Sweet Barbecue Pork Chops

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

8 servings

Updated: Jul. 18, 2023
I often prepare a double batch of these tangy barbecue pork chops, then freeze half to keep on hand. They are so easy and taste so fresh, family and friends never guess this quick entree was frozen! —Susan Holderman, Fostoria, Ohio
Sweet Barbecue Pork Chops Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 8 boneless pork loin chops (3/4 inch thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup each ketchup, barbecue sauce, French salad dressing and honey

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In batches, brown pork chops 2-3 minutes on each side. Return all to pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients; pour over chops. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 4-5 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in pork reads 145°. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Can you freeze Sweet Barbecued Pork Chops?

Place pork chops in freezer containers; top with sauce. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring sauce; add water if necessary.

Barbecue Pork Chops Tips

How do you keep pork chops from drying out?

The best way to keep pork chops from drying out is to keep a close eye on the internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to test the pork for doneness—you’re looking for an internal temperature of 145° for maximum juiciness. Brining pork chops before cooking them is another way to improve moisture retention.

Can you use bone-in pork chops?

Although we use boneless pork chops for this recipe, you can absolutely use bone-in pork chops instead. Boneless pork chops cook quickly (4 to 5 minutes per side), making them our go-to choice for easy pork chop recipes. While cooking time varies for bone-in chops depending on their thickness, most bone-in pork chops are finished in approximately 8 to 10 minutes per side. Using an instant-read thermometer is the best way to know—not guess—when the pork is finished.

Can you grill barbecue pork chops?

When the weather is agreeable, feel free to take this barbecue pork chop recipe outside. Once you become familiar with how to grill pork chops, you’ll find this method adds an incredible flavor to the pork. We recommend grilling over medium heat, and a standard, 2-inch-thick boneless pork chop should cook in about 4 to 6 minutes per side.

What do you serve with barbecue pork chops?

The classic pairings for barbecue pork chops include coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread or potato salad. You can also consider serving grilled vegetables, such as grilled corn or grilled asparagus, to add a fresh and flavorful element to the meal.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 pork chop: 282 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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