Easy Smokey & Sweet Pork Chops


4-6 medium sized porkchops
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp each salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes, adjust to liking
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and spices (1/2 teaspoon each salt, pepper, cayenne, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. 

Remove the pork chops from their package and rub the brown sugar/spice mix all over both sides. Use all of the spice mix.

Heat one tsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped garlic. Remove when lightly browned. Add remaining olive oil to pan and heat to medium-high. When the oil is nice and hot, add the pork chops. Cook the chops for about 5 minutes on each side or until they are nicely browned. Remove from heat and add browned garlic. 

If you are using an oven safe skillet, place the skillet in the oven for an additional 5 minutes to make sure they are cooked through. If you do not have an oven safe skillet, transfer the chops to a baking sheet lined with foil then place in the oven.

Remove the chops from the oven and drizzle with remaining sauce from pan. Enjoy!