Origin: American Midwest, North American
Method: Grill or SmokerJump to Recipe
When you are from Kansas City, you are expected to know how to tailgate, and no one does tailgating better than the Kansas City Chiefs. Our Kansas City Tomahawk Pork Chops are a favorite tailgating food to enjoy with friends before the big game. We take bone in pork chops and marinate them overnight. The tomahawk chops are then grilled over charcoal and finished in a bath of beer and Kansas City BBQ sauce. The result is some fall apart tender pork, that your friends will be raving about.
Making the Tomahawk Pork Chops
To make the grilled Tomahawk Pork Chops you need some quality bone in pork loin chops. We find the best and most cost-effective way to do this is to purchase a bone in pork rib roast and then cut your own pork chops. Of course, you can also have your butcher do this for you.
This is the same cut of pork used to make our Smoked Pork Crown Roast, one of our holiday favorites.
For more great pork recipes be sure to check out some of our best pork recipes here:
- Kalua Pork: Hawaiian Pulled Pork
- Authentic Schwenkbraten: German Swinging Pork
- Pulled Pork Lumpia
- Smoked Pernil- Puerto Rican Roast Pork Shoulder
- Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
- Eastern North Carolina Pulled Pork
Prepare the grilled pork chop marinade
To make the marinade for the grilled pork chops you will need olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, pineapple juice, garlic, salt, pepper, brown sugar, rosemary, smoked paprika, and achiote paste.
Mix the pork marinade together, making sure to get the achiote paste completely dissolved. Place the marinade in a large plastic bag or a non-reactive bowl. Note: achiote may stain some plastics so we recommend using a disposable Ziplock bag if possible. Add the tomahawk pork chops to the marinade and make sure they are all covered. Place in the refrigerator overnight
If you have extra achiote paste, be sure to try our Trompo Al Pastor Tacos on Your Grill, Pollo Asado al Carbon: Mexican Grilled Chicken, or Cochinita Pibil. Achiote paste can be found in most Latin markets or you can purchase it on Amazon.
Making the Tomahawk Pork Chops on your Grill or Smoker
Prepare your grill or smoker for direct heat and preheat to about 400 degrees. Remove the Kansas City Tomahawk chops from the marinade and shake off the excess marinade. Grill the bone in pork chops for about 3-5 minutes then flip over. Baste the pork chops with some Kansas City style BBQ sauce and grill for an additional 3-5 minutes.
We used a tangy Gates BBQ sauce for this recipe, but use your favorite.
Flip the tomahawk pork chops over again and baste with additional sauce. Flip one more time a baste again with BBQ sauce. Cook the pork chops to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Place the cooked pork chops in a foil pan and pour in 12 ounces of light or wheat beer. Next stir in about ½ cup of BBQ sauce and mix to combine. Simmer the pork chops in the pan until tender or until you are ready to eat. The marinated grilled pork chops are ok to eat as soon as they are done grilling but will become more tender the longer they simmer.
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Grilled Tomahawk Pork Chops
- Bone in Pork Roast 6-8 bone
- 1 Bottle of Wheat Beer
- ½ Cup BBQ Sauce
- ½ Cup Olive Oil
- ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ Cup Pineapple Juice
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- 2 Tablespoons Achiote Paste
- 1 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Dried Rosemary
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Combine the marinade ingredients and mix to combine.
- Slice the bone in pork loin roast into individual bone in tomahawk chops. Place in the marinade and refrigerate overnight.
- Prepare your grill or smoker for direct cooking and heat to 400 degrees.
- Grill the marinated pork chops, flipping about every 3 minutes and basting with some of the BBQ sauce.
- Once the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees place them in a foil pan. Add a 12-ounce bottle of beer and ½ cup BBQ sauce and mix to combine. Return the pan to the grill and reduce the heat to medium or about 300 degrees.
- Simmer in the beer-bbq sauce until tender, or about 1 hour, flipping the meat as needed.