Juicy Garlic Butter Pork Chop Recipe: Ready in Just 15 Minutes!

Are you a fan of tender and flavorful pork chops? If not, I totally understand. For the longest time, I struggled with cooking them. They would turn out flavorless, dry, and chewy. But after years of practice, I’ve mastered the art of cooking pork chops to perfection. Now, I can confidently say that I know how to make them juicy and incredibly yummy! Today, I want to share with you my absolute favorite pork chop recipe – Garlic Butter Pork Chops. Trust me, this recipe will revolutionize the way you cook and enjoy pork chops!

Two cooked bone-in garlic butter and thyme pork chops

Ready in Just 15 Minutes!

Let’s dive right into the juicy details! These pork chops are not only delicious but also incredibly quick and easy to make. In just 15 minutes, you’ll have a mouthwatering meal on your table. This recipe pairs perfectly with all your favorite side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or crispy herb and butter roasted potatoes. Trust me when I say that the whole family will love this fast and flavorful dinner!

Bone-in or Boneless? Which is better?

Not all pork chops are created equal. They come from different sections of the pig, each with its own characteristics and cooking requirements. Let me break it down for you:

  • Shoulder Chop: This cut is known for its flavor but also contains more fat and connective tissue. It benefits from braising before cooking.

  • Rib Chop (used in this recipe): These chops have a large eye of lean loin meat and come bone-in. They are mild and tender, making them perfect for quick cooking. Brining the chops beforehand can help keep them juicy.

  • Loin (Center Cut) Chop: These chops are very lean with a mild pork flavor. They consist of both loin and tenderloin meat. Cooking them properly can be a challenge due to the different cooking times for each side. Grilling, broiling, or sear-roasting are recommended methods for cooking loin chops.

  • Boneless Chop: These chops are leaner but tend to be less flavorful and can easily dry out. They are a great option if you prefer a leaner cut.

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While all cuts have their own merits, my personal favorite is the bone-in rib chop. It strikes the perfect balance between flavor, tenderness, and juiciness.

Two bone-in pork chops cooking in a medium cast iron skillet

Ingredients in this Garlic Butter Pork Chops Recipe

To make these mouthwatering garlic butter pork chops, you’ll need the following simple ingredients:

  • Pork chops (I recommend thick-cut rib chops)
  • Olive oil
  • Butter (salted or unsalted)
  • Garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper

Two bone-in pork chops

How to Cook Pork Chops

Now let’s get cooking! Follow these easy steps to achieve the perfect garlic butter pork chops:

  1. Season your pork chops generously with salt and pepper. You can also add other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika.

  2. Allow the chops to rest at room temperature for 5-10 minutes if you have the time. This will help them cook more evenly.

  3. Heat a little bit of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the pork chops and sear them for 3-4 minutes on each side, until they develop a golden brown crust.

  4. Add butter and fresh thyme to the skillet. Cook the chops for another 3-4 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (or slightly below) when measured with a digital meat thermometer.

  5. Add minced garlic and chopped thyme to the skillet, along with an extra tablespoon of butter. Drizzle the garlic butter sauce over the pork chops and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, flipping the chops once to coat them evenly.

  6. Remove the cooked pork chops from the skillet and serve them with your favorite sides.

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Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure your pork chops turn out tender and flavorful every time:

  • Purchase thick-cut chops (at least 1 inch to 1.5 inches thick) to avoid dry and chewy results. Thicker cuts are more forgiving and less likely to overcook.

  • Use a digital meat thermometer to avoid overcooking. The recommended internal temperature for pork is between 145-160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, the meat will continue to cook after it’s removed from heat, so it’s better to remove it slightly below the desired temperature.

  • Add minced garlic towards the end of cooking to prevent burning. Burnt garlic can ruin the flavor of your dish.

  • Feel free to use boneless chops if you prefer leaner cuts. Keep in mind that boneless chops cook faster, so adjust the cooking time accordingly.

  • Let your pork chops rest at room temperature before cooking. This helps them cook more evenly.

  • Want extra sauce? You can easily make a honey mustard sauce to accompany your pork chops. Simply whisk together Dijon mustard, brown sugar or honey, and chicken broth. Add the sauce to the warm garlic butter mixture after removing the pork chops from the skillet.

Sliced bone-in pork chop in a black skillet

What to Serve with Pork Chops

This versatile recipe goes well with a variety of sides. Here are some suggestions to complete your meal:

  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Wild rice
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Roasted carrots
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Beets

Conclusion

I hope you’re excited to try this incredible Garlic Butter Pork Chop recipe. It’s fast, easy, and bursting with flavor. Trust me, once you make these juicy pork chops, you’ll never go back to those dry and flavorless ones. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Don’t forget to visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration.

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Cooked bone-in pork chop cooked in garlic butter with thyme and sliced into thick pieces