Ever wanted to cook directly on the coals while cooking over the fire? Most of the time people use steak for this! I decided to switch things up by using tomahawk pork chops this time to see how it would turn out. 

The idea is the same, but the flavors can be totally different. So what are tomahawk pork chops though?


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What are Tomahawk Pork Chops?

Tomahawk pork chops are pork chops with the bone still on! They are delicious and full of flavor. This is a cut that comes from the rib of the animal, or what is called the bone-in ribeye. It is a very tender cut because of the position it is located in the animal.

They are also perfect for cooking on the coals because they can withstand the heat and create an amazing crust. Overall, it is a fun switch up to normal cooking on coals.

This type of cut is not gound everywhere. You might have to search for a specialty butcher in order to see if they carry this cut of pork, or you might have to ask them to cut them for you. If you are unable to find any tomahawk pork chop cuts, you can use regular pork chops with this recipe. It will always taste amazing!

What to watch on the side with this Tomahawk Pork Chops Recipe?

There are plenty of options for sides to eat alongside this tomahawk pork chops recipe to make even the pickiest eater happy. Here are some of my favorites that would work great:

  • Skillet Roasted Carrots
  • Skillet Green Beans
  • Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies
  • Potato Salad
  • Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes
  • Rosemary Smashed Potatoes
  • Side Salad

Have you ever cooked on the coals?

If not then that is fine! I have created a couple of tips and tricks that will help you when cooking directly on the coals for these tomahawk pork chops:

Firstly, pork is a bit tougher than steak so you must be careful to watch the meat constantly in order for it to cook properly. Once the pork is on the coals, then it is showtime! Just be warned that flare-ups may occur, so be ready to move the tomahawk pork chops around just in case.

Secondly, you must make sure the charcoals are white-hot when you put the meat on! This is important because it makes sure that nothing sticks to the crust & that everything is clean. 

Lastly, make sure you are using natural lump charcoal like Cowboy Charcoal. Natural lump charcoal is best because it avoids using chemicals that some briquettes tend to have. These guys are the ideal charcoal to cook on top of!

When is the Tomahawk Pork Chops done?

To achieve a medium rare finish with pork, you need to let it reach a temperature of 145 degrees in order to be safe to eat, according to the USDA.This was originally set to 165 degrees but was later revised down. However, I like to let my tomahawk pork chops reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees with this recipe.

If you have any more questions about cooking on the coals for these tomahawk pork chops recipe, then read my how-to guide before cooking!

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Tomahawk Pork Chops

Deliciously good tomahawk pork chops cooked right on the coals with Cowboy Charcoal!
Author:Derek Wolf
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 tomahawk pork chops
  • 1 tbsp of mustard
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of sea salt


  • When the pork chops are at room temperature, lather in mustard to help the other spices stick. Season the pork chops additionally with all the spices above. (Optional) Add some tin foil to the bone of the meat if you do not want it to burn.
  • Use some Cowboy Hardwood Lump Charcoal to light fire and let burn for 10-15 minutes. Once charcoal is white hot, disperse over grill evenly for direct grilling.
  • Place pork chops on top and let cook for 10 min per side or until internal temperature is 170F. Once cooked, dust it off and place on a cutting board to rest for 2 minutes.
  • Serve & enjoy!


Equipment Needed: Cowboy Charcoal, tongs, cutting board & knife.

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Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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