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Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops

Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops are cooked in a buttery sauce that’s both sweet and spicy with lots of garlic flavor. Such a great way to cook pork chops.

Two Brown Sugar Garlic POrk Chops on a plate with broccoli.

The pork chops are first seared really well in a pan and then they finish cooking in the oven. The sauce is a simple mixture of butter, light brown sugar, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, and thyme. So easy and so delicious!

What Kind of Pork Chops Are Best For This Recipe?

This recipe is best with thick-cut, bone-in pork chops. The bone not only adds flavor but helps keep the pork chop from drying out. I like rib pork chops. Look for ones that have a nice amount of fat. The fat will help keep the pork chops juicy.

Brown Sugar Pork Chops in a cast iron pan.

How Do You Keep Pork Chops Moist and Tender?

Use bone-in pork chops that are at least 3/4-inch thick. Thinner pork chops thend to get dry and chewy. Make sure they have some fat marbling and that you don’t overcook them. Pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Check with an instant-read thermometer.

Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops Recipe Tips

  • Cooking time can vary greatly based on the thickness and size of your pork chops. Use the cooking time as an estimate. A quick read thermometer is really handy.
  • Pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature 0f 145 degrees. You don’t want to overcook the pork chops or they will be dry and chewy.
    If you use boneless pork chops, they will cook a little faster.
  • Rosemary can be used instead of thyme.
Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops on a plate with broccoli.

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Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Two Brown Sugar Garlic POrk Chops on a plate with broccoli.

Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops

Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops are cooked in a buttery sauce that's both sweet and spicy with lots of garlic flavor. Such a great way to cook pork chops.
PREP: 8 minutes
COOK: 22 minutes
SERVINGS: 5

Ingredients

  • 5 bone-in thick-cut pork chops
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Pat pork chops dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in an oven-proof skillet. (Cast iron or stainless steel)
  • When the oil is hot, add pork chops. Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.
  • Turn heat down to medium-low and add butter.
  • When butter is melted, add brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, paprika, and thyme.
  • Cook for 1 minute.
  • Return pork chops to skillet and spoon butter mixture over them.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
    You can pull it out of the oven when it is a few degrees below 145. The temperature will rise a few degrees.
  • Plate pork chops and spoon sauce over them.

Notes

Boneless pork chops can be used. They will cook a little faster.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: 30 minute meal, pork

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58 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops”

  1. Great recipe!! Easy to cook and came out super tender. Going to cook them tonight again!! thank you!

  2. I am not a huge fan of pork chops do I decided to look for a recipe that maybe I would like. I came across yours and so glad I did !
    Absolutely delish ๐Ÿ˜‹ I love the garlicky,sweet and savory flavor. I even ate two of them ! Thank you,incredible ๐Ÿ‘

  3. Tammy quinn

    My husband loves my fried pork chops but since I started making these pork chops it’s his favorite now and me I get cravings to go eat Chinese I don’t michigan even get that anymore they are delicious thanks Tammy q from michigan

  4. Kathy Allen

    Want to add to my comment that I thought the chops turned out well because of the recipe instructions. The recipe seemed easy but I think the instructions were precise.

  5. Didn’t think it would be anything special because it’s so easy and didn’t use high grade chops but this was great. Moist chops and a nice sweet sauce. Put the chop on top of mashed sweet potatoes and poured the sauce over everything.

  6. Easy and delicious.. my sauce did caramelize shortly after it came out of the oven.
    Next time l will remove sauce from pan faster.
    Definitely making this again.

  7. I made this last night. Very good. I had one problem. When I took the pan out of the oven the butter brown sugar had carmalized and was hard. What did I do wrong?

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