These easy oven-baked pork chops couldn’t be simpler for you to make. It’s a dinner your family is sure to love.
Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? With just a few basic ingredients Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops will be on the table in no time. A basic homemade rub is all you need to create a delicious main dish with just the right blend of salty and sweet. Let’s get cookin’!
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Baked Pork Chops
Oven-baked pork chops are the perfect meal for any occasion. This versatile main dish is ideal for a quick weeknight meal with a side of roasted vegetables and a box of rice pilaf; or, dress it up for a Sunday dinner with mashed potatoes and pan-seared Brussel sprouts.
Either way, the hint of sweetness from the brown sugar in this rub is sure to make this an instant family favorite and a recipe you will return to time and time again.
How To Make Easy Oven-Baked Pork Chops
The preparation for this dish couldn’t be simpler or faster. A quick and easy rub is all the seasoning you need and baked on a foil-lined baking sheet clean up is a breeze.
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:
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Small bowl
- Tongs or spatula
- Digital meat thermometer (optional)
Tips For Baking Pork Chops In The Oven
If you have more questions, please leave them in the comments. Here are answers to questions and some helpful tips.
How Long to Cook Pork Chops in Oven
The pork chops will take 30 minutes total in the oven. The ideal pork chops cooking temp is 325 degrees.
15 minutes per side is all you need for the perfect pork chop. Baking the pork chops uncovered and flipping halfway through the cooking time will allow the brown sugar to caramelize and give you a beautiful crust.
Pork Chop Cooking Temperature
Here is where the optional digital meat thermometer can be your best friend. Pork chops should be cooked to an internal temp of 155-160 degrees. Always allow your meat to rest after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute.
If you cut into your meat too soon, the juices will run all over the plate rather than giving you a deliciously juicy cut.
How To Cook More Than 2 Pork Chops
Want to cook more than 2 chops? Simply increase your cook time by 4 minutes per side. One word of advice when increasing quantity, take care not to overcrowd your baking sheet. This same tip applies when browning meat in a skillet.
Overcrowding your meat will steam it rather than give you the beautiful color you are looking for and remember color equals flavor.
Baked Pork Chop Seasoning
This rub is so beautifully simple you guys. In a small bowl combine your salt, pepper, and brown sugar before rubbing the pork chops. Generously apply the rub to your pork chops and don’t be afraid to give them a real good massage.
This rub is perfect in its simplicity. Once you’ve tried it as is don’t be afraid to tweak it to suit your family’s tastes. Garlic lovers in your family? Add some garlic powder. Want to try a touch of paprika? Go for it.
Cooking shouldn’t be intimidating. As I always say baking is science but cooking is art. I always recommend making a recipe as written first but then play with it. Have fun.
Bone-In Pork Chop vs. Boneless Pork Chop
Can you make this recipe using a boneless pork chop? Short answer, absolutely.
Absolutely you can make this with boneless pork chops I say reluctantly. I completely understand some folks have strong feelings about meat on the bone. A boneless pork chop increases the risk of overcooking and giving you a dry piece of shoe leather. However, if you pay close attention to your cooking time and again a digital meat thermometer will aid you in cooking the perfect boneless pork chop.
I prefer a bone-in pork chop. Bone-in proteins are more flavorful and are perfect for a foolproof cooking process. Overcooking and drying out a bone-in pork chop is much harder to do.
Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops (bone in)
- Small Bowl
- Shallow Baking Pan
- Meat Thermometer
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- Combine salt, pepper, and brown sugar in a small bowl.
- Line a shallow baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray
- Coat both sides of pork chops with salt, pepper, and brown sugar and rub in well.
- Place coated pork chops in baking pan and cook for 15 minutes on center rack of oven. Turn over and cook an additional 15 minutes for a total of 30 minutes cooking time.
- Remove from oven and let pork chops rest on a plate for about 5 minutes before eating.
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