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BBQ Pork Chops

Updated on August 25, 2013
BBQ Pork Chops and fresh corn with basil butter
BBQ Pork Chops and fresh corn with basil butter | Source

Baked Pork Chops

I love pork chops – BBQ pork chops, grilled pork chops, fried pork chops, broiled chops, and baked pork chops. I made some BBQ pork chops tonight for dinner, along with some fresh corn-on-the-cob with basil butter. They were wonderful! And when compared to having to stand over a frying pan or get the grill ready, these were easy pork chops. There was plenty of flavor, with just a little kick. The meat was tender and not at all dry, and there was BBQ sauce clinging nicely to both sides. Also, the sauce remained thick through the cooking process, and the meat wasn’t swimming in greasy liquid. Pork chops in the oven can be just as tasty as the grilled version. What’s that? Are you worried about missing out on the smoky flavor provided by the grill? No problem – just add some Liquid Smoke to your sauce! If you’re in the mood for BBQ pork chops, read on for a recipe I think you’ll like.

Fresh corn is great with practically all pork chop recipes!
Fresh corn is great with practically all pork chop recipes! | Source

Baked Pork Chops

I love pork chops – BBQ pork chops, grilled pork chops, fried pork chops, broiled chops, and baked pork chops. I made some BBQ pork chops tonight for dinner, along with some fresh corn-on-the-cob with basil butter. They were wonderful! And when compared to having to stand over a frying pan or get the grill ready, these were easy pork chops. There was plenty of flavor, with just a little kick. The meat was tender and not at all dry, and there was BBQ sauce clinging nicely to both sides. Also, the sauce remained thick through the cooking process, and the meat wasn’t swimming in greasy liquid. Pork chops in the oven can be just as tasty as the grilled version. What’s that? Are you worried about missing out on the smoky flavor provided by the grill? No problem – just add some Liquid Smoke to your sauce! If you’re in the mood for BBQ pork chops, read on for a recipe I think you’ll like.

Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled Pork Chops | Source

Grilled Pork Chops

Most people really like the smoky flavor of grilled pork chops. Unfortunately, you can’t always get outdoors for grilling. BBQ pork chops in the oven can be almost as good as grilled pork chops, if you cook them correctly. If you don’t, you could wind up with a soupy, greasy mess, or you could wind up with tough, dry chops. You can get some of the smoky flavor of grilled pork chops into your oven pork chops by adding some Liquid Smoke to your BBQ sauce.

My BBQ pork chops in the oven can easily be turned into grilled pork chops. Just season the chops and spray them with cooking spray, the same as in my recipe. Grill the pork over hot coals for about four minutes per side for chops that are a half-inch thick. Next, brush the chops with BBQ sauce, or dip them in the sauce. Place the pork chops back on the grill, away from the fire, and close the lid. Cook for about four or five more minutes, or until pork is cooked through.

To be honest, grilled pork chops are much better if you use thicker chops. If you decide to use thick pork chops, you’ll need to adjust the grill heat and the cooking time. Thick grilled pork chops need to cook over medium heat for a longer period of time. A meat thermometer is the best way to know when the meat is done. The latest recommendation from the USDA for pork is 145 degrees, plus three minutes of rest time.

Baked Pork Chops - with BBQ sauce
Baked Pork Chops - with BBQ sauce | Source

How To Cook Pork Chops In The Oven

In most cases, oven pork chops are easy pork chops. You can usually just start them and forget them until they’re done. How to cook pork chops in the oven? That depends on what flavors you’re shooting for. Baked pork chops with cream of mushroom soup are good, and so are pork chops with teriyaki sauce and pineapple. You can also fry pork chops in the oven. If you’d like a great recipe for oven fried pork chops, just click the link. Of course, pork chops in the oven can also be cooked with BBQ sauce, which is what this particular recipe is all about.

How to cook pork chops in the oven – in regard to cooking temperature and time? That depends a lot on how thick your chops are. When I cook chops that are about a half-inch thick, I usually cook them at 350 degrees for about an hour. I do these BBQ pork chops a little differently, however, because I want the sugar in the BBQ sauce to caramelize. As for covering the chops or baking them uncovered, that’s up to you. If I’m using a lot of liquid with oven pork chops, I don’t usually cover them. If I’m not using much liquid, I usually cover the chops for part of the cooking time.

Line a metal baking sheet with two layers of foil.
Line a metal baking sheet with two layers of foil. | Source
Spray foil with cooking spray.
Spray foil with cooking spray. | Source
Rinse pork and place on paper towels.
Rinse pork and place on paper towels. | Source
Sprinkle top side of chops with dry seasonings.
Sprinkle top side of chops with dry seasonings. | Source
Place chops on pan, seasoned side down. Spray top side of chops with cooking spray and sprinkle on dry seasonings.
Place chops on pan, seasoned side down. Spray top side of chops with cooking spray and sprinkle on dry seasonings. | Source
Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes. | Source
Combine BBQ sauce and Liquid Smoke.
Combine BBQ sauce and Liquid Smoke. | Source
Drain all liquid from pan.
Drain all liquid from pan. | Source
Blot chops dry.
Blot chops dry. | Source
Dip chops in BBQ sauce with tongs.
Dip chops in BBQ sauce with tongs. | Source
Return chops to oven.
Return chops to oven. | Source
Broil for a minute or two to brown chops.
Broil for a minute or two to brown chops. | Source

BBQ Pork Chops

For these BBQ pork chops, I use a little over a cup of homemade BBQ sauce or an 18-ounce bottle of a commercial brand. Don’t skip the steps I suggest for drying your chops. Doing so will help keep your sauce thick and your chops tasty.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Makes six servings.

Ingredients

  • butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 6 center-cut pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
  • Lawry's garlic salt with parsley
  • paprika
  • black pepper
  • 18 ounce bottle BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large shallow metal pan with two layers of foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse pork chops and dry on paper towels. Sprinkle top side with garlic salt, paprika, and pepper.
  3. Arrange chops on foil, seasoned side down. Spray top side of pork chops with cooking spray, aiming can at lean portions only. Sprinkle top side of chops with dry seasonings.
  4. Cover chops with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. While the pork is baking, combine the BBQ sauce and Liquid Smoke in a bowl.
  6. Remove pan from oven and increase heat to 400 degrees. Uncover chops and drain away liquids. Remove chops from pan with tongs and drain meat quickly on paper towels.
  7. With the tongs, dip each chop in BBQ sauce and return to pan. Continue cooking for fifteen minutes.
  8. I like my BBQ pork chops to have a little dark brown or black on them, where the sauce is super caramelized. If you like yours that way, turn on the broiler unit in your oven after the chops are done baking. Leave them under the broiler for just a minute or two, until they’re nicely browned or slightly blackened. After removing the pork from the oven, cover them with foil and allow them to rest for three or four minutes. Serve the chops while they’re piping hot, with extra sauce, if you like. These BBQ pork chops are great with fresh corn!

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      Lena Durante 

      15 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Your photos are positively mouth-watering! I'm glad I found this recipe, just in time for grilling season.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Dream On, for me, the meat thermometer is the best way to be sure. Maybe you need another type of thermometer? Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      DREAM ON 

      3 years ago

      I can't wait to try your pork chop recipe. I recently cooked center cut pork chops five minutes a side on the grill.They came out good. I seasoned them lightly. They were moist inside. How can I be sure if they are cooked enough? I tried a meat thermometer it didn't even register. I usually wait till there golden brown on a low heat.If they had a bone I check to see if they peel away easily then their done. Do you know a better way ?

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      Ryan 

      3 years ago from Manchester

      These BBQ pork chops look delicious. I love the corn on the cob as well. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing, voted up!:D

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      Clara Myers 

      4 years ago from USA, East Coast

      Amazing pics. I know what I'm having for dinner tonight.

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      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      Yummy! These look fantastic! My grandmother was from the south. She fried everything. I love to barbecue, but never learned how to barbecue pork chops. I've always made the mistake of baking them in the sauce from the beginning. This is excellent. Thank you. And I know my husband will thank you too when I make these for him! :)

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      So, Ceres, what are you favorite pork chops? I think mine are BBQ and fried.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Rose, I'm glad you find the recipe interesting. Thanks for visiting!

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      4 years ago

      Wow, this recipe looks good. Looking at the images is making me hungry. I like pork chops too.

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      rose-the planner 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      What a great recipe! This is definitely a must try. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, epbooks!

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm a vegetarian, but the recipe could probably fit right in on a veggie /tofu menu. I'll share this too for my meat-eating friends! :) Great job here!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Hatter, I'm glad you stopped by, too!

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      Martin Kloess 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Boy am I glad I stopped by. thank you

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