Grilled Pork With Basil Rub

Pork Photo by GeeJo

Does anything smell more like high summer than fresh, newly-crushed basil? Even without a ripe tomato as its partner-in-crime, basil brings an irresistible herbal flavor (not to mention a mouthwatering smell!) to these pork chops, in the form of a quick and simple wet rub. With some lemon along for the ride, it’s a very fresh and light way to serve your pork chops. And with all the flavor from the herbs and citrus, this is an ideal choice for anyone on the autoimmune protocol (where a lot of spices are iffy or downright forbidden). You won’t find any paprika, chili, or other nightshade-based spices here, so it’s a delicious meal that won’t interrupt your healing.


  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops;
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced;
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, minced;
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice;
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a bowl, combine the garlic, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Spread the rub on both side of the pork chops, and marinate for 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat your grill to a medium high heat.
  4. Place the chops on the grill, and cook for about 6 minutes per side, or until the chops are just cooked through.



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