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Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Chops

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Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Chops — chili-rubbed pan-seared smoky pork chops coated with a delicious bacon brown sugar glaze.

bacon brown sugar pork chops plated

These Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Chops are an easy restaurant quality recipe made in the comfort of your home. They are brined in brown sugar and spice, chili-rubbed, perfectly pan-seared, and coated in a delicious bacon brown sugar glaze. Serve this dish with a side of Ginger Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes for a five-star rave review from your dinner guests.

Recipes that pair well with pan-seared bacon brown sugar pork chops

bacon brown sugar pork chops plated

I suggest serving these tender pork chops with Southern Green Beans and Potatoes with a side of Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash or Seasoned White Rice.

What you need to make bacon brown sugar pork chops

chili spice rub seasonings

Center cut pork chops
Olive oil
Butter
Salt
Ancho chili powder
Paprika
Garlic powder
Sugar
Dried thyme
Cinnamon
Cayenne pepper, optional
Bacon
Brown Sugar
Apple cider vinegar
Garlic cloves

How to and why brine pork chops

brining salt

Pork chops have the potential to create a fantastic meal if prepared properly. Depending on the thickness and cut of the chop the flavors of the seasoning may need help to penetrate through. Soaking the chops in a wet brine for 2-4 hours will certainly enhance the flavors.

pouring water over chops

To brine center cut chops, you will need 3 cups of water, kosher salt, brown sugar, and peppercorns. Place the chops in a shallow dish, then spread the sugar, salt, and peppercorns over them. Pour the water over, cover, and refrigerate. Remove the chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels when ready to cook.

How to pan-sear center-cut pork chops

brushing spices on pork chops

Blend the dry spice with the olive oil then brush the chops with the seasoned oil on both sides. Place the skillet over medium heat and fry the bacon strips until crisp. Remove the bacon to cool before chopping; reserve for later.

pan seared chops with butter

In the same skillet with the bacon drippings, sear the pork chops for 3-4 min on both side then turn off the heat and add the butter; coat well. Remove them to a plate to rest.

bacon brown sugar pork chops in a skillet

Turn the heat back to medium to sauté the garlic in the butter until softened. Next, add the brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. Whisk to deglaze the pan as the sauce thickens.

spooning bacon over pork chops

Turn off the heat, stir the bacon into the sauce; season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste if needed. Return to pork chops to the skillet and coat with the sauce. Serve immediately.

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bacon brown sugar pork chops plated
5 from 1 vote

Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Chops

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Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Chops—chili-rubbed pan-seared smoky pork chops coated with a delicious bacon brown sugar glaze.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Brine:4 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 24 oz center cut pork chops (6) 4 oz each
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 oz bacon about 4 thick strips
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • salt and pepper to

Brine

  • 3 c water
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp peppercorns slightly crushed

Instructions

Brine

  • Place the chops in a shallow dish, then spread the brown sugar, kosher salt, and crushed peppercorns over them. Pour the water over to chops, cover the dish with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Remove the chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels when ready to cook.

Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Chops

  • Blend the dry spice with the olive oil then brush the chops with the seasoned oil on both sides.
  • Place the skillet over medium heat and fry the bacon strips until crisp. Remove the bacon to cool before chopping; reserve for later.
  • In the same skillet with the bacon drippings, sear the pork chops for 3-4 min on both sides then turn off the heat and add the butter; coat well. Remove them to a plate to rest.
  • Turn the heat back to medium to sauté the garlic in the butter until softened. Next, add the brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. Whisk to deglaze the pan as the sauce thickens. Turn off the heat, stir the bacon into the sauce; season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste if needed.
  • Return to pork chops to the skillet and coat with the sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, brown sugar, pork, pork chops
Servings: 6
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Ty

4 Comments

  1. You, my dear lady are the boss! Outstanding pork chop recipes! I cook pretty much every day, and these spice blends coupled with brining (which I do with all meat and shrimp) are just bloody fantastic. Props to you!

  2. 5 stars
    So I’m the person who never leaves reviews, but this was such a success in my household that I had to leave one. Absolutely delicious!

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