Why buy expensive marinades when making your own is so easy? And, you can control the ingredients – add a little heat, spices or whatever you fancy! Take this simple, basic marinade and let your imagination run wild! The key to tender flavorful pork chops is not to over cook them. If they are gray all the way thru, they will be tough and flavorless. The trick is to cook the chops only until they read 140° on an instant read thermometer. Take them off the heat and allow them to rest about 5 minutes. The internal temperature will rise to 145 – 150° and they will be perfectly juicy with a pale rosy center. Delicious! Paired with some potatoes of your choosing and a veggie, this makes a complete meal in no time that your family will devour.
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
4 pork chops, trimmed
- In a small bowl, thoroughly blend soy sauce, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, mustard and ketchup
- Place pork chops in a ziploc bag and pour half the marinade over the top. Squish the pork around until covered and marinade at least 30 minutes. Reserve remaining marinade for basting.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Place marinated pork chops in a medium baking dish, coated with cooking spray.
- Bake pork chops 16-22 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn, halfway through and spread with reserved sauce. Continue baking remaining 8-11 minutes or until internal temperature of the chops has reached 140° F. Allow to rest 5 minutes then serve.