St. Louis Style BBQ Pork Chops

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Pork chops baked with a generous amount of tomato BBQ sauce. Use thicker, bone-in chops with some fat marbling for this one. Lean/boneless pork doesn't work as well. Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable, for an easy and delicious dinner!


  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes or if you only have whole canned tomatoes, you can puree and measure out instead
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt plus more to taste (less if using fine salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 thick bone-in pork chops about 3 lb., 3/4-1 inch thick with some fat cap and marbling of fat
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil


  • Heat oven to 350 F.  
  • In a large saucepan, heat bacon over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until just starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, garlic and onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, as needed, then remove from heat and set aside. 
  • Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add meat and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer pork to a 9 × 13-inch baking dish and pour sauce on top of pork, to cover pork chops. Bake, uncovered, about 30-40 minutes, or until pork is cooked through (140F when tested with thermometer). *NOTE: Baking time will be totally dependent on the thickness of the chops you start with. Thicker pork will take longer. Thinner will take less. 
  • Remove from oven and heat the broiler in your oven, with a rack at about 6-8 inches away from the heat source. Return baking dish to oven under the broiler for a 3-5 minutes to caramelize the sauce on the chops slightly.


Be sure to read the "Cook's Notes" in the original post, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!