Black Pepper Chops with Molasses Butter

There’s almost nothing to compare to the aroma of pork on the grill; and these chops live up to that taste memory. The molasses butter adds an unexpected and pleasant flavor punch to chops hot-off-the-grill.

Black Pepper Chops


  • 4 (6 ounce) boneless center cut pork chops, 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper


  1. Stir together butter, molasses and lemon juice with a fork. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Rub chops on both sides evenly with pepper. Grill chops over medium hot coals for 12 to 15 minutes, turning once.
  3. Top each chop with molasses butter.

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe and photo used with permission from: National Pork Board