I made a basic rub out of brown sugar and spices. The brown sugar turns into a nice sweet glaze when it's cooked and you can pretty much season it with whatever herbs and spices you like. I went for spicy with cayenne and black pepper then rounded it out with paprika and garlic powder. A little salt for good measure and it was good to go! Super easy and very tasty. This is a great week night main dish!
I probably over paid for these pork chops but I'm still steaking out the good grocery stores and markets in my new city. Hopefully soon I'll be in the groove!
Total Recipe cost: $6.55
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Cost per serving: $1.63
Prep time: 10 min. Cook time: 15 min. Total: 25 min.
|4 thick cut||pork chops (bone-in or boneless)||$5.97|
|1/4 cup||brown sugar||$0.12|
|1/2 tsp||cayenne powder||$0.05|
|1/2 tsp||garlic powder||$0.05|
|1/2 tsp||black pepper||$0.05|
STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine the brown sugar and spices (salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika and garlic powder or whatever spice blend you like).
STEP 2: Remove the pork chops from their package and rub the brown sugar/spice mix all over both sides. Use all of the spice mix.
STEP 3: Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium/high heat. When the oil is nice and hot (it will look wavy in the pan), add the pork chops. Cook the chops for about 5 minutes on each side or until they are nicely browned.
STEP 4: If you are using an oven safe skillet, place the skillet in the oven for an additional 5 minutes to make sure they are cooked through. If your skillet is not oven safe (most plastic handled skillets and teflon are not safe in the oven), transfer the chops to a baking sheet lined with foil then place in the oven.
STEP 5: Remove the chops from the oven and drag each side around in the thick glaze that has formed around the chops in the pan prior to serving.
Step By Step Photos
Make your spice rub by combining 1/4 cup of brown sugar with whatever spiced you like (I used cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and salt... 1/2 tsp of each).
I used thick cut pork chops. You can use either bone-in chops or boneless. If you use thin cut chops, reduce your cooking time and you will not need to place them in the oven.
Rub the brown sugar seasoning mix into both sides of the chops. The moisture from the meat will most likely dissolve the sugar, that is okay.
Heat some olive oil in a skillet until very hot (med/high heat). Place the chops in the pan and cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until browned.
The chops have browned on each side but since they are thick cut, they need to go in the oven (350 degrees, prewarmed) for about 5 minutes to ensure that they are cooked all the way through. If you are using an oven safe skillet (no plastic or teflon), place it directly in the oven. Otherwise, transfer the chops to a baking sheet.
After cooking in the oven, the chops are done. The oven also further caramelizes the brown sugar mixture. Drag the chops around in the glaze on both sides before serving.
The glazed pork chops make a nice dinner with some collard greens, potato salad and maybe a fresh tomato (just because they're in season). YUM!
NOTE: To make sure clean up is not any harder than it has to be, fill up your pan with water while it is still warm. DO NOT put water in the pan just after it comes out of the oven or if the glaze is still sizzling (this will cause splatter and bad burns). Putting water in the pan when it is still warm will help dissolve the sugary glaze before it becomes hardened.