Brown Sugar Pineapple Pork Chops

Brown sugar pineapple pork chops is one of those delightful dishes that conjure up comfort and a bit of nostalgia, especially if, like me, you grew up eating versions of it at family gatherings. This recipe lends a touch of sweetness to tender pork chops, making it a favorite for both weeknights and special occasions. It’s the perfect blend of savory and sweet, and a wonderful way to give an ordinary evening a bit of special flair.

These pork chops are incredibly versatile and pair beautifully with a variety of sides. For a wholesome meal, I like to serve them with a side of fluffy mashed potatoes or a baked sweet potato which complements the sweetness of the pineapple perfectly. Add a green vegetable such as steamed broccoli or a crisp green salad to brighten up your plate and you’ve got yourself a meal that’s both satisfying and balanced.

Brown Sugar Pineapple Pork Chops

Servings: 4

Ingredients

4 bone-in pork chops, about 1-inch thick

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup pineapple juice

4 pineapple rings

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnishing

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides.

3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear the pork chops for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

4. In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, pineapple juice, minced garlic, and apple cider vinegar.

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5. Place the seared pork chops in a baking dish. Pour the brown sugar-pineapple mixture over the pork chops and place a pineapple ring on top of each chop.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the pork chops are cooked through and the sauce has caramelized.

7. Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Variations & Tips

For an extra touch of flavor, you can add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce mixture for a hint of heat. If you’re looking to lighten this dish up, try using a sugar substitute or less brown sugar and adding more spices like ginger for added depth. Experimenting with different types of vinegar like balsamic or a dash of lime juice can also bring a new twist to the flavor profile.

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