound butter mixture unless you are allowing yourself a little amount of herbs for flavor.
Another pork recipe to try on the carnivore diet is pork ribs cooking in a slow cooker.