The Best Juicy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops

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These Juicy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops have convinced me to make them in the oven more often. No more dry, unpleasant pork chops! These juicy brown sugar baked pork chops are melt in your mouth tender!

Saucy Baked Pork Chops on a bed of rice on a blue and white plate
Juicy Oven Baked Pork Chops

How To Oven Bake Pork Chops So They Are Juicy, Flavorful And Tender.

Oven baked pork chops are fast and easy, you simply pop them in and let them cook while you prep the rest of the dinner. This is my favorite pork chop recipe! (of course, because it's sweet with garlic, how can you lose?)The time has come my friends, to enjoy pork chops like they have always been meant to enjoy. Tender. Juicy. Succulent. Does this sound like the pork chops that you ate growing up? Of course it doesn't!

Our parents had to cook the ever living heck out of pork and we ate shoe leather as children. Mr Magpie actually wouldn't eat pork chops until the new recommended pork cooking temps came out. We honestly didn't eat much pork the first ten years of our marriage. Now, this is an often requested weeknight dinner!

Some tips before you get started

What’s Better, Bone-in or Boneless?

Don’t buy boneless pork chops. Believe it or not, buying pork chops with the bone in is much better. Why is this? Bones actually lend flavor and moisture to the meat and removing them will lead to a less satisfying overall taste. Furthermore, pork chops with the bone still attached help slow down the speed at which the meat is cooked which in turn, gives you more leeway time wise when cooking.

Pork Chop
Pork Chop

Room temperature meat makes a difference!

Let your pork chops come to room temperature before cooking. According to most chefs, letting the meat sit for 20-30 minutes at room temperature allows for more even cooking throughout! If you transfer directly from the fridge to the oven without letting it sit first, you may end up with some areas being more cooked than others. Try this tip and taste the difference!

Fat means flavor!

Don’t cut the fat off! This might seem like a no brainer but cutting off the fat is like guaranteeing your pork chops will taste more bland than normal. Never cut the fat off before cooking, there are very few instances with any meat when this is recommended.

Foolproof cooking with an Instant-Read Thermometer!

Always use a meat thermometer when cooking. A fast digital one like my much treasured Thermapen are the best for instant readings. Make sure you only cook to the recommended safe temperature which is currently 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Instant-read thermometer – Thermapen

Ingredients

  • Soy sauce – use low sodium if you want to cut down on salt
  • Worcestershire Sauce – this is a super key ingredient for flavor
  • Minced garlic – fresh is best but I love using jarred minced garlic for a fast trick (avoid garlic powder if possible)!
  • Ketchup – use your favorite brand
  • Brown sugar – this gives the sauce it's caramel flavor
  • Pork chops – thicker is best but even in my video I used fast fry to show you how easy this is!

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, Worcestershire, garlic, ketchup and brown sugar . Adjust this mixture to taste, some people like more ketchup along with the brown sugar. Once you have adjusted it to taste, move on to the next step.
  • Pat dry your pork chops with a paper towel to remove any leftover moisture or blood from the packaging, then place the pork chops in the bottom of a baking pan. Pour the sauce over the pork chops.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 °F.
  • Remove and serve. The sauce is excellent on rice!

When are the pork chops done?

You’ll know these oven baked pork chops are good to go when they reach an internal temperature of 145 °F. As mentioned above, this usually takes about 25-30 minutes in the oven but for fool-proof cooking, check them at the 20 minute mark with a digital instant-read thermometer to know for sure. All ovens are different so they make take a little less time or a little more depending on the brand of oven.

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What is the Best Way to Cook Pork Chops?

Oven baked is the best way if you don't have time to babysit them on the stove in a skillet. While it's far easier to gauge the temperature when cooking them on the stove ( it's easier to insert the thermometer when you are cooking on the stove rather than opening the oven time and time again) oven baked means that you don't have to watch them as closely.

pork chops in the bottom of baking pan together with the sauce

How to Choose your Pork Chops

When it comes to selecting your pork chops, I always recommend at least an inch thick if you can get them. How long they take to cook in the oven depends on how thick the pork chops are. If they are the “normal” size (I would call 1/2 inch thick pork chops a standard size throughout grocery stores) then they can take anywhere from 25-30 minutes. However, if they are thicker (and these are the best ones in my opinion) they can take 35-40 minutes. I adore a good one inch thick pork chop and if I can, I will choose those. Ask your local grocery store butcher if they can cut you pork chops an inch thick.

Close up of a sauce covered pork chop on white rice

What Temperature Should Pork Chops be Cooked To?

You can now cook pork to 145 °F. I recommend using a solid digital meat thermometer to check your temperatures and make sure they are cooked correctly. I personally use a Thermapen which is excellent because it gives you a reading right away without losing too much heat from the oven/bbq/etc. They also come in pretty colors like this:

Yellow, Red, Blue and Green Instant Read Thermometers

How do you cook pork chops without drying them out?

Pork is a very lean meat on the surface and as you know will dry out very fast. Even these oven baked pork chops that have a sauce are cooked lower. That homemade shake and bake mix of mine has olive oil in it, which makes up for the lack of fat on the outside of the chops. That's why you can bake those at 400 degrees, you will get a seriously crispy, amazing pork chop! For any other that doesn't have an oil based coating that crisps up, cook it at 350 °F. To make sure they don’t dry out, just keep an eye on their internal temperature and make sure to follow my tips above and not cut the fat off or use boneless pork chops.

Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops with Pyrex Snowflake Garland pan in the background
Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops with Pyrex Snowflake Garland pan in the background

How to Store the Leftovers

When it comes to these tender pork chops, I highly doubt you’ll have any leftovers but on the rare chance that you do, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. I personally recommend eating them the next day though otherwise the marinade and the pork may start to dry out, and nobody wants that to happen!

Is Pork Healthy or Unhealthy

Pork is a very lean meat, not unlike chicken, and as such, it’s a great choice for people on a diet (such as low carb) or those of us looking to reduce our calories and focus on food that is packed with nutrition. It’s also rich in iron and zinc as well as other vitamins and minerals your body needs. Pork is also full of high quality protein. Want to learn more about the health benefits of pork? Check out this article on WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/diet/pork-good-for-you

What to Serve With Pork Chops

I personally like to serve these ones up on a bed of rice but you can also serve with a side of vegetables soaked in butter or over mashed potatoes.

Mix things up and try a few of these options:

  • Try my Broccoli Salad for a healthy side dish, it's always a family favorite.
  • In the middle of winter and want something fresh? My winter citrus avocado salad is a taste of summer on a plate!
  • Nothing beats a good sweet dinner roll recipe for a comfort food side dish.

How do I make Shake and Bake pork chops?

That's SO easy! You just get my Homemade Shake and Bake recipe and bake away! This is honestly the best Shake and Bake recipe, all ingredients that you have at home in your pantry and easy as heck to make! You're going to love it!

Need some more Pork Dinner Recipes? Try these!

  1. How to Cook a Pork Loin Roast
  2. The Best Pulled Pork Ever: Beer n' BBQ
  3. Parmesan Panko Pork Chops
  4. Spicy Pork Roast
  5. Retro 7Up, Pineapple Cherry Slow Cooker Ham

Happy cooking!

Love,

Karlynn

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Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops

Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops are a fast, easy and delicious way to bake pork chops! The entire family will love them! 
4.93 from 628 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
North American
Servings
4
Calories
339
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 pork chops

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  • Stir together the soy sauce, Worcestershire, garlic, ketchup and brown sugar . Adjust this mixture to taste, some people like more ketchup along with the brown sugar. Once you have adjusted it to taste, move on to the next step. 
  • Place the pork chops in the bottom of a baking pan, cast iron skillet or oven safe skillet of your choice.  Pour the sauce over the pork chops. 
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 °F.
  • Remove and serve. The sauce is excellent on rice! 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional facts will vary due to size of pork chops and products used. 
  • To measure the temperature, insert the thermometer into the deepest part of the pork chop
 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 752mg, Potassium: 636mg, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 1.5mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Patty Fisher says

    Suzie, You don’t have to give 3 comments with a 1 star rating. The pork chops are delicious. I have a feeling there are more to your comments than meets the eye.5 stars

  2. Patrice says

    This recipe is great! My entire family loved it, even my son who doesn’t like pork chops! The only thing I changed was instead of soy sauce I used coconut amino acids. I also had to cook them about 30 minutes, they were very thick chops.5 stars

  3. Casey says

    If you are doing boneless pork chops poke some holes on the top (similar to a poke cake ) and then do the sauce . The sauce is a bit runny however I microwaved for 10-15 sec and it stayed thick on the pork chops . My own personal taste I added 2 tbsp of garlic and it was delicious4 stars

  4. Rackz says

    This is a nice and easy pork chop recipe! Don’t mind the negative comments here. They sound like they don’t know how to cook. 1st it’s baked chop if you’re cooking for a long time you know that you can’t brown any meat by baking you have to sear it first so you can locked in the flavor if you seasoned your meat first. Then if you want a thick sauce for crying out loud lessen the amount of sugar and put honey on it or you can easily boil it so the sugar will dissolve and make the sauce thicker. Recipe are made according to the cook preferences not yours so adjust it according to your liking and quit complaining!4 stars

  5. Michelle Lee Zamora says

    Awesome! My family’s reaction to this dish was a huge surprise. They said best chops they have ever eaten.5 stars

  6. Cheryl says

    We would rate this recipe at 6 stars if we could!

    These chops were so tender, moist, and floral ever! I did double the amount of sauce. I did use thick cut boneless chops which required an additional 10 minutes in our oven. Both my husband and rated these chops as a 10 of 10 which we have never done before.5 stars

  7. Suzie says

    Sauce was very runny and not at all flavorable. Pork chops did not brown.1 star

  8. Suzie says

    Sauce was very runny and not at all flavorable. Pork chops did not brown.1 star

  9. Suzie says

    Sauce was very runny and not flavorable. Pork chops did not brown.1 star

    • Patty Fisher says

      Suzie, You don’t have to give 3 comments with a 1 star rating. The pork chops are delicious. I have a feeling there are more to your comments than meets the eye.5 stars

  10. Brian says

    I enjoyed this recipe. I served it along with fried rice and broccoli. I doubled the recipe so I had extra sauce. Although I didn’t quite double the brown sugar, it just seemed excessive. I pulled them when my thermometer read 135, after resting under foil the came up to 145°. Juicy and tender. Gonna try with boneless chicken thighs tonight.5 stars

  11. Denise says

    Pork chops did not glaze up like the photo! Very white and runny sauce. Ended up put it under the broiler!

  12. Molly says

    This whole recipe is wacky. Why don’t you have a video of the thick cut pork chops in the picture?? The whole page harps on the importance of the cut of chop then you show us a video of these mesaly pork chop with no fat so of course the sauce stays thick the pork chop don’t break down at all. I’ve been looking for a chop recipe with a thick sweet sticky sauce for ages and this one was the biggest fail yet.1 star

  13. Karen Opper says

    Loved this! I didn’t measure everything out exactly like you laid out, but I did taste it and decided to go for it. Thanks for helping me find a new way to make pork chops my family loves!

  14. Mague says

    Made this and loved it!! DELICIOUS 😋 I used bone in pork chop, average size. Not too thick. Seasoned with salt and lots of black pepper. Seared chops and baked with sauce. OMG, the best! The black pepper gave it a little kick. Sauce was right on… Making baked chicken with this sauce. Thank you for sharing!2 stars

    • Mague says

      Me Mague, I forgot to star my rating. should be a 10 in my opinion. I normally don’t leave reviews but this sauce was so delicious delicious I had to.5 stars

  15. Dana says

    Followed directions to a “T”. Sauce was runny and tasted too much like ketchup. My chops were lean, not fatty. Might try it again with less ketchup and perhaps simmer the sauce to reduce and thicken it before application on pork. I read the instructions a couple of times. Neither the instructions or video shows reduction of sauce.2 stars

  16. Shelly says

    Delicious! Very easy to make. The sauce was nice and rich. Definitely will be making this again5 stars

  17. bec says

    Pork was too tough and sauce was runny. tried everything to thicken it but wont be making this again2 stars

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