Oven BBQ Pork Chops

These Oven BBQ Pork Chops feature juicy chops coated in a tangy, smoky BBQ sauce.

It takes just minutes to prepare and you only need 4 ingredients!

If you don’t have a grill or can’t grill, making BBQ pork chops in the oven is a great way to get dinner on the table.

Plus they happen to naturally be gluten-free and dairy-free and can easily be made Paleo and Whole30 friendly!

oven broiled pork chops getting brushed with more bbq sauce on a baking sheet

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Easy Oven BBQ Pork Chops

These BBQ pork chops can be made 2 different ways: baked or broiled.

There’s not a big difference in the end result. I usually broil mine since I’m too impatient to wait for the oven to heat up.

Neither oven baked pork chops nor broiled pork chops will get quite the color compared to searing them on the stove or a grill, but that’s okay! They’ll still be juicy and delicious.

What you need for these Oven BBQ pork chops

Not a whole lot! You’ll just need:

And my two secret weapons for perfectly cooked chops:

While these aren’t strictly necessary, I highly, highly recommend them. There’s nothing more annoying than a chop that’s still raw inside or dry as leather.

With these thermometers, you’ll have perfectly cooked pork, chicken, beef and fish.

And you only need 4 ingredients!

My homemade BBQ sauce takes just minutes to make with pantry ingredients so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. You’ll have an all-purpose tangy, smoky sauce that you can make as sweet or as spicy as you like.

You can use another BBQ sauce but if it has more sugar, it might burn more easily.

pork chops coated in bbq sauce on a baking sheet and sliced on a dinner plate

How to make Oven BBQ Pork Chops

Prepare the chops:

  • Season both sides with salt and bring to room temperature.
  • Trim off any excess fat around the sides, if desired. Neither baking nor broiling will really caramelize the fat too much. (You can sear the fat on the stove first, if you want. See notes below the recipe.)

How to bake pork chops:

  • Heat the oven to 400º.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil (for easy clean-up) and spray the foil (so the chops don’t stick).
  • Arrange the chops on the foil.
  • Bake for 6-7 minutes.
  • Flip the chops and brush or spoon on the sauce. You’ll need about 1-2 tablespoons per chop.
  • Bake for another 6-7 minutes, or until the internal temperature on the chops reaches 145°.
  • Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes, then serve with more sauce (warmed up on the stove or in the microwave).

4 chops on a baking sheet shouldn’t be too close together, so they should only take about 6 minutes per side. If they are snuggled up close, they may take a few minutes longer per side.

How to broil pork chops:

  • Turn on your broiler (to high, if you have that option).
  • Line a baking sheet with foil (for easy clean-up) and spray the foil (so the chops don’t stick).
  • Arrange the chops on the foil.
  • Broil for 6-7 minutes.
  • Flip the chops and broil for another 3 minutes.
  • Brush or spoon on the sauce. You’ll need about 1-2 tablespoons per chop.
  • Broil 3 more minutes, or until the internal temperature on the chops reaches 145°.
  • Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes, then serve with more sauce (warmed up on the stove or in the microwave).

4 chops on a baking sheet shouldn’t be too close together, so they should only take about 6 minutes per side. If they are snuggled up close, they may take a few minutes longer per side.

Substitutions and variations

  • You can use my Tequila Pineapple BBQ Sauce for a more citrus-y, brighter kind of flavor.
  • You can use another BBQ sauce but if it has more sugar, it might burn more easily (especially if broiling).
  • To make sure these are Paleo or Whole30, follow the instructions for those programs when making the sauce.

Make-ahead instructions for Oven BBQ Pork Chops

The chops can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the fridge. Reheat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave, for 3-4 minutes under the broiler or for about 10-15 minutes in a 350° oven.

The chops can also be frozen, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat as above.

Leftovers are good cold (like sliced on a salad), room temperature or warm.

 

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5 from 7 votes

Oven BBQ Pork Chops

Juicy, tender pork chops are baked in the oven or broiled, while coated in a tangy, smoky BBQ sauce. This fast, easy weeknight dinner is gluten-free, dairy-free and can easily be Paleo/Whole30-friendly!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
resting time10 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked pork chops, bbq pork chops, broiled pork chops, oven bbq pork chops
Servings: 4 people
Author: Don Baiocchi

Ingredients

  • 4 (1-1½") thick-cut pork chops, bone-in or boneless
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • avocado oil spray or olive oil spray
  • 1 batch Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce (see link in notes below recipe)

Instructions

  • Pat the chops dry and season with the salt, about 1/8 teaspoon per side (can be done up to an hour in advance).
  • Bring the chops to room temperature. If seasoned in advance, pat dry again if necessary. Trim off any excess fat, if desired.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with avocado/olive oil spray.
  • For baking: heat the oven to 400°. Arrange the chops on the sheet.
  • Bake for 6-7 minutes, then flip the chops. Brush or spoon on the BBQ sauce (about 1-2 tablespoons per chop) and bake for another 6-7 minutes, or until they reach 145°. Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Serve with more sauce (warmed up in the microwave or on the stove, if necessary).
  • For broiling: turn the broiler on (to high, if possible). Arrange the chops on the sheet.
  • Broil for 6-7 minutes, then flip the chops and broil for 3-4 more minutes. Brush or spoon on the BBQ sauce (about 1-2 tablespoons per chop) and broil for another 3 minutes, or until they reach 145°. Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Serve with more sauce (warmed up in the microwave or on the stove, if necessary).

Notes

This recipe was tested with my Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce. You can use another BBQ sauce but if it has more sugar, it might burn more easily.
Neither method will really caramelize the fat running along the side of the chops. If you'd like that, heat 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil on a pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Use tongs to hold the chops up on the side and let sear until fat is browned, about 2-4 minutes per area. (If you're nimble, you could use 1 pair of tongs in each hand to hold up 2 chops so you cook all 4 at the same time.) Then proceed with the baking or broiling steps. If using an oven/broiler safe skillet, there's no need to transfer to a baking sheet.
The chops can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the fridge. Reheat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave, for 3-4 minutes under the broiler or for about 10-15 minutes in a 350° oven.
The chops can also be frozen, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat as above.
Leftovers are good cold (sliced on a salad), room temperature or warm.

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