Grilled Pork Chops with Lager- Infused Sauce 

 Originally Written: September 7, 2011

By  Hanna Trafford

Here is another one of my Cooking With Beer recipes. I made this for dinner last night and it was awesome! My husband loved the sauce and the chops turned out very tender and tasty. And it didn’t take too long to prepare, you just have to get the chops ready few hours ahead of time, since marinating them makes the difference.

The beer I used is another brand from our local Brick Brewing Company – I like to support local businesses. The recipe calls for lager beer, so I chose Red Baron brand.

I used Red Baron lager, brewed by our local Brick Brewery, Waterloo,Ontario

Grilled Pork Chops with Lager-Infused Sauce:


  • 1 cup of Lager beer
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1 teaspoon of Mexican style hot chili powder
  • 3-4 (ideal is about 1 inch thick) centre cut pork chops
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper


1. Combine lager, maple syrup, molasses, chili powder and pork chops in a resealable food storage bag and refrigerate for about 2 hours, turning occasionally.

As usual, I like to put all ingredients needed together before starting to cook or bake.
Mix ingredients for the marinade together - it is easier to transfer into the resealable storage bag and put the pork chops in.
Put pork chops into the resealable food storage bag - close it making sure that it sealed properly, turn a few times and put into your refrigerator for couple of hours.

2.  Next – get your grill nice and hot and after your pork chops finished marinating, get ready to cook them!

3. Lightly oil the grill, remove chops from the marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4. Place on the grill, directly over heat source.

5. Grill about 7 minutes per side or until chops are well marked (if you want to use meat thermometer to check, the temperature should show 150F.

Get your nicely marinated pork chops on a grill, directly over heat source
Grill for about 7 minutes on each side - to check if they are cooked well, you can use meat thermometer and get the inside temperature to 150F
And they are done! Check out the grill marks and for sure - you will love the aroma!

Serve with Lager-Infused Sauce:

Lager-Infused Sauce Recipe:


  • 1/2 cup of Lager
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Mexican style hot chili powder


1. Combine lager, ketchup, syrup, onion, molasses, vinegar and chili powder in a small saucepan over medium heat.

2. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 10-12 minutes or until thickened.

Combine all sauce ingredients in a small pan and simmer for about 10-12 minutes, until thickened.
Ooops - don';t forget the onions - I almost did!
This is what the sauce looks like when done - and it really tastes awesome!

I served the chops with Broccoli Cheddar rice and our favourite cucumber salad – great dinner!

I served the chops with broccoli cheddar rice and cucumber salad - and it was a treat!

Hope you will enjoy this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!



Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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