Apple Cider and Spice Pork Chops


This recipe was an accident. I was experimenting with flavors and wasn't expecting much out of it, but the apple cider addition yielded some of the best pork I've ever tasted (and the boyfriend agreed).

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
2 pork chops


  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons dried sage, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (6 ounce) pork chops

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  2. Combine brown sugar, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Dredge pork chops in seasoning mixture until coated thoroughly.

  3. Heat olive oil and butter in an oven-safe skillet over medium heat until butter is frothy, 1 to 2 minutes. Brown pork chops in the hot skillet on each side, 7 to 10 minutes total. Add apple cider, remaining sage, and drizzle in honey. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until pork chops are no longer pink in the centers, 10 to 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

  5. Remove the skillet from the oven and plate pork chops with sauce.

Cook's Note:

If necessary, reduce the sauce further on the stovetop until sauce is a nice glaze after plating pork chops. For a thicker glaze, carefully mix in 1 teaspoon or so of cornstarch.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

541 Calories
21g Fat
51g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 541
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 175mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 557mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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