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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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