Easy Skillet Pork Chops with BBQ Sauce

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These Easy Skillet Pork Chops are total comfort food. Sizzling BBQ sauce and a quick preparation make for a delicious and quick weeknight dinner.

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As soon as I could read, I started reading my mom’s cookbooks. For fun. I started cooking at about age ten, and doing the meal planning and grocery shopping at about age sixteen. Cooking has always been a passion of mine.

One of the recipes I discovered back in the days was this recipe for easy skillet pork chops. It is super easy, and you can adapt it in a multitude of ways, depending on what kind of sauce you use. I have always used barbecue sauce, but I imagine that salsa, marinara sauce, or your other favorite basting sauce would be equally good.

Just make sure you coordinate the type of liquid you use to match the sauce. I wouldn’t recommend pineapple juice with marinara sauce.

I usually use barbecue sauce with pineapple juice. I love how those flavors compliment each other. You can serve the finished chops on rice or mashed potatoes or even buttered noodles. A side of potato salad would not go amiss.

It’s also delicious served paleo style with spaghetti squash. Just be sure to use a naturally sweetened BBQ sauce, like this Naturally Sweetened Apricot BBQ Sauce.

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How I make this cheap:

Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Meal plan around what’s on sale. Don’t decide to make this when pork chops are $5/pound (when you have none in the freezer). Make this the week pork chops are on special or …
  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. Buy pork chops at a great price and put a few packages in the freezer so that you can make this whenever you want!
  • Make your own sauces. It’s much cheaper to make your own sauces. You get to control the quality of ingredients, too.

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Tools I use to make this recipe easy:

This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment. However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.


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Easy Skillet Pork Chops
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
These Easy Skillet Pork Chops are total comfort food. Sizzling BBQ sauce and a quick preparation make for a delicious and quick weeknight dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq pork chops, skillet pork chops
Servings: 6 pork chops
Calories: 321 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 pork chops
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce homemade or bottled
  • 1/2 cup water chicken broth, pineapple, or orange juice
  1. In a large skillet heat the oil until shimmering. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Brown the chops, turning once. Remove from the skillet to a plate.
  2. Saute the onion and garlic in the remaining drippings until the onion goes clear.
  3. Add the barbecue sauce, liquid, salt, and pepper.
  4. Return the chops and any juices to the pan and cover and simmer until the chops are tender, turning once. This may be 10 minutes for thin chops, or up to 20 or 30 minutes for thicker pork chops. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.
Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1 pork chop.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Skillet Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 556mg24%
Potassium 649mg19%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 107IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy Skillet Pork Chops with BBQ Sauce | Good Cheap Eats

Updated March 18, 2017.

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  1. Jen H says

    Tried this tonight. Family really enjoyed it! Thanks for a great dinner idea!

  2. Charity L. says

    Hmmm…think this could be made with apricot marmalade instead of the BBQ sauce? I think that would still pair well with the orange or pineapple juice (I like sweet sauces, obviously). Thoughts?

    • Jessica says

      @Charity L., yes, if you like sweet sauces, I think that would work very well.

  3. Monique Lawrence says

    Hi Jessica, I am new to your website. I made this recipe last night for dinner. It was absolutely delicious. Even my 9yo DD who is a very picky eater ate it all up.

    Thank you for all that you do.

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