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Grilled Cinnamon Coffee Rubbed Pork Chops

Grilled Cinnamon Coffee Rubbed Pork Chops are juicy and delicious! Boneless pork chops are rubbed in a tasty spice blend and grilled to perfection for tender boneless pork chops.

Pork chop on a plate with veggies

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Fire up your grill and give these dry-rubbed pork chops a try. Lean boneless pork cooks quickly on the grill for a quick and easy dinner!

The dry rub on the boneless pork chops is the perfect blend of salty, savory yet slightly sweet and perfect for a quick dinner with a side of roasted potatoes.

Why this Recipe Works

  • It’s quick! Dinner can be on the table in less than one hour.
  • It’s made with ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen.
the ingredients for dry rubbed pork chops: boneles pork chops, cinnamon, chili powder, cocoa powder, sea salt, garlic powder

Here is What You Will Need


  • boneless pork chops
  • coffee grounds
  • sea salt
  • cinnamon
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • coconut sugar


Here is How To Make Grilled Cinamon Coffee Pork Chops

Get all of the ingredients ready: Measure the dry rub ingredients. Preheat the grill to medium to high heat.

two boneless pork chops on white parchement with a dish of the mixed seasoning rub

Step 1. Mix the dry rub

Mix the dry rub ingredients together. In a small bowl or plate.

two boneless pork chops on parchment paper with dry rub on them

Step 2. Coat the chops

Use a knife, the back of a spoon, or your hands to press the dry rub into both sides of the chops. Set the chops aside at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes while the grill heats up.

two boneless pork chops covered with dry rub on the grill

Step 3. Cook the chops

Once the grill is hot, place the pork chops onto the grill and reduce the grill heat to medium-high heat; cook the chops for 8 minutes and flip them over. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes longer or until they reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees.

Note: You will only need about 1 tablespoon or less per side of pork chop. The leftover dry rub can be stored in your spice rack for up to six months.

boneless pork chops on a cutting board

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

Boneless Pork Chops – I like to use boneless pork chops, they cook quickly and are super moist and flavorful. You can easily substitute them for bone-in pork chops or pork tenderloin. Cooking time may vary with different cuts of meat.

Coconut Sugar – Is what I like to use when I cook. If you don’t have it, you can substitute it with an equal amount of brown sugar.

Sea Salt. Can be replaced 1 to 1 with kosher salt.

Serving Suggestions

Coffee-rubbed pork chops taste great with a side of grilled vegetables, spicy mango habanero salsa, zucchini fritters, tomato pie, green beans and bacon a baked potato or roasted potatoes.

Make-Ahead Instructions

This recipe is a fast-cooking recipe that takes very little time to prepare. You can, however, save a little bit of time by mixing the dry rub together a day or two before making this recipe.

Store the dry rub in a cool dry place and just before cooking, rub it on the chops and cook them according to the recipe instructions.

Storing and Using Leftovers

Leftover grilled pork chops can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container.

Reheat leftovers in the oven, on top of the stove, or in the microwave.

Leftover ideas – Slice the leftover pork thin and toss it into a salad, chop them into small pieces and make pork fried rice, stir fry them with veggies, serve them between two slices of bread or in a pita for a sandwich, or roll them in a wrap.

Leftover Spice Mix. Depending on how much rub you use, you might have some left over. If you do, store leftover rub mix in a cool dry place for up to six months.

an overhead view of a grilled pork chop, grilled zucchini and a salad

Recipe Variations

Change up the meat. Replace pork with boneless chicken breasts, thighs, steak or meaty fish such as swordfish.

Make it spicy. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the dry rub.


  • Try an instant-read meat thermometer for the quickest and best results.
  • For best results, let the meat sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes for even cooking.
  • Brush a little bit of olive oil on the chops before adding the dry rub.

Can I make coffee-rubbed pork chops on top of the stove instead of a grill?

Yes, you can. Here is how: heat a cast-iron skillet over medium to high heat.  Once the pan is hot, add the pork chops covered in the spice rub to the pan.  Cook for 6 to 8 minutes and turn them. Cook for about 8 minutes longer checking the internal temperature.

What does a coffee rub do to pork chops?

When coffee is rubbed on pork chops, it creates a delicious and flavorful crust on the meat. In addition, the acidity in coffee also acts as a meat tenderizer.

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A plate full of veggies and a grilled pork chop

Grilled Autumn Spice Coffee Rubbed Pork Chops

Grilled Cinnamon Coffee Rubbed Pork Chops are rubbed in a tasty spice blend and grilled quickly for tender and juicy grilled boneless pork chops.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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Course: Grilling Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee rubbed pork chops, grilled coffee rubbed pork chops
Servings: 2
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Anne
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  • 1/2 pound boneless pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon coffee
  • 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coco powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coconut sugar or sucanat


  • Pre-heat the grill to to high heat.
  • Mix together the spice blend
  • Using a spoon or knife, rub the spice blend into each pork chop on both sides
  • Allow the spice rub to sit on the pork chops for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Place the pork chops on the grill; reduce the heat to medium and cook the chops for 8 minutes and flip them over.
  • Cook for approximately 8 to 10 minutes longer checking the internal temperature which should be at least 145..
  • Remove the pork chops from the grill and allow them to rest for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.


Store leftover pork chops in an airtight container for up to three days.
Store leftover spice blend in your spice cabinet for up to six months
See the post above for serving suggestions, variations and more.


Serving: 1/4 pound chops | Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 930mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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  1. I feel silly asking this…but do you use a tablespoon of brewed coffee and make a paste of the spices, or do you add a tablespoon of powdered coffee to the spice mix? This really sounds great and boneless chops were on sale this week!

    1. Hi Cynde! I use the coffee grounds as a dry rub which gives the pork chops a slightly crispy coating, but you can also make a paste too!