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Bourbon Molasses Glazed Pork Chops

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Pork Chops
Calories 596 kcal


  • Oven Safe Skillet


For the Brine

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 8 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 3 pounds boneless pork loin chops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Bourbon-Molasses Glaze:

  • cup molasses
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup bourbon


  • In a large saucepan, stir together water, orange juice, brown sugar, salt, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Heat to boiling and reduce to a simmer, continuing to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Place the pork chops into a large bowl or gallon-size freezer bag with the brine. Refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove the pork chops from the brine, and rinse well under cold water. Use paper towels to pat the pork chops dry.
  • In a large (12 inch) skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and add the pork chops in batches. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes. Place all of the pork chop into the skillet circling the skillet around the outer edges.
  • Place the skillet In the preheated oven and continue to cook for another 4 to 6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. Allow the pork chops to rest for 5 minutes.
  • To make the glaze: Combine the molasses, apple cider vinegar, and rosemary in a small saucepan. Cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat. When the liquid has decreased to about ⅔ cups, whisk in the butter and bourbon. Continue to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes until thickened.
  • Serve drizzled with the Bourbon-Molasses Glaze.


You can use bone in pork chops for this recipe if you prefer them. 


Serving: 1Pork ChopCalories: 596kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 37gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 3643mgPotassium: 1033mgFiber: 1gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 306IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 2mg
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