Sweet and Salty Pork Chops

Sweet and Salty Pork Chops. These baked pork chops are marinated in a delicious brown sugar and soy sauce mix. They’re tender, and all around delicious. 

sweet and salt pork chops

My daughter was a little premature. She was born at 36 weeks exactly. She also had IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction), which means that she was just a tiny little peanut when she was born. When we left the hospital, she weighed 4 pounds 8 ounces. Her first few months of life, she grew fairy slowly – nothing wrong, just doing things at her own pace. Around 6 months, we introduced baby food – she got excited and started picking up the growing pace. Then around 9 months, we gave her some ‘real food’ at Thanksgiving. From that day on, girl would throw any baby food we gave her, and scream until we gave her whatever we were eating. And she did not want just a taste of what we were eating, but a solid portion. The growing took off.

At some point when she was screaming to let us know that she wanted more dinner, my husband said something along the lines of, “It’s coming Pork Chop!”, and my son thought that was hilarious. So, the nickname of ‘Pork Chop’ stuck for a while. I want to note that I understand that if the nickname ‘Pork Chop’ kept up, it could cause her issues, and I do not take that lightly. But, as a tiny little peanut eating an adult sized portion and screaming about wanting more, it was funny for it’s time.

All that to say, I’ve only had pork chops a few times in my life, but all the pork chop chat around my house made me think about them, and want them. So, a few weeks ago I made these sweet and salty pork chops for dinner, and they did not disappoint. A word to anyone who makes them: make sure you use allll the sauce in the pan, because none of that delicious stuff should go to waste.

sweet and salt pork chops

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sweet and salty pork chops
Sweet and Salty Pork Chops

These baked pork chops are marinated in a delicious brown sugar and soy sauce mix. They’re tender, and all around delicious. 

Servings: 6 pork chops
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless pork chops about 1" thick
  • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except for pork chops and olive oil.
  2. Place pork chops in marinade and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Place pork chops in skillet and sear on each side for about 1 minute.
  6. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until pork chops reach internal temp of 145 degrees. This will be 12-18 minutes depending on the size of your pork chops. Check frequently as you do not want to overcook them.

sweet and salt pork chops

sweet and salty pork chops

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