These brown sugar pork chops are seared to golden brown perfection and bathed in a garlic, butter and brown sugar sauce. The absolute BEST way to eat pork chops!
Looking for a quick and easy way to use up those pork chops in your fridge? Pork chops in brown sugar sauce is a family favorite that always gets rave reviews!
I get asked all the time, what is the best way to cook pork chops? And I always respond by promising to send people the recipe for these amazingly delicious brown sugar pork chops! This recipe is quick and easy, and you probably have all the ingredients you need to make it sitting right in your kitchen.
How to make brown sugar pork chops
Let’s first talk about the pork chops – so many cuts, so many sizes to choose from! You’ve got bone in, boneless, thick cut, thin cut. Which one is the best to use?
For these garlic butter pork chops, I like to use bone in pork chops cut about 1 inch thick. I like bone in pork chops because the bone really helps to keep the pork juicy, there’s less of a risk of it overcooking and becoming dry. That being said, you absolutely can use boneless pork chops here, just watch them carefully to make sure they don’t overcook!
The first step for this recipe is to sear your meat to golden brown. I use olive oil for this part because it can be heated to a much higher temperature than butter, and always produces a nice browned crust on meat. After the pork has been seared, you’re going to remove it from the pan and add some butter, brown sugar, garlic and seasonings.
The pork goes back into the pan and is bathed with the buttery garlic goodness, then takes a quick trip through the oven. Make sure you’re using a skillet that’s oven safe!
The final result is tender and juicy pork chops coated in the most delectable sweet and savory sauce. I like to sprinkle my brown sugar pork chops with a little parsley for color and flavor.
Be sure to serve your pork on a bed of mashed potatoes, rice, or even pasta to soak up all that sauce!
Even my kids adore these pork chops, they ask for them every week. Whether you’re a pro at cooking pork chops, or are just looking to branch out a little bit with your dinner time offerings, you’re sure to enjoy this recipe.
More pork recipes you’ll enjoy
- Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin
- Apple Pork Chops
- 15 Boneless Pork Chop Recipes
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Pork Scallopini
Brown Sugar Pork Chops
- 4 bone in pork chops
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- lemon wedges and parsley sprigs for serving optional
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
- Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the pork chops to the pan in a single layer. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until browned.
- Remove the pork from the pan and place on a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.
- Add the butter to the pan and melt. Add the garlic, brown sugar and Italian seasoning and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
- Place the pork chops back in the pan and spoon the sauce over the top.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until pork is cooked to desired level of done-ness.
- Spoon the sauce from the bottom of the pan over the pork chops and sprinkle with parsley. Serve, garnished with lemon wedges and parsley sprigs if desired.
- If you don't have Italian seasoning, you can substitute equal parts of dried oregano, dried basil and dried thyme.