This easy Pork Chop Marinade makes flavorful and juicy pork every time. It’s multipurpose and perfect for boneless and bone-in pork chops, pork belly, pork blade steak, and pork tenderloin.
For only $1.42, you can make a batch of this simple marinade. It makes six servings for about $0.24 each.
This recipe is key when making juicy and savory pork chops. It is amazing what a difference just 30 extra minutes can make. That is all it takes to give you tender meat that will have your mouth watering!
Using ingredients that you most likely already have on hand, you can whip up this easy pork chop marinade quickly and then let your pork chops, pork tenderloin, or another cut of pork you are using sit in the marinade for 20-30 minutes before cooking or grilling it.
It really is that quick and easy! The juices will be oozing from the meat, and you will taste the enhanced flavor of the pork that the marinade provides.
Ingredients and Cost
RECIPE COST: $1.42
PRICE PER SERVING: $0.24
- 3/4 cup soy sauce – $0.54
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce – $0.44
- 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard – $0.08
- 3 large garlic cloves – $0.15
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar – $0.12
- 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper – $0.09
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- First, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Next, add the pork to a resealable bag and pour the marinade over the pork.
- Seal the bag and refrigerate for up to four hours.
- Remove the pork from the bag and let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
- Finally, grill or cook the pork as desired.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- You can use this recipe for marinade on chicken as well.
- Instead of Worcestershire sauce, you can use all soy sauce.
- If you don’t have fresh garlic, then use ¾ teaspoon garlic powder.
Store: You can make the marinade up to 3 days ahead of time; make sure you give it a good whisk. Store the pork chop marinade in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Freeze: While you can freeze this marinade, we don’t feel like you need to since it’s quick and easy to whip up.
Pork does really well when you marinate it. It becomes extra tender and flavorful after sitting in a simple marinade.
Yes. You do not want to marinate the pork for too long as it can result in dry, tough chicken. Do not let the pork marinate in this recipe for longer than 4 hours. Any longer than 4 hours, and you run the risk of having tough pork with an off texture and color.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Have your little one help move the pork around in the Ziploc bag to cover it all in the marinade before placing it in the fridge.
Ages 4-5: Ask your child to help measure the marinade ingredients and pour them into the bowl. He/she can then whisk them together for you.
Ages 6-8: This is such an easy recipe, it is a great one to let your child try on their own with you close by for assistance as needed.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
We love to look for pork when it is buy one get one at our local grocery store and then freeze it to use later.
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Pork Chop Marinade
- mixing bowl
- measuring cups
- Liquid measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- ¾ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
- 3 large cloves garlic minced
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
- Add pork to a resealable bag or container.
- Pour marinade over pork, seal, and refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
- Remove pork, discard the marinade, and allow the pork to come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
- Grill or cook pork as desired.