Grilled Pork Chops with Beer Marinade and Roasted Onions

Grilled Pork Chops with Beer Marinade and Roasted Onions

The recipe for the beer marinated grilled pork chops and roasted onions is excellent for Father’s Day. I’ve decided to combine two of men’s favorite things: grilling and beer. You don’t need any cooking experience to prepare this recipe. All you have to do is combine the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and be patient until the meat gets infused with flavor. The actual preparation and cook time take only 30 minutes, but you need at least an hour to marinate your meat. Believe me it is worth waiting. The flavor of the meat is so satisfying and rich. The longer you marinate your chops the richer it will get. The thyme is also more noticeable if you marinate it for more than an hour. The beer will gently tenderize the pork, because it contains alpha acids and tannins. They help with breaking down fibers in meat.  

Beer Marinated Grilled Pork Chops and Roasted Onions

Helpful tips

Carefully pick the type of beer you going to use for the marinade. Do not use a beer that you don’t like. I personally prefer using lager, but you can substitute it with whatever you like.

Your cooking time will differ depending on the pork chop you chose. The thicker the pork chop the longer it has to stay on the grill. To make sure that your chops are not raw or overcooked use a food thermometer. The USDA recommends that you should cook pork until its internal temperature is 145F. Always insert the thermometer at the thickest part of the chop. Here is a helpful link that gives you a lot of helpful information about handling pork meat.

Always allow at least three minutes of rest time to any grilled meat. That step helps the pork chops to retain remain juicy.

As a side for the beer marinated grilled pork chops you can use yellow, white or red onions, depending on your preference. To make sure that they are cooked you can try to slice one and see if is soft and buttery. Onions get softer and slightly caramelized when they are ready.

If you don’t like onions, you can always drizzle the marinade over some other vegetables. This might require longer or shorter cooking time.

Grilled Pork Chops with Beer Marinade and Roasted Onions

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Marinating time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: beer, grilled, onions, pork chops, roasted
Servings: 6


  • 6 Boneless pork chops I used tenderloin chops about 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 onions I used red and white
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • nonstick cooking spray

For the marinade

  • 1 cup beer lager is best
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 4-5 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt


  • In a bowl combine the beer, mustard, onion powder, honey, salt and thyme. Stir well.
  • Add the pork chops in a ziplock bag and pour the marinade in it. Close the bag and put it in the fridge for an hour or overnight.
  • When you are ready to cook your chops preheat the grill (or grill pan) to medium high and oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Trim the ends of the onions and cut them to horizontal slices with ½ thickness. Then place them on the baking sheet.
    Onion slices in a pan
  • Remove the pork chops on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Pour the marinade into the baking sheet with the onions. Season with salt and pepper.
    Onions ready to bake
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 min or until golden brown and soft.
    Roasted onions
  • Meanwhile grill the pork chops. About a minute or two per side (depending on thickness). Then allow them to rest for at least three minutes before consuming.
  • Serve pork chop with the roasted onions. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.
beer marinated grilled pork chops and roasted onions

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