Recipe Details Submitted by gingerzing

7-Up Marinade for Pork Chops

Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


1/3 cup 7-Up (or other lemon-lime soda)
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic salt
1 teaspoon dried basil or other dried herbs
4 pork chops, bone-in or boneless

Cooking Directions

Mix together first 5 ingredients. Put pork chops into a large self-sealing baggie and pour marinade over. Marinate overnight (or at least 4 hours) in the refrigerator.* Take pork chops out of marinade - discard marinade. Grill chops 8-15 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from heat when temperature is 145 F and let rest before serving. Serves 4 *Also can put baggie of marinating chops in the freezer and take for camping. As the chops thaw in the cooler, they marinate.

Serving Suggestions

Try your favorite herbs. Also works well for marinating tenderloin and small pork loin roast. Serve with green salad and foil baked potatoes and steamed green beans.

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About the Cut: Chop

Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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About the Cooking Method: Grilling

There are two ways to grill pork based on the size of the cut:

  • Direct heat, where food is placed directly over the heat source, is ideal for small cuts like kabobs, tenderloin, burgers and chops.
  • Indirect heat, where food is placed on the grill rack away from the coals or gas burners, is good for large cuts like loin roasts, ribs, shoulder and fresh ham.

Direct Heat

Arrange hot coals evenly on the fire grate of the grill or use all gas burners. Place pork directly above the heat source. Follow suggested cooking times, turning once during cooking.

Indirect Heat

Bank hot coals on both sides of the fire grate, on one side of the grill or in a ring around the perimeter. For gas grills, pre-heat and then turn off any burners directly below where the food will go. Place pork on the grill so it is not directly over any coals or gas burners and close grill hood. Follow suggested cooking times until pork is done. The heat circulates inside the grill, so turning the pork is not necessary.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.

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Butcher's Tips

It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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