Easy Oven-Barbecued Pork Chops

BBQ Pork Chops
BBQ Pork Chops. Diana Rattray
Ratings (33)
  • Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings pork chops
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
441 Calories
23g Fat
12g Carbs
44g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pork chops are often a go-to recipe, as they are easy to prepare. But they can also easily become overcooked, dry, and tough. This oven-barbecued pork chop recipe, however, turns out tender and moist chops that are cooked in a flavorful sauce. In addition, the recipe is easy to prepare and makes a tasty everyday family meal. The pork chops are baked with a simple homemade barbecue sauce, which will reduce and thicken as it cooks. It's an excellent alternative to grilled chops on a rainy day. Serve these flavorful pork chops with coleslaw, beans, and roasted potatoes.

If you're pressed for time or don't have all of the ingredients, feel free to use a purchased barbecue sauce instead of the homemade sauce mixture.

Ingredients

  • For the Chops:
  • 6 center-cut loin pork chops, 3/4 to 1-inch thick
  • 1 medium onion (halved and thinly sliced)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.

  2. Arrange the pork chops in a single layer in the foil-lined pan and scatter the onion slices over the chops. 

  3. To make the barbecue sauce, whisk together all of the ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Pour the sauce over the pork chops.

  4. Bake the pork chops, uncovered, for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.

  5. Transfer the pork chops to a platter and spoon the sauce over them.

Variations and Similar Recipes

This is the type of recipe that takes well to additional and alternate ingredients. If you like a smoky flavor, add 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke to the sauce mixture. You can also replace the ketchup with 1/2 cup of store-bought barbecue sauce, or substitute the brown sugar with honey, maple syrup, or corn syrup. Using a mild beer for the barbecue sauce will add an interesting depth of flavor. To add more texture and some color, slice 1 green bell pepper into strips and scatter over the chops along with the onions.

If you and the family enjoyed this recipe it may be worth trying a few similar ones. Herb and garlic pork chops combine pork chops with fresh garlic and parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Another time-saving baked pork chop recipe is saucy baked pork chops with ranch sauce where ranch dressing mix and mustard add delicious flavor. If you have some extra time, oven-barbecued pork chops with homemade sauce calls for marinating the pork chops for about 4 hours before baking until fork-tender.