Easy oven-baked barbecue pork chops. These are tender, juicy chops seasoned with a homemade BBQ rub and finished with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.
Hey friends! Today, I’m showing you how to make my tried-and-true oven-baked barbecue pork chops. This recipe is super easy to whip up, and baked barbecue pork chops are perfect for busy nights during the week. It takes very little time to prepare this pork chops recipe—all you need are some pantry staples! You can have a delicious dinner on the table in less than an hour.
What I love about these pork chops is how easy the recipe is. There’s very little prep. You don’t have to worry about a complicated marinade, prepping the meat, or any other steps. Simply season, bake, add some sauce, and you’re good to go. So let’s jump on to making these delicious oven-baked barbecue pork chops.
Ingredients Needed for Baked Barbecue Pork Chops
The best part about this recipe—besides the fact that it’s dang delicious—is how simple these ingredients are. I bet you already have most of the ingredients on hand. Here’s what you need:
- Pork chops: I use bone-in pork chops, but feel free to use boneless pork chops or pork steaks.
- Seasonings: I use my very own homemade barbecue rub, which is pretty amazing! Read on to learn how to make a homemade BBQ dry rub.
- BBQ sauce: I use Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce in this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite barbeque sauce. (I have a mango peach bourbon BBQ sauce that would be bomb.com with pork chops.)
- Onions: Chopped onions are an essential aromatic in this pork chops recipe. Use yellow, white, or even red onion for some sweetness.
What’s the best cut of pork chop to use for baked barbecue pork chops?
Did you know there are five cuts of pork chops to choose from? Pork chops come from the back area of a pig, from the hips to the shoulder—the same area as pork tenderloin. Each pork chop cut has a different flavor and recommended cooking methods for best results.
For my baked barbecue pork chops, I use bone-in pork chops. Bone-in pork chops are less susceptible to overcooking and have a ton of flavor. You could also use shoulder pork chops or pork steaks. I’ve made oven barbecue pork steaks several times, and they come out terrific! Boneless pork chops are another popular option. However, the lack of connective tissue (fat) and bone in boneless pork chops means they can overcook quickly, become dry, and have less flavor.
Homemade BBQ Rub for Baked Barbecue Pork Chops
I always use my homemade barbecue rub to season my oven-baked pork chops. Now, this dry BBQ rub is my own creation. For those of you who may not know, I have my very own seasoning line called Rosamae Seasonings. I wanted to create homemade seasonings that knock your cooking up as many notches as possible! You can find classic seasonings like seasoning salt and garlic pepper, as well as custom-made creations like my pork seasoning, yams spice, or brown sugar rub.
I haven’t bottled the magic that is my homemade barbecue rub just yet, but when I tell y’all it’s the best dang homemade barbecue seasoning you’re going to find, I’m not wrong! Sure, you could use a store-bought BBQ rub, but it won’t be as good as my homemade recipe. You need:
- Light brown sugar
- Salt OR salt-free seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Ground black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Parsley flakes
Check out the recipe card at the end of this post for exact measurements. You can make a larger batch of this homemade barbecue seasoning to keep it on hand for anything you need. It goes great on chicken, beef, pork–you name it.
How to Cook Pork Chops in the Oven
The first step to making oven-baked pork chops is minimal prep. First, make sure your chops are nice and clean. A quick rinse under cold water and a pat dry with paper towels will do just fine. Then, lay the pork chops on a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil.
Next, generously season the pork chops with your homemade barbecue rub. Make sure you season both sides of the chops, gently rubbing the seasoning into the meat.
We will bake these pork chops in a baking dish, on a baking tray, or in a roasting pan. Give the pan a nice spray with cooking oil, or line the pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup. Chop one large onion and add it to the baking dish with the pork chops. I bake my pork chops covered in my roasting pan for 25 minutes.
Once done, uncover the pan and pour in your favorite barbecue sauce. I am not married to a brand—buy whatever is on sale, your go-to brand, or a homemade sauce. Make sure to completely cover those chops in that sweet, tangy sauce. Put them back in the oven, uncovered, for another 15 minutes, and you’re done!
How long should I bake my pork chops in the oven?
The total cooking time for baked pork chops depends on the thickness of your pork chops. Chops that are 1-inch thick (the average thickness for most pork chops) will take between 25 and 30 minutes to cook in a 350-degree oven. Covered chops take slightly less time, about 18 to 25 minutes.
You should cook baked barbecue pork chops to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure the chops are cooked to the right temperature.
Can I marinate or brine baked barbecue pork chops?
Yes, you can definitely marinate or brine these pork chops, but it is NOT required for this recipe! Brining before seasoning will make the pork chops tender and juicy. A simple brine—water, salt, and sugar—is all you need.
What should I serve with baked pork chops?
You can serve baked barbecue pork chops with just about any favorite side dish. Try a potato side—like creamy mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, or cheesy scalloped potatoes. Serve it with green beans, moist cornbread, or corn on the cob (toss the corn right into the oven too)! Even homemade dinner rolls would be perfect with barbecue pork chops.
Baked Barbecue Pork Chops Recipe + Video Tutorial
If you want to see exactly how I make my crowd-pleasing baked barbecue pork chops, I’ve got a handy video tutorial on my YouTube channel. So go ahead, put on that apron and get cookin’, Cousins! You can have delicious, tender, juicy oven-baked pork chops on the table in less than an hour. Drop a comment below, and let me know how the recipe turns out if you try it!
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Want more pork chop recipes? Here are some more favorites to try:
- Pork Chop, Broccoli, and Rice Skillet
- Southern Smothered Pork Chops and Gravy
- Crispy Breaded Baked Pork Chops
Oven Baked Barbecue Pork Chops
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Make sure that the meat is nice and clean prior to cooking.
- Drizzle 2 tbsp of olive oil all over the pork chops and rub the oil all over the pork chops.
- Season the meat, both sides, with the barbecue seasoning.
- Place the meat into an oiled bake dish or roaster pan, then top the pork chops off with chopped onions.
- Cover the bake dish and bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the pork chops from the oven and uncover them.
- Pour the barbecue sauce all over the pork chops and make sure all of the chops are nicely covered.
- Leave the pork chops uncovered and place them back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve!