One of my favourite standby meals for pork, these Oven Baked Pork Chops are slathered in a tasty country-style rub using ingredients I bet you have in your pantry, then baked until golden and sticky. Add some baked potatoes, and you’ve got a fabulous one tray meal.
So fast and easy to prepare, you can make this tonight with any pork chops or even CHICKEN!
Confession: I have no idea what to call the marinade that I use for these pork chops. It just sounded cute to say “country-style”, and the ingredients are akin to what I use to make country-style ribs. So that’s where the name comes from.
I supposed I could have called it Barbecue Pork Chops. But actually, the sauce I slather on it isn’t made like a proper barbecue sauce, so I thought that was misleading.
So there you go. I have no idea what to call this. But what I can tell you with certainty is this:
It is seriously tasty – savoury and sweet with a bit of acidity. Glistening, sticky, golden. And I kid you not – I bet you have all the ingredients in your pantry to make this right now!
Hmm, I just had a fleeting thought. I suppose I could have called it Pantry Pork Chops. Being – chops you can make using pantry ingredients.
But that just sounds so uninteresting!!! I’m sticking with a country-style.
I call it a marinade, and I call it a rub. I swing between the two because actually, though you can use it as a marinade (perfect for shoving in the freezer with the pork), I usually don’t bother. The non-marinade-not-really-a-rub that is slathered on the pork is so tasty and you end up with juices on the tray to scrape onto the pork, so there’s plenty of flavour even without marinating.
Certainly doesn’t hurt, and it adds even more flavour. But marinating is not necessary!
I use this for grilling and cooking on the stove but actually, my favourite way is baking because it comes out so gorgeously sticky and golden. This is a non-marinade-not-really-a-rub that is made for baking!
Plus, the added benefit is that you can throw potatoes on the tray to bake at the same time. I really love how the top of the potatoes become crispy and golden, and the underside gets infused with the juices from the pork. It’s SO GOOD!
I served this with this Broccoli Salad with Sour Cream Dressing. No mayo in the dressing, but honestly, you wouldn’t know it. Broccoli was/is on sale at Woolworths and I stocked up like a crazy woman. Now an entire shelf in my fridge is jam packed with 2 shopping bags filled with broccoli. So you can expect to see more tasty ways with broccoli in the coming weeks. 😉
One more look at these pork chops to convince you that you need to try this soon.
I want to reach through the screen and grab that pork chop right now. Who’s with me??? – Nagi x
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbsp ketchup (1)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce, all purpose (2)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (or white)
- 1 tbsp olive oil (or vegetable or canola oil)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (3)
- 4 pork chops / cutlets, around 200g/7oz each including bone (4)
- 800g / 1.6 lb baby potatoes, larger ones cut in half (5)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 200C / 390F (fan forced / convection) or 220C / 430F (standard oven).
- Toss potatoes in oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scatter on baking tray.
- Place in oven for 15 minutes (giving them a head start).
- Meanwhile, mix the Rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Slather the pork on both sides with the Rub, reserving some Rub for basting. (See notes for marinating)
- Take the tray out of the oven. Place pork on the tray.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove tray from oven, slather some reserved rub on the surface then bake for a further 10 - 15 minutes (Note 4) until pork is cooked and golden. If necessary, switch to grill/broiler on highest heat at the end and grill for a few minutes until pork is caramelised and golden - I usually do this.
- Serve, scraping the juices on the tray onto the pork, then garnish with parsley if desired. Pictured with this Broccoli Salad.
2. This can be substituted with 2½ tsp light soy sauce. I don't recommend dark soy sauce - flavour is too strong.
3. Can be substituted with white wine or sherry vinegar.
4. This can be made with any pork chops. I use what we call Pork Cutlets here in Australia. Bone in is better because it's juicier. Cook time will differ depending on size of cutlets - my cook time is based on 200g/7oz pork chops with bone in.
You could also use chicken - bake for same time for 180g/6oz boneless thigh fillets and for 200g/7oz breast. I would recommend marinating breast.
5. Make sure the potatoes are no larger than 3cm / 2¼" diameter otherwise they won't cook in the prescribed time. You can either increase the initial bake time OR cut the larger ones which is what I did.
6. If marinating, place in a ziplock bag, add the pork and massage from the outside to coat the pork in the Rub. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. If freezing, put the bag straight in the freezer, then defrost before using. It will marinate while defrosting.
7. Nutrition per serving including potatoes, assuming this is made with trimmed pork cutlets as pictured.
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Oven Baked Pork Chops nutrition per serving (chops + potatoes only).
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