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Dinners can be chaotic with varying work schedules and commitments, which is why we like to keep dinner simple. This rubbed pork chop recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes and will make the whole family happy!
I didn’t use to like pork all that much, but what I realized is I had never really learned to cook it. I had it the same boring ways for a long time, never understanding why my husband always wanted to have pork. But then I finally figured out a few ways to cook it that are easy, but flavorful, which is the perfect recipe for a dinner in my book.
These rubbed pork chops are SO easy to make that anyone at any skill level can make them!
My friend Susannah from Feast + West brought me a spice rub to remind me of North Carolina that was a smoky sugar rub when she came to visit Phoenix this past summer and we were able to get together. It sat in our pantry for a few weeks because I wasn’t quite sure how to use it. Then one day, we had pork chops and we decided to use it on them.
And man, that was a great life decision. I’m convinced pork has naturally sweet undertones to it because anytime you add fruit or sugar to it, it’s seriously amazing. So this smoky sugar rub did the trick!
The best part about this meal though is how quick it is to make. My dad work about 35 minutes away from the house, so we often start on dinner as he leaves work. Meals that take a lot longer than 30 minutes to cook just don’t really cut it in our house. These Natural Pork Chops from Smithfield make that a reality.
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Speaking of Dad’s, lately I’ve been putting a lot of thought into fatherhood. I’m always thinking about motherhood and how it’s affected me over the last year or so, but fatherhood is a special kind of parenting. Fathers almost always end up being heroes for their children even if they don’t know why when they’re younger.
I’ve come to realize that dads become heroes for a couple of reasons, though. They’re selfless, hard working and have to deal with the constant pulling in two directions between family and work. As I’ve watched Steven become a dad and grow into his new responsibilities as a father, I can already imagine how much of a hero he will be to little Greyson as he gets older.
So whenever possible, remind your dad that he’s a hero and do something special for him.
This rubbed pork chop dinner could be the perfect start! Grab your ingredients from Walmart and you’re ready to go!
- 4-6 boneless pork chops, about 1 inch thick
- 3 tablespoons smoky sugar rub (or turbinado sugar)
- Parsley, garnish
- Grease a frying pan
- Cover pork chop in smoky sugar rub (or turbinado sugar)
- Brown pork chop on both sides in frying pan
- Check internal temperature on both sides after about 5 minutes on each side, should be 165 degrees.
- Serve immediately!
- Note: For thicker pork chops, brown for 3-5 minutes and then bake for 10-15 minutes until temperature is 165.
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What is your favorite way to eat pork?
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