Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops

My family eats bone-in pork chops quite frequently. We like them, they are easy to prepare, and they are cheap! I can snag a large package of these for less than a dollar per pound on sale. We freeze them individually and pull out a couple the night before we want to cook them.

This is a new recipe for me, and one that I will definitely use again. It resulted in juicy, flavorful pork chops. My only beef with pork (pun intended, haha) is that it can be easy to overcook. That did not happen with this recipe, they were cooked to perfection.

*Note: in the picture they look a little burnt on the outside, but I think the rub just blackens really easily because they did not taste burnt at all.

This recipe is another one from the awesome Paula Deen magazine I found.

Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops

printable recipe 

2 Tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
4 bone-in pork chops
1 Tbsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine first ten ingredients.

Rub mixture evenly over pork chops.

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pork chops. *Note: I only have a medium cast-iron skillet so could only fit three pork chops in the pan. You could also sear these in a skillet then transfer to a cookie sheet before putting in oven.

Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until pork chops start to brown.

Place skillet in oven and bake pork chops for 8 minutes.

Enjoy these pork chops with a side of Roasted Red Potatoes!

This recipe is featured in Meal Plan: November 15-21.


  1. yum!!! This looks so good! We may be eating the same meals as you for the next little while :)

  2. It was good! Your mom just told me she wants me to make the famous (infamous?) pork tenderloin when we are there next week. :-)

  3. Made this for supper today, as well as the roasted potatoes. It was delicious!!! Thanks :)