Easy dinner alert!!! This simple, delicious, and healthy Easy Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops recipes will have everyone licking their fingers. And the best part is that this recipe takes a short amount of time, making it perfect for a weeknight family dinner! This recipe is gluten free with sugar-free & keto substitutions included.
What I love about baked bbq pork chops recipes, like this one is how easy and delicious they are. And with my ‘from scratch” version you can control the ingredients instead of relying on a bottled BBQ sauce for easy recipes like this!.
I recently asked my MIL where this recipe originally came from and she wasn’t exactly sure… maybe Aunt Angie?? I guess it really doesn’t matter but what we are 100% sure of, is that this easy weeknight dinners recipe has been a family favorite for at least 30 years!
My hubby, Ray, remembers eating it long before we met, these Easy Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops Recipes were made by both his mom and his grandmother. And admittedly I’ve loved this recipe since my first taste… is love at first taste a thing?!?!
In fact, I was so INSPIRED by these Baked BBQ Pork Chops Recipes (which includes my favorite barbecue sauce) that I used the easy sauce to make my famous 3-ingredient Homemade BBQ sauce and Homemade Keto BBQ Sauce Recipes! (both recipes with pantry ingredients you already have!!)
How To make Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops
Again, this barbecue bork chops recipe isn’t calling for bottled BBQ sauce, instead it relies on just 3 ingredients you already have as pantry staples to make your new favorite bbq sauce mix!
- Brown Sugar
- Lemon Juice (or Apple Cider Vinegar)
and of course you’re going to need Pork Chops too, I’ve made this with both bone in pork chops and boneless pork chops. You do you, boo.
Optional, but suggested ingredients:
- My Homemade Seasoned Salt (salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika)
- Onion, sliced
To get started you’re going to need a baking pan with sides. I use a 9×13 glass baking dish for up to 6 pork chops, you can use a baking sheet with sides if you want to make more at once for a lot of people (or leftovers for easy meal during a busy week). Alternatively if you are only making 2-3 pork chops you can even make this delicious recipe in a cast iron skillet, too!
Season your pork chops on both sides. I recommend my Homemade Seasoned Salt or my BBQ Spice Dry Rub Recipe. You can also use basic salt and pepper, bbq rub, barbecue seasoning or simple rub mix that you like. Place pork chops in a single layer (or with very minor overlap, as photoed) and top each with 1-2 slices of sweet onion.
To make the sauce mixture by combing ketchup, lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) and brown sugar.. then pour the good bbq sauce over the top of pork chops.
While I haven’t tried this modification yet, next time I’m going to add a slice of green bell peppers to each pork chop along with the onion. You might even want to add a few drops of liquid smoke to the tangy bbq sauce for a smoky flavor (like you might expect from a charcoal grill) like I do in my homemade BBQ sauce recipe and a pinch of cayenne pepper for some spice!
Since pork chops come in a variety of sizes and shapes that can be used in this recipe; thick cut pork chops, pork loin chops, etc.. the baking time can vary in order to ensure that you have juicy pork chops that are also tender chops.
You will notice that the sauce ingredients along with the pork juices are what make this a wonderful recipe, see all that deliciousness in the pan?!?!?!
Bake your oven bbq pork chops at 400F for roughly 45 minutes (uncovered) for thin boneless chops. Increasing the time until your pork is falling apart, depending on the thickness of your pork chops.
Nobody likes a tough and chewy pork chop recipe!! You don’t need a meat thermometer or check an internal temperature, fork tender pork chops are always cooked through and no longer pink!
What to serve with Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops
Making an easy week night dinners that the whole family will enjoy, includes picking the perfect side dishes.
Here are my favorite sides for Baked BBQ Pork Chops:
- Crispy Baked Potato Wedges
- Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw
- Baked Potato with butter and sour cream
- Best Ever Potato Salad Recipe
- Copycat Creamy Coleslaw
- Steamed & Buttered Veggies: Green Beans, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, etc
- Southern-Style Green Beans
- Cheesy Potatoes Stacks
- Sweet Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter
- Pressure Cooker Rice Pilaf Recipe
- Fried Potato Salad with Bacon & Homemade Aioli
What easy sides would you serve with this simply recipe for baked pork chops to make it a delicious dinner for your family on busy nights?!?
Baked BBQ Pork Chops FAQs
How to Store Baked BBQ Pork Chops?
Store any leftover Baked BBQ Pork Chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How long will Baked BBQ Pork Chops Recipes keep?
When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, Baked BBQ Pork Chops will keep for roughly 5 days.
Can I freeze Baked BBQ Pork Chops Recipes?
Yes, Freezing Baked BBQ Pork Chops is a great way to keep them longer. Again they can be kept in an air tight container in the freezer for about 3 months. For longer storage of 6+ months use a vacuum sealer.
Why are my Baked BBQ Pork Chops tough?
If your Baked BBQ Pork Chops are not tender enough, then you did not bake them for enough time. The key is that the acid in the lemon juice along with the heat will break down the fibers of the pork to make them fall apart tender pork chops..
Can I make this Baked BBQ Pork Chops Recipe with Chicken?
While I have not made this recipe with chicken, I think it would be wonderful with boneless, skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs.
How can I make Baked BBQ Pork Chops KETO?
To make these delicious Baked BBQ Pork Chops keto friendly and sugar free, simply make the sauce using sugar-free ketchup and golden monk fruit sweetener (see my Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe)
What cut of pork is best for Baked BBQ Pork Chops Recipes?
I personally suggest using thin cut, bone-in pork chops for making the best, tender baked BBQ pork chops recipes.
Can I use bottled BBQ Sauce to make Baked BBQ Pork Chops Recipes?
Yes you can use a bottled BBQ sauce for making oven baked barbecue pork chops, I suggest adding at least 50% water to the sauce to allow for evaporation while baking so that your chops don’t dry out while they are getting tender.
Can I make Baked BBQ Pork Chops Recipes under the broiler?
I would suggest using the broil function at the end of the baking time to give your pork chops a brown (grill like) finish, if desired.
Should I cover my Baked BBQ Pork Chops with foil while baking?
I have made this recipe using foil and without using aluminum foil, I’ve found that the sauce becomes more concentrated without foil so I don’t feel it’s necessary.
I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for Easy Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops recipes, try these easy week night dinners next:
- Healthy Sheet Pan Shrimp Asparagus Potato Dinner Recipe
- Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl Recipe
- Spicy Asian Green Beans with Ground Turkey
- Honey Mustard Pork Chop Kale Bowl with Apples, Mushrooms and Cauliflower Rice
- Pork Chops with Morel Ramp Cream Sauce
Easy Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops
- 9×13 glass baking pan
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Season pork chops and arrange in a single layer in a baking dish with sides.
- Top each pork chop with a slice of onion.
- Mix sauce ingredients and pour over pork chops.
- Bake at 400F for roughly 45 minutes, or until fork tender.
- Enjoy immediately (they are also delicious at room temperature too)