Oven Baked Pork Chop Sauce

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Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious as proven by this oven baked pork chop sauce recipe. This sauce aptly coats two pork chops with a mixture of sweet, savoury and tangy ingredients, like Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and ketchup. Bunny, the author of Bunny’s Warm Oven recipe blog, came up with these pork chops on a whim and her husband loved the flavour so much that they have eaten them several times. The sugars in the sauce recipe lightly caramelise on the pork while leaving juicy pockets of sauce in the pork crevices. If you make this pork chop recipe and decide you love the sauce so much you would want to put it on everything, Bunny provides instructions for how to use it with spare ribs too. Once you have tried this comfort meal once, it will become a regular in your weekly menus.

Bunny doesn’t specify the variety of pork chop to use in this pork chop recipe, as she has tried this dish with different cuts and all of them worked very well. If you are into the full flavour of pork, a bone-in pork chop is best, as there is more fat near the bone. If you are trying to limit your fat intake, though, a pork loin chop may do the trick since it is a lean cut of meat. Whatever pork chops you have on hand will work in this dinner recipe. If you need pork dinner ideas throughout the week, this one will fit the bill, because it is incredibly simple taking only a few moments to get into the oven. It is a simple matter of mixing the sauce, pouring it over the chops and allowing it to bake. While the chops are cooking, you can prepare the rest of your meal or go and do other things that need tending to.

If you are used to eating gluten-free, you may come across some challenges in this pork recipe, only because it includes soy sauce, which often involves wheat. A good substitute would be tamari, which is the Japanese version of soy sauce, and usually, doesn’t involve wheat. Just check the bottle of the tamari in the store to make sure it is gluten-free. If you are on a low sugar diet, you may find some issues with this easy meal again, because of the brown sugar and the fact that many condiments contain sweeteners. Rather than using traditional ketchup, consider looking for a sugar-free ketchup or making your own. Sweeteners like stevia can help mimic the sweetness of the brown sugar. Either way, you will have a delicious pork dinner recipe to enjoy.

As with any pork menu ideas, the secret to perfect pork is not to overcook it. Bunny provides a long time for cooking her pork chop recipe, but during this time the pork braises so that it gets very tender. During braising, you are actually cooking the meat to the point it is overcooked and tough and continuing until the fibres break down, and the meat tenderises again. This way, the sauce infuses into the pork meat itself rather than just coating the outside. This is a great method to include with other easy and delicious dinner recipes because it helps any cut of meat become tender. If you are cooking a roast, it may require more liquid and a longer cooking time, but just keep checking until the meat shreds easily. Thank you to Bunny, the author of Bunny’s Warm Oven recipe blog, for sharing her oven baked pork chop recipe with us.

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