These Pork Kabobs are a healthy twist on a popular take-out recipe.

You will love these easy pork kabobs if you love sweet and sour pork. I turned a take-out favorite into kabobs with red peppers, onions, and a delectable sweet and sour sauce. Your family will love this easy grill recipe.

grilled pork and pepers on metal skewers

This grilled Sweet & Sour Pork is incredibly delicious, and I love that it’s healthier while still maintaining the authentic taste of the classic and favorite sweet and sour Chinese take-out dish.

This is a beautiful summer dinner; even better, I’m showing you how to cook the pork perfectly. If you have bad memories of dried-out and chewy pork, let this be the recipe that helps you fall in love with it again.

You see, I grew up on those classic Shake-and-Bake Pork Chops, which my mom baked in the oven about 30-40 minutes longer than they needed to be. Dry, bland, and almost impossible for a child to cut through, I thought this was all pork had to offer.

It wasn’t until I had a mind-blowing (not an exaggeration) and mouthwateringly delicious experience in Iowa a couple of years back that my pork world expanded.

sunrise on farm with tractor spraying a field

I was invited to visit a few farms and meet the farmers and the pigs. Not only did I get to see the actual behind-the-scenes process of raising pigs and everything that goes with it (so much more than I realized), but I also got up close and personal with a few pigs, including delivering 2 babies—an experience I never thought I’d do that was incredibly fun.

While learning how pigs are raised, what goes into the process, and how our pork is sold and put on our shelves, I also learned how to prepare pork in the most delicious ways. This sweet and sour pork kabobs recipe became much more delicious once I knew how to cook our kabobs properly.

Pork should be juicy, moist, and delicious, and I can promise you that with this recipe.

Ingredients

  • Boneless pork chops cut into 1″ chunks
  • Rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Purple onion cut into chunks
  • Red bell peppers cut into chunks

The pork-to-vegetable ratio is just perfect, and what’s fun about these kabobs is that you can play with this vegetable medley. I love adding pineapple to this mix.

brushing pork skewers with marinade

Grilled Kabobs Recipe Tips

  • When you prep the pork chops, cut them into even-sized chunks. That way, they cook evenly.
  • Take them off the heat once they reach 145 degrees.
  • Let them rest at room temperature for a few minutes to allow the juices to settle and redistribute.

What’s also fantastic about this Sweet and sour Pork recipe is that you don’t have to cut the chops into kabobs. You can prepare them as sweet and sour pork chops with the same sauce, saving the time of dicing them up (however, my kids love kabobs).

grilled pork skewers on a white plate

I love easy, delicious meals, and something the entire family loves. These Sweet & Sour Pork kebabs fit the bill. But with this recipe, I love these kabobs because of the sauce.

Dinner doesn’t need to be complicated, and neither does cooking pork. Summer is ideal for trying a few recipes, especially with pork on the grill.

3 grilled pork skewers on a plate with one skewer removed

More Pork Recipes to Try

Are you looking for some more recipes? Check out our favorite Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches or our favorite pork instant pot recipe you can’t get enough of. This easy slow cooker recipe for Sesame Pulled Pork.

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Sweet & Sour Pork

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 376 kcal
Sweet & Sour Pork a healthy twist on a popular take-out recipe. Made into kabobs with red peppers and onions, your family will love this easy grill recipe.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 lbs pork chop boneless, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 purple onion cut into chunks
  • 2 red peppers cut into chunks

Instructions
 

Sweet & Sour Sauce/Marinade

  • Mix rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, ketchup and apple cider vinegar in a medium mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Place pork chop pieces in marinade, cover and let it marinate in the fridge for 1-2 hours. I make it in the morning and let the pork sit in a Ziplock bag with the marinade until dinner.

Sweet & Sour Pork Kabobs

  • Remove the pork chops from the fridge, and one piece at a time, place them on the skewers.  
  • After adding one piece of pork, add 2 pieces of purple onion, and 1-2 red pepper pieces, add another piece of pork and repeat process until skewer is full. You can even place two pieces of pork together – you get to decide.
  • Set kabob on a plate and repeat with the remaining pork, onions, and peppers. Keep the remaining marinade for basting the pork on the grill while it is cooking.
  • Heat gas or charcoal grill. Place pork on grill over medium heat. Cover grill and cook 3 minutes, then turn over the kabob, baste with remaining marinade and cook another 3 minutes.
  • At this point check the pork with your digital thermometer. To know if the pork is done, the juices should be clear and the center of thickest part is cut (145°F).
    If not done, continue to cook. At this point, I leave the lid open and just turn the kabobs so they are cooked evenly on both sides. 

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Calories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 34gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 547mgPotassium: 748mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 1320IUVitamin C: 52.6mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1.2mg
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34 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are so delicious and very tasty! The family and I loved it. So excited to make these kabobs again soon! Packed with so much flavor too!

  2. 5 stars
    I made your Sweet & Sour Pork Kabobs for our family barbecue, and they were a huge hit! The marinade was perfectly balanced, giving the pork a wonderful tangy and sweet flavor.

  3. 5 stars
    I tried the Sweet & Sour Pork Kabobs for the first time, and they were fantastic! The pork was juicy and flavorful, and the sweet and sour sauce was just right. My family couldn’t get enough of them.

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