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Cast Iron Skillet Garlic & Brown Sugar Pork Chops

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garlic & brown sugar pork chops


Sweet-glazed, flavor-packed and tender, juicy, succulent pork chops worthy of a white linen restaurant made easily right at home!!! Perfect for date night in!!



Why do meats always seem to taste so much better when they leave the bone in? The meat seems to be more tender, too!

So when they had gorgeous, super thick-cut, pork loin chops with the bone left in for only .89¢ a pound, I swear, my mouth started watering just thinking of the possibilities!





I wanted to make an elegant, but simple and inexpensive dinner with these beauties that would do them justice, and these chops turned out so pretty, that you’d think that we were dining out by candlelight!




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And they start with a basic simple rub of ingredients you most likely already have on hand!




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I LOVE, love, love my cast iron skillet for things like this, but if you don’t have one, just use any frying pan that you can safely transfer to the oven.  (Nothing with plastic handles that could melt!)




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I served these “don’t I look sexy!” chops with some Copycat Homemade Boxed Stuffing and some green beans! (<– I have several recipes to choose from on my blog that you might like!)




garlic brown sugar pork chops



And we “fine dined” for about $4.00….TOTAL.



And restaurants charge….how much??!!! 😉

Just another reason why I’d rather just be “wined ‘n dined” at home. 😉

I do hope that you make these soon!
They really were special and felt like a royal treat!!






Cast Iron Skillet Garlic & Brown Sugar Pork Chops
Yield: 2 restaurant-sized servings

Cast Iron Skillet Garlic & Brown Sugar Pork Chops


  • 2 large thick-cut bone-in pork loin chops, 1 inch thick, (about 1 lb. each)
  • 4 Tbl. butter
  • Rub Mix:
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • In small to medium-sized bowl, mix rub ingredients well.
  • Pat rub mix onto each side of both chops.
  • In cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  • Place chops into skillet and fry each side for 4 minutes each. (8 minutes total).
  • When side two is done, turn chops and pop into preheated oven.
  • Bake for 4 minutes. Turn chops, baste and bake for 4 more minutes.
  • Turn chops, baste and bake for 4 minutes more or until done in the center. (*Total cooking time, frying and baking, is about 20 minutes for super thick-cut chops. Bake less for thinner chops).
  • Remove chops to plates and let rest a few minutes before serving.




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    Sunday 5th of February 2023

    Delish. First time I’ve used this method. My husband is more of a pork chop lover than me. These were the best I’ve ever made.


    Monday 29th of August 2022

    Finally….after many searches for moist, flavorful pork chops, your recipe hit the mark. I honestly blew off the “moist” word and went for the sauce. I didn’t believe pork chops could be moist and tender on the stove and/or oven. These chops are. Using the thermometer is key. They were perfect after quickly! being seared with rub and butter in my cast iron. I removed mine from oven between 141 and 144 degrees. Thank you!


    Thursday 10th of February 2022

    I was l was looking for something using cast iron pan this recipe was on point and I didn’t use cayenne pepper regular pepper since I was on cooking one Chop for myself sweet and savory YUMMY THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR recipe


    Monday 10th of June 2019

    This recipe is on regular rotation in our house - favorite of my picky-eater husband and 4 kids 8 and under!!! Perfect every time!


    Wednesday 6th of February 2019


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