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Grilled Spicy Korean Pork Chops and Onions

Points® value
Total Time
8 hr 40 min
20 min
20 min
Ready for something special? This is your meal! Prep the pork in the marinade and let the night do the work. Pork chops are fast-cooking and taste great when grilled. Trim off any excess fat to avoid flare-ups and burnt meat. If you like pork tenderloin, you can swap in a one-pound tenderloin in place of the chops. The marinade is also excellent with chicken, so make some extra and give it a try.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Ginger root

1 tbsp(s), peeled, grated

Sambal oelek

1 tbsp(s)

Packed brown sugar

1 tbsp(s), divided

Soy sauce

1 tsp(s)

Uncooked lean bone-in center rib pork chop or roast

16 oz, 4 (4-oz) pork chops


2 medium, sweet variety, cut crosswise into 1⁄2-inch slices

Unseasoned rice vinegar

1 tbsp(s)

Dark sesame oil

½ tsp(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)


  1. In shallow dish, stir ginger, sambal oelek, 2 tsp brown sugar, and soy sauce. Add pork and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Off heat, coat grill rack or grill pan with nonstick spray. Preheat gas grill or grill pan to medium-high, or prepare medium-high fire in charcoal grill.
  3. Coat onion slices on both sides with nonstick spray and transfer to grill. Remove pork from marinade. (Discard marinade.) Transfer pork to grill. Cook onions until browned and tender, 6 to 7 minutes per side. Cook pork, turning occasionally, until pork is glazed and browned and instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 145°F, about 15 minutes. Transfer pork to cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Transfer onions to large bowl.
  4. Add vinegar, oil, salt, and remaining 1 tsp brown sugar to onions and toss to coat. Serve pork chops with onions.
  5. Serving size: 1 pork chop and 1⁄2 cup onions