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Apple Bourbon Pork Chops

These deliciously tender and flavorful Apple and Bourbon infused pork chops are a great fall or anytime meal. Make them on the stovetop, oven, or the grill.  Apple Bourbon Pork Chops pair well with roasted green beans and mashed potatoes for a perfect well-rounded comfort meal.

One of the things I love the most about this Apple Bourbon Pork Chops is the Apple Pan Sauce. It’s fruit-forward with bourbon hints and a caramelized flavor- the perfect complement to the sweet-smoky flavored thick-cut pork chops.

 

These deliciously flavorful  Apple and Bourbon infused pork chops are a great fall or anytime meal. Make them on the stovetop or in the  Crock-Pot.

One of the things you’ll fall in love with when making the Apple Bourbon Pork Chops recipe is it’s super easy compared to many others on the net. The flavors come bursting through these chops. Every time I make this recipe, they fly off the table in no time flat. 

I usually make this recipe for Apple Bourbon Pork Chops on the stovetop is my favorite cast-iron skillet. It’s roomy enough to fit four thick pork chops in easily with overcrowding. You can make a few adaptions to this recipe and do the chops in the oven or grill them.

 

Equipment Needed

  • Paper towels 
  • Large Cast-Iron skillet or Metal skillet 
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Wooden spoon
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Serving platter

 

 

These deliciously flavorful  Apple and Bourbon infused pork chops are a great fall or anytime meal. Make them on the stovetop or in the  Crock-Pot.

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping List

  • Bone-In thick-cut pork chops 1.5-inch cut
  • McCormick Grill Mates seasoning (Brown Sugar Bourbon)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Organic cold-pressed Olive Oil
  • Real Butter
  • Two Gala Apples
  • Four green scallions
  • Brown Sugar
  • Concentrated chicken stock
  • Water
  • Bourbon (optional)

 

 

 

Tips

  1. Gather all necessary equipment, ingredients, and seasoning before getting started on the recipe.
  2. Pat the Bone-In thick-cut pork chops thoroughly dry with a paper towel on both sides. Blotting off as much moisture as possible allows the seasoning to stick and ensures even browning once the pork chops hit the hot pan for deliciously crispy caramelized edges.
  3. Be sure not to skip the Brown Sugar Bourbon Grill Mates Seasoning. You can easily find it in the spice isle-not to be confused with the Brown Sugar Bourbon Grill Mates Marinade. Liberally season both sides of the pork chop.
  4. When cooking the Bone-In thick-cut pork chops in the olive oil, do not raise the heat above a medium heat as olive oil does not have a high smoke point. The idea is low and slow, which makes for a more tender pork chop. The Smoke point of Extra virgin olive oil is  410 degrees F. 
  5. Be sure to choose a sweet apple versus a tart apple for this recipe as the outcome will be completely different. I used Gala Apples in this recipe. Leave the skins on the apple for more nutritional value.

 

 

 

 

These deliciously flavorful  Apple and Bourbon infused pork chops are a great fall or anytime meal. Make them on the stovetop or in the  Crock-Pot.This fabulous recipe Apple Bourbon Pork Chops comes together in no time with a prep time of ten minutes and cooking time of thirty-five minutes, give or take when preparing simple sides such as mashed potatoes and roasted green beans. Want to make life easier? Serve these Apple Bourbon Pork Chops with a  baked sweet potato or a fun fall or winter salad with tons of goodies. The choice is yours!

 

 

 

Steps to Make the Recipe

  1. Get all of the required ingredients gathered, seasonings, and suggested equipment before starting the recipe as the recipe goes reasonably quickly in the beginning.
  2. Pat the pork completely dry and season the thick-cut pork chops on both sides liberally with the Brown Sugar Bourbon Grill Mates Seasoning.
  3. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large cast-iron skillet or large metal skillet on medium heat. Add the thick-sliced pork chops and cook for about 8-10 minutes on both sides. Reduce the heat if the pork starts to brown too quickly. Be sure the cook is thoroughly cooked through, and no juices are running. Then transfer the pork to a platter until needed. Turn off the heat under the cast-iron skillet, let slightly cool, and carefully wipe it out with clean paper towels, careful not to burn yourself.
  4. Meanwhile, halve, core, and slice the Gala apples. Trim and finely slice green scallions separating the greens from the whites. (Reserve the green tops for another recipe)
  5. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil and three tablespoons of real butter with two tablespoons of bourbon (optional) in the pork’s pan. Add the sliced apples and scallion whites, season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cook the apples for about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally or until golden in color.
  6. Stir in the Two tablespoons of concentrated chicken stock, 3/4 cup of water,  and 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar. Cook until the sauce has thickened and apples are tender–about 5 minutes.
  7. In the last few minutes, return the pork to the pan until warmed through. Once the pork has heated,  top with apple mixture and serve with your favorite sides.

 

 
 
Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact measurements, instructions, and print options!

 

 

 

 

5 from 8 votes
These deliciously flavorful  Apple and Bourbon infused pork chops are a great fall or anytime meal. Make them on the stovetop or in the  Crock-Pot.
Apple Bourbon Pork Chops
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

These deliciously tender and flavorful Apple and Bourbon infused pork chops are a great fall or anytime meal. Make them on the stovetop, oven, or the grill. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Apple Bourbon Pork Chops, Pork Chops
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 471 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 4 Bone-In thick-cut pork chops 1.5-inch cut
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar Bourbon Grill Mates Seasoning
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons Organic cold-pressed Olive Oil +more
  • 3 tablespoons Real Butter
  • 2 Two Gala Apples cored and sliced
  • 4 Scallions whites and greens separated
  • ½ tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Concentrated chicken stock
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon optional
Instructions
  1. Get all of the required ingredients gathered, seasonings, and suggested equipment before starting the recipe as the recipe goes reasonably quickly in the beginning.

  2. Pat the pork completely dry and season the thick-cut pork chops on both sides liberally with the Brown Sugar Bourbon Grill Mates Seasoning.

  3. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large cast-iron skillet or large metal skillet on medium heat. Add the thick-sliced pork chops and cook for about 8-10 minutes on both sides. Reduce the heat if the pork starts to brown too quickly. Be sure the cook is thoroughly cooked through, and no juices are running. Then transfer the pork to a platter until needed. Turn off the heat under the cast-iron skillet, let slightly cool, and carefully wipe it out with clean paper towels, careful not to burn yourself.

  4. Meanwhile, halve, core, and slice the Gala apples. Trim and finely slice green scallions separating the greens from the whites. (Reserve the green tops for another recipe)

  5. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil and three tablespoons of real butter with two tablespoons of bourbon (optional) in the pork’s pan. Add the sliced apples and scallion whites, season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cook the apples for about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally or until golden in color.

  6. Stir in the Two tablespoons of concentrated chicken stock, 3/4 cup of water,  and 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar. Cook until the sauce has thickened and apples are tender–about 5 minutes.

  7. In the last few minutes, return the pork to the pan until warmed through. Once the pork has heated,  top with apple mixture and serve with your favorite sides.

Recipe Notes
  1. Gather all necessary equipment, ingredients, and seasoning before getting started on the recipe.

  2. Pat the Bone-In thick-cut pork chops thoroughly dry with a paper towel on both sides. Blotting off as much moisture as possible allows the seasoning to stick and ensures even browning once the pork chops hit the hot pan for deliciously crispy caramelized edges.

  3. Be sure not to skip the Brown Sugar Bourbon Grill Mates Seasoning. You can easily find it in the spice isle-not to be confused with the Brown Sugar Bourbon Grill Mates Marinade. Liberally season both sides of the pork chop.

  4. When cooking the Bone-In thick-cut pork chops in the olive oil, do not raise the heat above a medium heat as olive oil does not have a high smoke point. The idea is low and slow, which makes for a more tender pork chop. The Smoke point of Extra virgin olive oil is  410 degrees F. 

  5. Be sure to choose a sweet apple versus a tart apple for this recipe as the outcome will be completely different. I used Gala Apples in this recipe. Leave the skins on the apple for more nutritional value.

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    kerri
    October 16, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    These were some gorgeous and delicious tasting pork chops. The apple really provided a lovely complimentary flavor to the overall dish.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 22, 2020 at 8:53 am

      Thank you so much, Kerri! The kids loved them, and my husband went for seconds, so it was a winning dinner.

  • Reply
    Anjali
    October 16, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    This was such a great recipe for fall! It was Hearty, satisfying, and so delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 22, 2020 at 8:54 am

      Thank you, ANJALI! That just made my morning!
      Have a great day!

  • Reply
    Priya
    October 16, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    This Apple Bourbon Pork Chops was so delicious! My favorite part was the Apples and Bourbon sauce! That recipe was so delicious I will be making it again.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 16, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you, so much Priya!

  • Reply
    Alina
    October 16, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I loved the taste combination of pork, apple, and bourbon. So smart, delicious, and just a perfect holiday or weekend meal for me. Thanks for sharing! I will be making this again!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 16, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you, Alina! There’s nothing like a great fall/winter recipe to perk up dinner!

      Have a great night!

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