Brown sugar glazed pork chops are a wonderfully easy recipe for pork chops with an amazing brown sugar glaze. The absolutely best way to eat pork chops and definitely a family favorite!
This incredibly simple recipe with just a few pantry staples is sure to become a regular at your dinner table. Just a touch of sweetness, brown sugar glazed pork chops is the perfect balance of savory and sweet.
Seared in a grill pan, easy brown sugar glazed pork chops are a quick and simple lean protein the whole family will love. Serve with a vegetable and starch (like an easy potato recipe) to round out your meal and it will have the kids begging for more. I like to serve mine with steamed broccoli and a rice pilaf but you do you and customize it to your family’s preferences. Let’s get cookin!
How To Make Easy Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops
This recipe couldn’t be simpler or faster. A quick seasoning of salt, pepper, and a brown sugar rub is all you need to prep your brown sugar glazed pork chops and just a few minutes in the grill pan and dinner is served!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Kitchen Tools Needed:
Tips for Easy Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops
Pork Chop Cooking Temperature
Pork chops should be cooked to an internal temperature of 155-160 degrees. Remember the thicker your pork chop the longer it will take to cook. Here is where an instant read digital meat thermometer is your best friend.
Also, preheating your grill pan over medium heat will help to achieve the perfect sear and crust and ensure your pork chops cook evenly. Once you place the preseasoned pork chops on the grill pan it may be necessary to adjust the heat down a bit if they appear to be grilling too hot. Once they’ve hit the hot pan, DO NOT move them around. This will help you achieve the perfect grill marks that are the signature of cooking in a grill pan.
Just 4 minutes per side should be all you need to bring your pork chops to temp. Then simple remove from heat, cover with aluminum foil and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes. Resting your meat after cooking allows them to finish the cooking process and the juices to redistribute giving a perfectly juicy pork chop.
Can I Use Bone-In Pork Chops for This Recipe?
All you have on hand are bone-in pork chops and would still like to try this recipe? Go for it! Meat on the bone can be more flavorful and certainly harder to overcook than boneless. Simply increase your cooking time by 2 minutes per side and watch your temperature carefully. Again, internal temp should be 155-160 prior to resting. Instant read digital meat thermometer=best friend.
What If I Don’t Have a Grill Pan?
Don’t have a grill pan? Don’t panic! It’s going to be okay. Any heavy bottomed frying pan will do. Just make sure to preheat it and you are good to go.
Don’t be afraid to pull out your seasoned cast iron pans for this recipe (grill or otherwise). Don’t be intimidated by cast iron it is easier to take care of than you think. Take a look at this easy cast-iron seasoning guide.
Not feeling using your frying pan? Try this recipe for easy oven baked pork chops. Either way you cook ’em, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Easy Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops Recipe
- Grill Pan
- 2 pieces center-cut boneless pork chops
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Place grill pan on stovetop and turn heat to medium. Make sure you have the exhaust fan on as it can get smokey.
- Lightly brush both sides of pork chops with olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and rub in brown sugar well on both sides.
- Place pork chops in heated grill pan and let grill for about 4 minutes. It may be necessary to adjust flame down a bit if they appear to be grilling too hot. But DO NOT touch them or move them around. Let the grill on first side for the 4 minutes.
- Now flip pork chops over and grill on 2nd side for 4 minutes.
- Turn off heat but leave pork chops in the grill pan and cover with aluminum foil and let sit for 5-10 minutes. This will finish the cooking process while keeping the pork chops juicy.
- Remove pork chops from pan and serve.
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