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Chipotle Rubbed Pork Rib Chops Grilled Using the "Reverse Sear" Method

grill girl, Robyn Medlin, GrillGrrrl, reverse sear grilling method

The reverse sear method produces a tender, juicy steak and nice char marks at the finish.

I’ve been hearing about this reverse sear method for a while now so I finally broke down and tried it with a beautiful set of Pork Rib Chops.

What is a Pork Rib Chop exactly? A pork rib chop is essentially a pork chop cut from the rib roast be can be boneless or served with the baby back rib attached (as seen below). You will occasionally see these “frenched” which means that the meat is removed off the bone resembling a popsicle stick.

Back to the Reverse Sear Method. My friend Larry from “Big Dude’s Eclectic Ramblings” mentioned this to me a few weeks ago and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

So what is the big deal about the “reverse sear” method? All the research I’ve done says that the end result is more tender steaks. You can get into the nitty gritty about the effect of the enzymes in the meat while they’re on indirect temp, blah blah- but the bottom line is more tender steaks with great char marks.

Grilled vegetables, grilled romaine hearts, grilled cucumbers, grilled salad

Grilling all the veggies for a salad (cucumbers, scallions, mini peppers and cherry tomatoes) and tossing them together with olive oil and parmesan is an easy, light salad for summertime and pairs well with any grilled protein.

I used my chipotle bbq rub on these and served them with a grilled romaine salad and steamer packet sweet potatoes and Scott told me numerous times during the dinner that this was the best meal I had made in a long time. So these got Scott’s seal of approval. He is, after all, my CTO (Chief Tasting Officer). The grilled romaine salad recipe is below – it's one of those recipes that make you look like a grilling rock star and yet it's so easy and great every time! Ingredients:

  • 4 Pork Rib Chops
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

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ass=”p1″>Rub Recipe:

  • 1 tblsp chipotle powder (or other type chili powder)
  • 1 tblsp garlic powder
  • ½ tblsp turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients to make the rub.


Coat the pork with olive oil. Then, generously coat the chops with the rub on all sides.

Prepare the grill for 2 cooking zones- direct and indirect heat. Put the pork on indirect heat and let cook for a total of 6 minutes.

Next, put the pork rib chops on direct heat (at about 400+ degrees) to sear. Sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until char marks form and the internal temp reaches 145 degrees.

Tent the pork in foil for 10 minutes before serving so the juices have time to redistribute.

Serve with your favorite sides! I Served mine with a grilled romaine salad and the recipe is below:

Grilled Romaine Salad


  • Romaine Hearts
  • Mini Peppers
  • scallions
  • cucumbers, sliced lengthwise
  • cherry tomatoes, skewered (so they don't fall through the grates!)
  • olive oil
  • fresh grated parmesan or hard cheese
  • sea salt, fresh grated pepper

Grill all the veggies until a nice char marks form.  Slice the romaine hearts, peppers, cucumbers and scallions slices into small pieces. Toss the salad together in a large bowl and add olive oil, sea salt, pepper and a large amount of fresh grated parmesan. The grill adds such a nice flavor that dressing isn't really needed and the fresh parm finishes it nicely.

Have you tried the reverse sear method? How did it turn out? I look forward to hearing your reverse sear experiences!

The rib portion of the pork rib chop is the most flavorful part of this cut. It absorbs all the rub and flavor of the meat and you are left wishing you had another!

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12 Responses to Chipotle Rubbed Pork Rib Chops Grilled Using the "Reverse Sear" Method

  1. Ron Clanton July 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    I am more of a dutch oven cook, but I do grill and B.B.Q. also. I fine that while grilling I can cook all my breads, sides,and desserts in the D.O.s and not have to run in the house to do them. Check out my blog, roguedutchovencookers.blogspot.com and be come a follower.

    Ron Clanton
    The Outlaw Gourmet

    Don’t rob your self of good cookin’.

  2. Larry July 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Super looking meal Robyn and I like the sound of your rub. We’ve grilled romain and love it, but never thought of grilling other veggies for the salad – will have to try it. Thanks for the mention and look forward to your continued creations.

  3. Chris July 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Bookmarked your rub to try, it sounds great.

    You did wonderful on Foodography on the Cooking Channel this week, even Brett was proud ;)

  4. MaryG July 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    I didn’t know that’s what it’s called, but I’ve been cooking my tri tip that way for years now. I’m not that great at grilling and I was frustrated because I always wound up over cooking it – by the time the middle was at temperature, the outside was overdone. So now I wait to sear it until close to the end, and it comes out perfect every time.

  5. Robyn July 22, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    awww, thanks Chris! Tell Brett I said thanks for watching :)

  6. Kirk July 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    The chipotle rub sounds great. I’m going to have to give it a try.

  7. Sara for Grilla Smoker-Grill July 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Great post! Think we will have to share this via social media (giving you credit of course). We’re new to the grill scene…check us out on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grilla-Pellet-Smoker-Grill/171529552913043) or twitter (@My_Grilla) sometime!

  8. Backyard Grilling August 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Interesting! I am definitely going to try this technique the next time that I grill steaks or pork chops. Does it take less time to sear the meat, since it is already almost up to temperature?

  9. Robyn August 30, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    It does make for a great grilling experience and it’s super easy!!! :)

  10. Paul June 8, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    Have to tweet this now, too good not to share it!

  11. MasterChefJill December 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    This pork chop is a delicious and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing!


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