Thursday, April 26, 2012

baked barbecue pork chops

Lately, I've been looking for fast and easy recipes.  It seems as if every time I get in the kitchen, Pebbles wants me! :)  She's a cutie, but she sure makes getting dinner on the table quite a chore.

These pork chops were one of the best recipe finds I've had all year.  They were quick to put together and tasted absolutely delicious!  Normally, pork chops have a tendency to be dry...not these!  They were full of flavor and really moist.  Cookie Bandit said that they were some of the best he's ever had.

You start by browning both sides of the chops in a bit of oil.  I used my cast iron to get a nice sear on them.


Then, whip up a homemade barbecue sauce using water, ketchup, vinegar, and spices.

Pour the sauce over the top of the pork chops, and bake them in the oven until done.  Easy!

We love these simple pork chops with a side of blueberry tossed salad.  It's an easy and delicious meal...a perfect option when you are toting an infant around! :)

Baked Barbecue Pork Chops
from Taste of Home's Light and Tasty 2008

4 boneless pork chops
1/2 t. salt, divided
1/4 t. pepper
2 t. canola oil
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
2 T. cider vinegar
1/4 t. celery seed
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
1 bay leaf

Sprinkle pork chops with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.  In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chops in oil for 3-4 minutes on each side or until browned.

Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray.  In a small saucepan, combine the water, ketchup, vinegar, celery seed, nutmeg, bay leaf, and remaining salt; bring to a boil.  Pour over pork.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.  Discard bay leaf before serving.  Serves 4.

Nutrition: 190 cal, 9g fat (3g sat fat), 55mg cholesterol, 505mg sodium, 5g carbs, trace fiber, 22g protein.


  1. what is the yummy side you have in this picture?

    1. blueberry tossed salad! See in post for link to recipe.

  2. Hi, I just found your blog and really love it. First of all, congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter !! Such a sweet girl.
    I love the recipes and came here, because I was browsing and found a recipe inspired by a Jan Karon recipe. I love Jan Karon !!!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Yay! Thanks for the compliment on my little girl...I think she's a cutie! :) And I'm so happy to "meet" another Jan Karon fan!!!


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