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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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11 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Garlic Pork Chops”

  1. So fabulous!!! This is my “go to” from now on. Everyone devoured these chops like it was their last meal !

  2. I had it for dinner tonight. It was very good, bit nextttime I will make it the night before, and put it in the crockpot the next day

  3. Janet Bradley

    After browning the pork chops, could this be put into a crockpot and cooked that way? If so, for how many hours. Recipe sounds amazing, but I’ like t cook it in the CP (after browning it on the stove).

    Appreciate any advise.
    I gave it 5 stars just because how could you possibly go wrong with this recipe (regardless of cooking method
    Janet

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    I am interested in following you. Your recipes look great! If you send recipes by email I want to sign up.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Linda Little

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