Tender, juicy, bone-in glazed pork chops are seared and coated in a lip-smacking maple balsamic vinegar sauce. Perfect for a weeknight dinner, or a party!
These maple balsamic glazed pork chops are ready in LESS than 30 minutes, which makes them perfect for a quick weeknight dinner! They’re also fancy and gourmet tasting enough to serve to guests!
This post is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council. As always, all opinions here are my own.
Now that the holidays are approaching, (so quickly!!), I think it’s important to have a great arsenal of amazing meals that you can get on the table quickly and with minimal effort. After all, with all the meal prep, menus, or travel plans that come with the holidays and family, who wants to spend hours cooking a dinner? Not me!
Even though these pork chops are bone-in, they still cook pretty quickly. I do highly recommend using the bone-in pork chops for this recipe… boneless might be a tad more convenient, but there’s much more flavor in the bone-in chops 🙂
For the pictures, I used 2 chops for the presentation, but use as many chops as you can comfortably fit into your skillet.
The flavor of this maple balsamic glaze is to die for! Slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and savory all combined in one glorious glaze that compliments the mild pork flavor so perfectly.
You could even make the glaze up beforehand and keep it refrigerated in an airtight container, which would make this an even QUICKER meal!
If you did happen to have some extra time, you could toss the pork chops in a quick brine, even for 30 minutes. It will impart some extra flavor and juiciness… but isn’t necessary for a perfectly cooked pork chop.
Tips For a Perfectly Cooked Pork Chop:
- Use bone-in pork chops, the thicker the better
- Preheat a cast iron skillet in the oven as it comes up to temperature
- Place skillet on a burner over medium high heat so you can sear the chops to golden brown perfection on side 1
- Flip over to side 2 and slide skillet into hot oven to finish off cooking the gentle way
- Pull the skillet from the oven when the pork is at 140 degrees F, then remove chops to a plate
- Cover and let the chops rest for 5 minutes – this will allow the juices to redistribute in the meat
Give these maple balsamic glazed pork chops a try, and soon! I know you’ll love them!
My family loves these side dishes to go with these glazed pork chops:
- Spicy Bourbon Glazed Carrots
- Cheesy Brussels sprouts with Bacon
- Garlic Parmesan Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
- Mom’s Famous Corn Pudding
- Horseradish Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
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- 4 bone-in, center cut pork chops
- olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
MAPLE BALSAMIC GLAZE:
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3-4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp beef broth
- 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic smashed
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
MAKE THE GLAZE:
- In a small saucepan, combine all glaze ingredients. Heat over MED heat until it reaches a low boil. Cook until sauce reduces down, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
COOK THE PORK CHOPS:
- Place cast iron skillet in oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Pat chops dry with a paper towel, then rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Remove skillet from oven and place on burner over MED-HIGH heat. Place chops in the skillet, you should hear them sizzle immediately. Let cook 2-3 minutes to sear. Brush pork with glaze.
- Flip pork chops over, brush the other side with the glaze, and transfer skillet back to the hot oven. Bake until a thermometer inserted into the center reads 140 degrees F (about 5-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pork chops).
- Transfer pork chops to a plate, tent loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
- Serve pork chops with a bit of the glaze drizzled over the top if desired.
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