Garlic Brown Sugar Pork Chops

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Garlic Brown Sugar Pork Chops Recipe – perfectly tender pan fried pork chops with a brown sugar garlic glaze the whole family will love. Can be made keto/low carb.

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Rich Easy Garlic Butter Sugar Pork Chops

There is nothing better than the sticky-sweet flavor of garlic brown sugar glaze over pork – it is super simple, packed with flavor, and always a huge family hit.

Pork is one of our family’s favorite dinners – it’s got a great mild flavor, it is healthy and quick to cook, it is easy to find and always available in our stores – and we feel good about supporting the families raising pork in Iowa, where most of America’s pork comes from!

We love serving pork often at home – Easy Baked Ranch Pork Chops, Baked Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin, and Smoked Pork Ribs are on constant rotation!

This recipe uses only a few ingredients and just one pan – making it a truly easy, quick, and delicious recipe you can feel good about feeding your family.

Please be sure to check my notes on how to make this recipe keto diet compatible – including the sugar alternative I reccomend.

About Iowa Pork Producers

When you’re buying pork in the United States, chances are you’re eating fresh pork from local Iowa hogs! 

Choosing pork is a great way to choose to feed your family a safe, American raised product that also helps employ thousands of American families.

If you’re curious about some of the commitments America’s pork farmers have taken to preserve animal, economical, and environmental wellbeing, please read about the We Care Initiative here. 

I was able to tour a pork farm in Iowa last fall and learn more about Iowa Pork’s dedication to safety and health for consumers and animals and I was really impressed – to hear more about my trip, please check out this post featuring Iowa Pork and Iowa Corn Growers – I learned so much about their impact on America’s economy and dinner tables. 

pork chops with garlic glaze and green onions

When Are Pork Chops Done?

Rely on thermometer – NOT time – to tell when pork has been cooked fully.

If you don’t have a quick-read digital meat thermometer, it is one of the best investments you can make for perfectly cooked pork, every time. 

I cook pork to the FDA guidelines, which does include a bit of pink in the middle.

This is NOT underdone if you’re going by temperature – pork is safe to eat at 145 degrees, and trust me, it is the best flavor and texture! 

Tender, juicy, and flavorful pork is best when not overcooked – so watch your thermometer!

For more information on cooking pork chops, please visit my guide to pork chops, or visit the Iowa Pork site

pork chops with garlic glaze and green onions

To Make This Recipe, You’ll Need

  • Heavy nonstick pan (I don’t use cast iron for this recipe since the glaze is quite sticky.)
  • Kitchen tongs
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 5 cloves Minced Garlic (using the frozen pre-minced kind is fine – if you don’t love garlic you can reduce to 3 cloves)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or brown sugar splenda
  • Green onions, to garnish
picture of pork chops on a plate with minced garlic, brown sugar, pepper, salt, and green onions on a white table with a blue towel.

Garlic Brown Sugar Glaze

This recipe’s knocout flavor comes from the sticky-sweet garlic brown nsugaar glaze we’re whipping up – right in the same pan we’re using for the pork chops.

After pan frying pork, let them set aside while you whip up the glaze, and the toss them back in the pan to finish cooking so they can soak up all the amazing garlic brown sugar flavor!

How To Make Pork Chop Glaze

Once pork chops have browned well on each side, remove to set aside as you make the glaze in the pan.

If you have a lot of browned bits in the pan, you can carefully add 3-5 tbsp water to deglaze the pan and scrape them up. Do not clean pan out, you want the drippings for more flavor!

Add butter and garlic and heat until garlic is fragrant (do not let garlic burn), about 45 seconds.

Stir in brown sugar and let come to a boil, then nreduce heat and place pork chops back in pan to continue coookinng in nglaze until 145 degrees.

When serving, spoon as much glaze as desired over pork chops.

Keto Garlic Brown Sugar Glaze

While there are a lot of sugar substitutes, I reccomend using Splenda + brown sugar for this glaze.

While there is some sugar in the splenda substitute, we’re using such a small amount, it won’t throw off macros if you’re keeping to a strict keto diet.

Since the splenda mix contains a bit of real brown sugar, it breaks down properly to form the sticky-sweet sauce, and doesn’t taste artificia.

4 pork chops with garlic glaze and green onions

Recipe FAQ’s

What temperature do I cook pork chops to?

Pork is done cooking at 145 degrees – meaning when it hits 140 degrees internal temperature, you can remove from the pan so it can carryover cook to 145 degrees. Overcooked pork is dry pork – don’t overcook!

My pork is pink, is it safe to eat?

Pork will be a little pink at 145 degrees. It is perfectly safe to eat once it has reached 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Pork chops cooked in a skillet with garlic butter.

Garlic Brown Sugar Pork Chops Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp butter, divided
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large, heavy skillet, melt butter until melted and foamy.
  2. Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper.
  3. Brown pork chops on each side, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. When pork chops are browned on each side, set aside on a plate.
  5. Add other half butter to pan and melt. Scrape up any browned bits fro pan.
  6. Stir in minced garlic and stir to prevent burning.
  7. Add brown sugar. Stir to mix well, until it starts to bubble.
  8. Add pork chops back to pan (along with any liquid that may have collected on plate.)
  9. Cook spoon glaze over pork chops and cook until pork chop internal temperature is 140 degrees.
  10. Let pork rest and finish carry over cooking for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
  11. Spoon additional glaze over pork as desired.
  12. Top with diced green onions, optional.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 474Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 141mgSodium 816mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 37g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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  1. Well. The pork chops turned out tasty but….after I sautéed the garlic and added the brown sugar, the brown sugar turned to “rock candy.” It never became a glaze. I used oil instead of butter. Could that have been the reason? I rarely use butter; only oil