If you’re on the lookout for a mouthwatering dinner idea, look no further than these melt-in-your-mouth Pork Ribeye Chops. This recipe takes pantry staples and transforms them into a delightful sweet and savory sauce that elevates the flavors while maintaining the juiciness of the meat.
Forget the need to marinate for hours; these chops are incredibly tender even without the extra wait time. Follow our simple instructions, and we guarantee that your entire family will be begging for seconds!
What Makes Ribeye Chops Special?
The ribeye chop is taken from the rib section of the pork loin. While it shares the taste of other pork chops, it sets itself apart with its increased marbling of fat, resulting in a more tender cut compared to the center cut.
Ingredients You’ll Need for the Perfect Chops
To whip up these delectable pork ribeye chops, gather the following ingredients:
- Ribeye pork chops
- Olive oil
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Minced garlic
- Apple cider vinegar
How to Prepare Baked Pork Ribeye Chops
Follow these steps to achieve the perfect baked pork ribeye chops:
- In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, olive oil, minced garlic, and apple cider vinegar.
- Pat dry the pork chops to remove any excess moisture and then rub half of the sauce over them.
- Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to the pan and sear the pork chops for about 3 minutes without disturbing them to achieve a golden crust.
- If using an oven-safe skillet, place the chops directly into the oven, pouring the remaining sauce over them. Otherwise, transfer the chops to a prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the chops at 400°F for 15 to 18 minutes. If you skipped the initial searing, broil them for an additional 2 minutes to enhance browning.
- Remove the chops from the oven and transfer them to serving plates. Let them rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
Tips for a Perfect Result
To ensure your pork ribeye chops turn out flawless, keep these tips in mind:
- Opt for pork ribeye chops that are at least 1-inch thick for the best results.
- Quickly sear your chops over high heat to enhance tenderness and achieve a flavorful, caramelized crust.
- Use an oven-safe skillet to eliminate extra dishes. This way, you can sear and bake the chops in the same pan.
- Keep an eye on the internal temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer. Avoid overcooking, as it can result in dry chops. Aim for a temperature no higher than 145°F.
- Allow the chops to rest for approximately 5 minutes after baking to ensure a juicy, tender texture.
Baking Time for Pork Ribeye Chops
The baking time depends on three factors: the chop’s thickness, whether it’s been seared, and whether it’s bone-in or boneless.
For 1-inch thick, bone-in ribeye chops that have been seared, bake at 400°F for approximately 15 to 18 minutes. If your chops haven’t been seared, add an extra 2 minutes (plus more time for thicker cuts).
Achieving the Perfect Temperature
To ensure your chops are fully cooked, use an instant-read thermometer. Insert it into the center, at least 1 inch away from the bone. The chops are done when the thermometer reads 145°F.
Freezing Bone-in Ribeye Pork Chops
You can store pork chops in the freezer for up to 4 months. Start by removing them from their packaging and patting them dry with a paper towel. Then, seal them in an airtight plastic bag for long-term storage.
These pork ribeye chops pair well with various sides such as potatoes, broccoli, pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. For a refreshing touch, add a crisp green salad to complete the meal.
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