These bone-in reverse sear pork chops are a hit time and time again in our house. The juicy and tender pork chops get baked in the oven and then seared to perfection in a hot skillet to create an incredible golden brown crust. Serve them with these creamy mashed potatoes or this delicious mixed vegetable casserole, or top them with this addicting gravy, and you've got a meal the whole family will love!
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Why you'll love this recipe
It gives great results. This is an almost fool-proof method for getting perfectly golden brown pork chops. If you follow the recipe as stated, you'll have a delicious dinner waiting for you in no time.
It's flavorful. These pork chops are always so flavorful and juicy when cooked this way. The addition of the sugar in the seasoning mixture gives a beautifully caramelized crust to the pork after it is done searing in the pan.
It's a crowd pleaser. Pork is usually my go-to when I'm having guests over. It's an inexpensive cut of meat and it cooks beautifully. The best part is, I rarely have leftovers when I prepare my pork this way. It's just too good to leave on the plate.
- Pork chops- bone in, cut to about half an inch thickness.
- Salt- kosher salt, to taste.
- Sugar- white, helps to caramelize the pork.
- Olive oil- to help the pork sear to golden brown perfection.
How to make reverse sear pork chops
Step 1: Season the pork chops.
Clean and dry the pork chops. Place them on a wire rack over a baking tray.
Then, in a small bowl, combine the salt and sugar. Sprinkle the salt and sugar mixture all over the pork chops on both sides.
Lastly, transfer the pork chops to the fridge and let them rest for one day - if you have the time. If not, don't worry you can cook them immediately after seasoning.
Step 2: Cook the pork chops.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 3: Sear the chops. Heat a heavy skillet to medium-high and add the oil. Once it just starts to smoke, sear the chops until golden brown - a couple of minutes per side.
Step 4: Serve! Let the pork chops rest for about 5 minutes and serve with your choice of sides.
My tips for the best reverse sear pork chops
- Using a cast iron skillet is the best way to get an incredible golden brown sear on these chops. If you don't have cast iron, a heavy bottomed skillet will work, too.
- Remember, you're only searing the pork chops, not cooking them through. So don't leave them in the skillet too long. You don't want them to burn.
- Add more seasonings that suit your tastes - I'm using just the basics. These chops are also delicious with some garlic powder, onion powder, and even paprika.
How to store and reheat leftover pork chops
Store them in the fridge: You can store any leftover pork chops in the fridge for up to 2 days. Let the pork chops cool completely before wrapping them in plastic wrap and placing them in an airtight container in the fridge.
Store them in the freezer: You can freeze cooked pork chops for up to 3 months without any compromise to the flavor. Just allow them to cool completely after they're done cooking before wrapping them in plastic wrap, putting them in a freezer-safe bag, and freezing them.
Reheating: When you're ready to cook, pop the pork chops into a preheated oven and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the chops are heated through.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is reverse searing?
It's the process of cooking the meat in the oven and then quickly searing it in a hot pan. The result is a beautiful golden brown crust on the meat and caramelized flavor. It's a technique used by many restaurants and it's so easy to do at home.
Why should I use bone-in pork chops to make this recipe?
Using bone-in pork chops creates a juicier, more tender, and more flavorful final product.
Do I need to let the pork chops rest?
I highly recommend it! Allowing the pork to rest will give the juices time to reabsorb back into the meat and give you a juicier pork chop. If you don't allow the pork to rest, the juices will spill all over your plate when you cut into it.
Other Pork Chop Recipes To Try Next
- Pork chop casserole
- Crock Pot pork chops
- French onion pork chops
- Shake and bake pork chops
- Pan seared thin pork chops
- 4 bone-in pork chops
- 2 tbsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbps. olive oil
- Mix salt and sugar in a bowl.
- Clean and dry the pork chops and cover them on both sides with the salt and sugar rub.
- Preheat the oven to 385ºF and bake for 35-40 minutes or until internally it reaches around 140ºF.
- Heat a heavy skillet to medium-high and add the oil. Once it’s smokey, sear the pork chops until golden brown - a couple of minutes per side.
Serving Size:1 Pork Chop
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 3575mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 40g