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.
  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!



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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! 

5 from 108 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
Main Course
North American
Karlynn Johnston


  • 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


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 °F.

  5. 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. Dawn says

    I don’t like soy. Will it still comes out ok without it? Or can I use diverging else in place of it?

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      Coconut aminos are a replacement for soy, but the soy is essential to the taste of this recipe.5 stars

  2. Britney says

    I am writing this comment as the pork chops are cooking, so I have not yet tasted the finished product. However, even if somehow they turn out terrible (which I highly doubt they will), this recipe deserves five stars because THE SAUCE IS AMAZING!!!!! I did add a tiny bit of salt and a little black pepper, but it doesn’t even need it. I carefully poured the sauce onto the pork chops so that I could save any extra sauce (without it touching the raw meat) to just eat while the chops cooked. Delicious!! We’re going to have this with roasted red potatoes tonight, but I know this would also taste amazing with rice! I might even make just this sauce to have with plain rice sometime! I’m also definitely going to try what others have suggested and make this with chicken. This recipe is a keeper for sure! Thank you soooooo much!!5 stars

  3. Caren says

    Super Delicious! I will definitely make this again AND use the sauce for chicken. BTW I made rice with the liquid from the pan. It added a wonderful flavor and color to the rice.5 stars

  4. Laney says

    This was an easy and yummy recipe. My only question is after the pork cooks, due to the liquid in the pork, the BBQ Sauce was very thin. Yours looked thick. How do I get that? Btw I doubled the recipe as many suggested.5 stars

  5. Christin says

    I enjoyed this, and it is an awesome base recipe. I meant to add molasses to the sauce but forgot. I was going to make cornbread to go with it, but realized I didn’t have any eggs, and rice just didn’t seem appealing. I did serve this with asparagus. Very tasty. I’m thinking about putting the chops on a bed of rosemary next time.

    Mine didn’t exactly come out the color of yours. I wonder if putting the chops under the broiler to caramelize the sauce might do the trick.4 stars

  6. Francesca Dellosa says

    Love love love this sauce!!!!! I personally doubled the ingredients for 6 small chops and it came out perfect ?5 stars

  7. Jennifer Swanger says

    I’m making these tonight for dinner. I can’t wait to try them??

  8. Linda Santillan says

    I’d like measurements for the sauce ingredients please.

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      The measurements are in the recipe card!

  9. Timothy Jones says

    Had these for dinner tonight and decided this one is a keeper. Made it with only 3 pork chops with the intention of eating one and having 2 other meals, but unfortunately I ate 2 because they were so good over a bed of rice. Thank you for this fantastic recipe.

  10. Karen Bevevino says

    This was so delish!!!! looked just like the picture…..made with Jasmine rice and roasted broccoli and carrots. You’ll need bread for dipping! Will make again and again!5 stars

    • Karlynn says

      That’s amazing to hear Karen, we eat this at least once a month even in the summer months! These honestly are the best baked pork chops ever!5 stars

    • Karlynn says

      If the skillet is seasoned you don’t need to, and if you use the non stick bakeware then it’s fine.5 stars

  11. Panela says

    Sorry but these chops were tasteless. And looked even worse. Just grey and never caramelized.

    • Mr. Kitchen Magpie says

      If the meat is grey you have a bigger problem than the sauce recipe! Pork should be tender and white inside when cooked, your meat was definitely off and I wouldn’t be eating grey meat!5 stars

    • Jane says

      I made these too. The sauce was yummy but was not near enough to cover the chops like it does in the video. And I agree with another comment. They looked greyish in color on the outside. Not on the inside. They were freshly bought chops.
      I had to make more sauce to cover them after they were cooked.

      • Von says

        The recipe doesn’t say but I truly believe searing those chops first will do the trick with the Grey color some cooks are having

  12. Carrie says

    I have made a recipe similar t this but I dusted the pork chops in flour and quick fried them before placing in baking dish and adding the sauce.5 stars

  13. Heather says

    I much ingredients do I use if I am making more than 4 pork chops, do I just double it?? And can I bake them in a 9 by 13 glass pan?

  14. April Morris says

    In the recipe it says add pork chops to baking pan. In the video she uses a cast iron skillet. Isn’t that going to make a difference?

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      No, it’s still an open pan and they’ll cook fine in either one.5 stars

      • kortney says

        Do you cover the top of the pan with tin foil?5 stars

    • Staci Bryant says

      Cooking with cast iron is a better flavour than cooking with glass .

  15. Michele Register says

    I love this!! Always make extra because it’s awesome on rice and noodles!!5 stars

        • Laura Dunagan says

          This was so easy to make, and sooooo delicious!5 stars

        • D.J. says

          1) Allergic to broccoli. 2) Never met a cocktail you didn’t like. 3) Would rather burn down the house instead of cleaning.
          All things being equal, you MUST be married. ? Lucky guy!5 stars

  16. Mike says

    It taste good, but I believe thats just a bbq sauce recipe to put on your pork chops before you bake them.5 stars

    • Norman charron says

      I made this tonight and it was amazing very tasty juicy and will make it again and again. Great recipe5 stars

        • Karlynn Johnston says

          No, you want the sauce to reduce while they are cooking.

          • April says

            I baked my inch thick pork chops in a glass baking dish lined with foil for 35 min at 350F, and they seemed raw still. Did I do something wrong?

  17. April says

    These were so good, thanks for the great recipe as always! I might make more sauce next time beause we love our rice, but that’s the only change I would make.5 stars

  18. Mallory says

    What kind of plate is the pork chop on? It’s so cute!5 stars

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      It’s a Corelle pattern from last year!5 stars

      • Bear says

        I have made this recipe time and time again for many different people and it’s always a winner!5 stars

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