Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops
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These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are AMAZING! Perfectly seasoned, juicy, delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!  Coated with an apple cider glaze, and grilled to perfection, these sweet and savory chops are perfect any time you’re in the mood for meat!

These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are AMAZING! Perfectly seasoned, juicy, delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

My 6-year-old son Harrison just began the school year, and the start of first grade.  Don’t get me wrong, our summer was great, but I was really looking forward to getting back into our regular school year routine.  This is also the second year that Harrison is playing fall flag football, which means two nights a week we have football practice in the early evening.  On those practice nights we tend to have something quick either before or after practice.  On nights we don’t have practice, I make it a point to have dinner at the table so we can reconnect as a family and talk about our day.  These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are the perfect weeknight dinner  for a family to reconnect during the week.

These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are AMAZING! Perfectly seasoned, juicy, delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

These Smithfield All Natural Bone-In Pork Chops are fantastic for a great, easy-to-make family dinner.  We love pork at our house, and I cook and grill with it often.  Pork is healthy and lean, it’s easy to cook, versatile, and best of all its really economical!

These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are AMAZING! Perfectly seasoned, juicy, delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

I adapted this recipe from what I normally use for grilled pork loin, and with the apple cider glaze, these chops turn out juicy, and delicious!  The spice rub seasons the pork perfectly, and as it grills you brush the chops with the apple cider glaze, which really gives the pork amazing flavor!  While grilling these bone-in chops, I also threw on some halved apples brushed with the cider glaze.  These were a perfect side with the pork chops!

These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are AMAZING! Perfectly seasoned, juicy, delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

Have I mentioned that these are super-easy to make, especially for a weeknight?  I start the apple cider glaze in the sauce pan, light the grill, and cover the chops with the spice rub.  By this time the cider has come to a simmer, and the chops are ready to go on the grill.  Depending on the thickness of the chop, they only need about 10-12 minutes to grill on medium /medium-high heat.  When I initially put the chops on the grill I will liberally brush with the cider glaze, and let cook for about 6 minutes.  I then flip, and brush the other side with the glaze, wait a couple minutes, flip, and glaze again.  Do this a few times to really get a great glaze on the chops.  The more you glaze, the more flavor you’ll get on the chops.  They will turn out so amazingly juicy and delicious!!

These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are AMAZING! Perfectly seasoned, juicy, delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

If you don’t have an outdoor gas or charcoal grill, no worries.  You can certainly use an indoor grill pan.  If you’re using a grill pan, you’ll use the same technique, just be sure to adequately oil the pan, and set it on medium-high heat.  Depending on the thickness of the chop (these were about 3/4″ thickness), you’ll cook for about 10-12 minutes total.

Here’s the recipe for these amazing Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops:

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Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
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These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are AMAZING! Perfectly seasoned, juicy, delicious and ready in under 30 minutes. A great dinner any night of the week!
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs (one package) Smithfield All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops
  • Rub:
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Apple Cider Glaze:
  • 1½ c. apple cider
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Light your gas or charcoal grill and heat to medium high heat.
  2. In a small saucepan, prepare the glaze by combining the apple cider, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a simmer. While the cider comes to a simmer, prepare the pork rub. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly with a fork. Add the oil to the spice mixture. It will be the consistency of a crumbly paste. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels, and then cover the chops on all sides with the spice rub.
  3. Put the spice covered pork chops on the heated grill, and thoroughly brush with the cider glaze. Grill for about 6 minutes. Flip the chops and thoroughly brush with the glaze on the other side. Grill for about 2 more minutes, flip and brush again. Repeat this process until the chops cook for 10-12 minutes total, and reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Its okay for pork to have a little pink in the middle.
  4. If you're also grilling apples, brush the halved apples with glaze and grill for about 5-6 minutes. No need to flip. Serve along with the chops.

In under 30 minutes you’ll have some amazingly juicy, flavorful and delicious pork chops!  And if you have a busy family like mine, extra time at the table to talk, and enjoy the conversations that you and your kids have is so important.  There are few things I love more than sitting down with my guys and really getting to hear all they experienced at school, playing with friends, and what they’re looking forward to the next day.  Reconnecting with my family at the end of a busy day is something really important in our lives.  Having a easy, delicious and healthy meal to go along with it is a bonus!  I hope you and your family enjoy these Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops as much as we have.

Erin

These Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops are AMAZING! Perfectly seasoned, juicy, delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

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Comments

  1. These pork chops look amazing! Pork chops is one thing I rarely cook — I find it so hard to get the cooking time right and keep them moist. I will have to try this!

  2. Oh my WOW! These look so good. Can’t wait to try!

  3. This looks absolutely mouthwatering! Thanks for a great pork recipe!

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Thanks so much!

      • How would you cook these in the oven? Don’t use my grill in the winter.

        • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

          Hi Gina – For this specific recipe, instead of grilling outdoors, I would recommend following the recipe as directed using an indoor grill-pan or skillet. Enjoy!

  4. Wow, these look so yummy! I love to make glazes and my husband loves pork chops.
    Thanks for the recipe,
    Bev

  5. Oh man, that apple cider glaze sounds AMAZING! Gotta put this on the list of things to try in the very near future 🙂 Meandering on by from the Time to Sparkle link up. If you get a chance, I’d love it if you stopped by my blog sometime. Have a great day!

  6. Amazing! Your photos are fabulous, makes my mouth water! I am going to feature this on my blog tomorrow so keep an eye out! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Oh my, these chops look delicious. Love the photography too. Yum! Thanks for stopping by Foodie Fridays. Hope to see you again tonight!
    Blessings,
    Shari

  8. This looks so good and the picture is gorgeous!

  9. nicole says:

    These look and sound FAB! I was wondering, how do you think this recipe would work with a hard cider?
    thank you!

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Hard Cider would certainly be fun to try. You might find a variation in flavor, but a hard cider could be a really fantastic way to go. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!

  10. Shauna Moshos says:

    Hi, do you think apple juice will work just as well as cider?

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Hi Shauna! Yes, I’ve actually tried apple juice (instead of apple cider) and it works really well. Enjoy! ~Erin

  11. Just wanted to say–I misread the recipe and actually used apple cider VINEGAR instead…and this recipe still came out amazingly well.

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Wow!! Hahaha! I’m glad they turned out even though you used the vinegar. Give it a try with cider next time – they’ll be even better. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed, Mike! ~Erin

  12. Brittany says:

    i made these last night and im wondering if i did something wrong? the glaze wasnt really a “glaze” it was really liquidy-was that how yours was?

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Hi Brittany! You’re correct in the fact that the glaze for the chops remains liquidy – it doesn’t really reduce. The purpose of the glaze is to coat the chops a few times as you flip them, almost giving them a laquered sear. I discovered the more you glaze and flip, the better the glaze flavor on the chops.

  13. can you bake these in the oven.? How long and for how much?
    Just can’t do the grill today. Thanks.

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Hi Deb, You could probably bake in the oven, but you won’t get the nice sear on the outside of the chop. The seasoning will do well, but the glaze may not have the same effect. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Thanks so much for stopping by. ~E

  14. we made this last night and it was AWESOME! i may finally talk my hubby into getting a grill pan, too, thanks to this recipe! as soon as the first chop hit the hot skillet, noses twitched. teen and hubby were not complaining about doing the dishes last night. score! thanks!!

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Awesome!! So glad to hear you and your family enjoyed this. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Erin

  15. Aislinn says:

    Do you think this glaze could work on chicken breast?

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Hi Aislinn! Yes, this would be great on chicken. I would utilize the seasoning along with the glaze to keep the chicken, tender and flavorful. Let me know how it turns out! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Erin

  16. These were very good! I am not sure if I just missed it in the recipe, but I had to cook the glaze for 25-30 min to get it to reduce down to “glaze” consistency. And a little crushed red pepper goes a LONG way!!

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Glad you enjoyed these, Colleen. The glaze doesn’t necessarily need to reduce down – it will still be juicy/liquidy when brushing on the chops. I had the most success when I was brushing and flipping the chops several times. It gave them an almost laquered finish. And yes, you’re right – a little pepper goes a long way. Thanks so much for stopping by. ~Erin

  17. Traci Lay says:

    I just made these and after reading some of the comments I decided to add cornstarch to the rub. It was perfect! It made the glaze thicken nicely. Will be making this again!

  18. Angela says:

    Do you think Apple Cider Vinegar would work?

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      I wouldn’t recommend it, as the glaze is more of a sweet coating on the pork. Hope you were able to enjoy! ~Erin

  19. Trying this for dinner this week! So excited to use our new grill. We’re in AZ :/

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Awesome! Hope you enjoyed as much as we have. Being in AZ, you’ll likely be able to grill year-round! Enjoy!

  20. Abby Weyls says:

    Made these tonight and they were delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  21. Tania says:

    Made these tonight and they were Awesome!!! I used an indoor grill pan. Thanks for posting!

  22. I do not have dijon mustard can i use yellow?

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Yellow will likely work. Let me know how it turned out. Thanks for visiting Kassi! ~Erin

  23. Wendy says:

    There is nothing “all natural” about Smithfield pork, and in fact people should be aware that the label “all natural” really means nothing, as there are no meaningful restrictions placed on the use of this label. Any meat that is conventionally raised is poison both to your body and to our planet. Vote with your wallets, and buy only organic or at least humanely-raised, antibiotic and hormone free meats and poultry!!!!!!

  24. Mirri says:

    These pork chops were delicious! They didn’t taste so much like apple or maple, but the combined flavors were savory and good. I cut the brown sugar and salt in half. Will definitely do these again & again! Thanks for a keeper!

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Great! So glad you enjoyed them and were able to adapt the recipe to your preferences. Keep on grillin’! ~Erin

  25. would this be good on a grilled pork tenderloin

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Yes, definitely! We grill pork tenderloin often, and this is one of my go-to recipes. Enjoy!

  26. Betty says:

    Used Apple cider vinegar because I did not read the recipe thoroughly. But they were delicious and my husband said they were the best pork chops he has ever had 🙂

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      So glad it worked with the Apple Cider vinegar. 😉 And glad you and your husband loved the pork chops – they are definitely a go-to recipe at our house. Enjoy!

  27. Adding these to my list of pork recipes to try. Thanks!

  28. Sheri says:

    LOVED THIS RECIPE! My husband said good flavor, and asked if I put it in a brine before grilling.. Very moist!
    Well be made again!

  29. Kristina says:

    I cant wait to make these tonight! Can I sub the oil for apple sauce?

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Hi Kristina! Normally in baking I would say yes, however, since you’re grilling these chops, they will need some oil on the surface once they hit the high heat of the grill. If you really need to, cut the oil in half, but don’t eliminate it completely. You’ll love these! Soo good!! Enjoy ~Erin

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