Sweet pork chops with savory sauce is a unique American cuisine where bursts of flavors come together with every juicy bite!
For this dish, I knew I wanted to make pork chops. None of the existing recipes I found seemed to be what I was looking for. I wanted more of a sweet dish, but I wanted a real pop in the flavors. I wanted to make a complementary sauce that would enhance the sweet taste of the pork chop, but would also have its own bold flavors.
The sweet and savory combination really stands out in this pork chop recipe. The flavors are not just sweet on sweet – they are sweet on savory, which adds a nice contrast. The cumin in the spice rub really makes the flavors pop out. The brown sugar helps the meat to caramelize. The savory sauce helps to blend the pork chops with the rest of the meal.
When you eat the dish, the first thing you get is the savory bite of the sauce. But then as you chew it, you get the sweetness of the pork chop, with the cumin flavor as a finisher. You are going through multiple flavors in your mouth. Even though the flavors are complementary, they stay separate to give you their own burst of flavor.
You can make your own recipes helps to create a positive food experience. In doing so, you are drawing from your own experiences and creativity. Ask yourself how you can pull different flavors and textures together into a meal you will enjoy.
10 minPrep Time
8 minCook Time
18 minTotal Time
- 4 center cut pork chops, approximately 1 inch thick
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Cumin
- 1 tablespoon Allspice
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon Salt
- ½ tablespoon Pepper
- 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Sugar
- Dry pork chops with a paper towel.
- Combine spice rub ingredients in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle spice rub on all sides of the pork chop, pressing it into the meat.
- Pour avocado oil into a non-stick skillet on medium high heat.
- Cook the pork chops until golden brown, cooked through, and caramelized (approximately 4 minutes per side).
- Mix all sauce ingredients into a small bowl.
- Serve with the pork chops.
- *Alternatively, you can cook the pork chops on the grill. I recommend you use a grill pan, though, so the spice rub doesn’t stick to the grill or fall off.
Bright Line: Omit the white and brown sugar.
Keto/Atkins: Omit the white and brown sugar.
Paleo: Omit the Greek yogurt, white and brown sugar, and salt.
Vegan: Omit the Greek yogurt. Substitute grilled tofu, soy burger, or other protein.
Vegetarian: Substitute grilled tofu, soy burger, or other protein.
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