Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops

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These Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops have convinced me to make them in the oven more often. They are tender, moist, succulent and perfectly delicious tender morsels of pork and that brown sugar sauce? Divine!  

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

Tender, Juicy, Oven Baked Pork Chops

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 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!

Oven Baked Pork Chop 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!
  • 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!

How to Make Oven Baked Pork Chops

  • 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. 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!

How to Cook Pork Chops Properly

  1. Now we can now cook pork to 145 °F. This means that unlike our Moms, we actually end up with a great pork chop pork chops instead of shoe leather.
  2. Now we can buy pork chops with a nice ring of fat around them…and the inner meat won’t be cooked into a dry circle of sawdust. Anyone else do that? The meat shrinks and the fat stays…it’s no wonder I gave up on pork chops. (learn more about pork chop nutrition)
  3. Now you can make all sorts of fancy sauces and cook pork chops QUICKLY! These babies cooked up in 25 minutes, talk about a fast dinner!

 

Watch How I Make Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops

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 babysit them as much.

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

How long do I cook pork chops in the oven?

How long to cook pork chops 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. If they are thicker ( and these are the best ones in my opinion) they can take 35-40. 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 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!

How long do I cook pork chops in the oven at 400 °F?

You don’t really want to cook these at 400 degrees UNLESS you have a coating on it like when you use homemade shake and bake. 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 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.

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

Bone-in or Boneless Pork Chops?

Either type of pork will work with this pork chop recipe, you can use the bone in or boneless, it’s all about your preference. You can also use quick fry pork chops or thicker ones, I prefer the thicker ones myself but know that a lot of people love the fast fry. Just make sure not to cook them to shoe leather!

Four raw, thick bone in pork chops on white background

What to Serve With Pork Chops

  • 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.

 

Tips & Tricks for Baking Pork Chops

  • Get thee to the store or Amazon and buy yourself a decent thermometer! We LOVE our Thermapen, it’s never let us down, has lasted for years upon years and was the one recommended by Consumer Reports as the most reliable and long-lasting thermometer. Yes, it’s pricey, but when you add up the price of over-cooked or ruined meals? It’s actually priceless.
  • Trust the USDA and please try to cook your pork at 145 °F! I know, I know, it’s really hard to get used to the fact that your pork might be pink. My mom just couldn’t deal with it the first time I made a nice, juicy PINK PORK roast hahaha! I still remember her shock and disgust! There is still a generation or two that just won’t cook it like that, but you should! Once you realize you can cook it like that and taste it? You are never going back again!

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! 
4.99 from 202 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. Carol says

    I’ve honestly never left a review for a recipe before (even for some good ones) but this by far is the absolute best. Tried it once a few weeks ago, and I’ve been hounded by my husband and kids for it! Followed the recipe exactly. This has become a staple in our house. Thank you!5 stars

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      That is so great to hear! Thanks for letting me know!!5 stars

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