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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.

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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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 mins
COOK: 22 mins
SERVINGS: 5

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet

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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31 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops”

  1. I also used thin boneless chops and it still worked great. My new favorite way to make pork chops! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I made this tonight. We loved it. Supper easy and quick. Will definitely be making this again.

  3. Even though I had thinner pork chops I made this tonight. It was absolutely delicious. This will go into my rotation. It’s quick, easy and delicious!

  4. The sauce for this recipe is amazing, However I did use thick bone in pork chops, as noted in the recipe, and by using the cooking time suggested before putting them in the oven, my pork chops were done. I understand that cooking times vary depending on many things, I just want people to be aware of the temps. Pork chops are so much better when tender and juicy!!! Otherwise, it was a very easy recipe to follow and the taste was great.

  5. This recipe is amazing!!! A little bit of spice but not too much. These will definitely be going into my dinner rotation. Delish!!!

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