We don’t have pork chops very often. We eat so much chicken that I either just forget about it or I think it is going to be tough and flavorless so I skip it. But, we had a package of mixed pork chops to use and I needed to find a way to get my family to like them.
This is a great inexpensive meat dish as we often have pork chops on sale at our local store for $1.19 a pound! Finding 4 large pork chops will cost about $3.00 and the extra ingredients are $1.00 or less.
This was a super, simple way to cook the pork chops and the secret to not overcooking them is to use your meat thermometer. You cannot tell when a pork chop is done by looking at it. By the time you think it is done it is probably way overcooked. For a medium done pork chop remove the chop from the pan at 150 degrees and it will rise to about 160 degrees before serving. This will give you a perfectly done chop.
The coating on this was sweet and tangy. The bit of Cayenne pepper and paprika give it just a hint of spice. If you want more you can add a bit extra to your coating.
I served this dish with a hearty green salad, steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes.
Glazed Pork Chops
- 4 large thick pork chops, bone-in
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- dash black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix brown sugar, Cayenne powder, garlic, paprika, and black pepper in a bowl.
- In a large, oven proof skillet that will hold all 4 of your chops begin heating oil over medium heat. If your chops won’t fit in one pan you may need to use two. Do NOT cook them one after the other in the same pan or the sugar on the chops will likely burn.
- Pat the seasoning mix onto the pork chops, including the edges of the chop. Place gently in the pan of heated oil.
- Cook 5 minutes per side. Check the temperature on your chop. If it is 150 remove from heat and let sit for 3 minutes before serving. If not transfer pan to oven until temperature in the center of the chop reaches 150 degrees. Remove from oven. Allow to rest and then serve.