These delicious, thick grilled pork chops with a homemade blackberry thyme sauce are a deliciously easy dinner that the whole family will love.

Three rilled pork chops on a wooden plate.

It is summer, and grilled foods are always our go-to dinner. Do you grill a lot during the summer, too? This juicy grilled pork chops recipe will have you grilling in no time! Not only are these grilled bone-in pork chops tender and full of flavor, but they are even better topped with my blackberry or olallieberry thyme sauce!

Olallieberries are in season for a short time; if you see them, grab a pack or two! If you can’t find Olallieberries, you can easily substitute blackberries! If you love to grill as much as we do, you will also love this Grilled Steak with Pesto Sauce.

Not only are these grilled bone-in pork chops tender and full of flavor, but they are even better topped with my blackberry thyme sauce!

Allergen Information:

These grilled pork chops are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, and nut-free.

This easy grilled pork chops recipe is gluten free, paleo, and Whole30, so no guilt!! Fire up your grill so you can BBQ these awesome pork chops.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Pork Chops – you can use bone-in or boneless pork chops
  • Blackberries or Olallieberries – I also love to use olallieberries, but they have a very short season, so blackberries are also a great choice to make the sauce.
  • Thyme – I use fresh thyme to season the berry sauce.
  • Cooking Oil – Use a high smoke point oil like canola or avocado oil.
A bowl of olallieberry thyme sauce.

Step-By-Step Directions:

Step 1: Preheat your grill to 400º F. Brush your pork chops with light cooking oil and season your pork chops on a plate with salt and pepper.

Raw seasoned pork chops on the grill.

Step 2: Add the raw pork chops when your grill is hot. Cook the pork chops over direct heat. I make sure to flip them after the first 8 minutes.

Pork chop grill time depends on how thick your pork chops are. You want to grill them until they have an internal temperature of 145-165º F. Note if your pork chops are boneless, they will take less time to cook.

(The USDA changed its recommendation for cooking pork to 145º F, but many people like their pork more well done, so I’m giving you a range.)

Step 3: Time to make the blackberry sauce (or olallieberry if you can find them!) Wash your berries and place them in a saucepan.

Step 4: Add the thyme, lemon juice, water, sugar, and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Whisk in the cornstarch and cook until the sauce is reduced and thick.

Top the pork chops with the berry sauce, and enjoy! Another fun recipe to serve with this blackberry sauce is my Grilled Chicken Filet Burgers recipe!

Serve with these side dishes:

There are so many delicious recipes that pair with pork chops. Try one of our favorites:

Recipe FAQ:

Can pork chops be pink inside?

It would be best if you never served pork rare, but it is perfectly safe to have a little bit of pink inside.

Why did the pork chops turn out tough?

Pork chops turn out tough when they are overcooked. They are easy to overcook so be sure to keep an eye on the internal temperature when cooking them.

When should you season pork chops?

I always season pork chops 15-30 minutes before cooking.

How long will these keep fresh?

Store the cooked pork chops in an air-tight container in your refrigerator. They should keep fresh for up to 4 days.

A plate of grilled pork chops and olallieberry sauce.

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Grilled pork chops on a wooden plate.

Grilled Pork Chops with Olallieberry Thyme Sauce

Sandi Gaertner
Fire up your grill for these easy grilled pork chops!
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest With Seasoning 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 310 kcal


  • 4 pork chops
  • ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Blackberry Sauce:

  • 1 pint blackberries *see note
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch * see note


  • Preheat the grill to º F.
  • Rub pork chops with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Let rest 15 minutes.
  • Place the pork chops on the grill and grill both sides until the internal temperature reaches 145 to 165º F. Remove and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

For the sauce:

  • Put the olallieberries, water, thyme, sugar, and lemon juice in a pan.
  • Bring to boil on medium heat
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until sauce thickens.
  • Add cornstarch and mix well.
  • Top the pork chops with the blackberry thyme sauce.


  1. Use bone-in or boneless pork chops. Note that your cook time will vary depending on size and thickness of your pork chops.
  2. Grill your pork chops until they have an internal temperature of 145-165 degrees.
  3. I love olallieberries for the sauce recipe, but they have such a short season I recommend using blackberries.
  4. You can use dried thyme, but cut the amount in half.
  5. The cooked pork chops will keep in the refrigerator up to 4 days.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 31gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 357mgPotassium: 698mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 283IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
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Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    Just love pork with something a little sweet. Fun little summer grilling recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    You have me excited about getting the pork chops I have out of the freezer! What a delicious sauce too!

  3. Your sauce looks amazing! And I must say, I’ve never heard of olalliberries before! What a fun discovery!

  4. I don’t know where I have been, but I’ve never even heard of Olallieberries! Your sauce sounds delicious. I will now be on the lookout for Olallieberries.