How to cook pork chops in the oven

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Ok. These Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops have convinced me to make pork chops in the oven more often. They are tender, moist, succulent and perfectly delicious tender morsels of pork and that brown sugar sauce? Divine! 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 favourite pork chops recipe! (of course, because it’s sweet with garlic, how can you lose?)

Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork ChopsSaucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops on a plate with rice

Tender, Juicy, Oven Baked Pork Chops

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! I don’t like it overcooked and being a stickler for food safety, I just didn’t make it. However now?

  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 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!
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Oven Baked Pork Chops Recipe Video

Oven baked pork chops are the best way to cook pork chops 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.

Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork ChopsSaucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops in a pan covered with 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. You will never go back to the smaller ones again!

Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork ChopsSaucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops on white rice

What Temperature Should Pork Chops be Cooked To?

You can now cook pork chops to 145 °F. I recommend using a solid digital meat thermometer to check your porkchops and make sure they are cooked to the right temperature. 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:

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

You don’t really want to cook pork chops 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 pork 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 backgroundSaucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops with Pyrex Snowflake Garland pan in the background

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