Maple Glazed Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes are cooked together on a sheet pan and glazed with a delicious maple-bourbon glaze (bourbon optional). This sheet pan pork chops recipe is a restaurant quality meal that is perfect to serve to your guests and family. The sweet potatoes are optional.
This sheet pan pork chops meal is so flavorful and easy to make.
Maple Glazed Pork Chops
I'm always on the lookout for a good pork chop recipe. This one is so delicious!
If you are familiar with sheet pan dinners, that's what this recipe is. A pork chop and sweet potato sheet pan dinner.
It's Easier Than it Looks
Though the recipe has a lot of ingredients listed, most of them are the glaze ingredients (one for the sweet potatoes and one for the pork chops) that you just add to a bowl and mix together.
Brining the Pork Chops
• This recipe calls for brining the pork chops prior to cooking them (soaking in warm, salty water). This makes them more tender and juicy. I feel that this is a necessary step.
• An hour of brining is ideal, but if you are pressed for time you can start brining them and then start your recipe.
• If you can get at least 15 minutes of brining time in, that's better than nothing!
What if I Don't Like Sweet Potatoes?
No problem! You can just not use them. Also omit the sweet potato glaze and cook the pork chops as directed.
You can use a different vegetable if you want, such as Brussels sprouts (cut in half), Carrots, Cauliflower, etc.
How to Make Maple Glazed Pork Chops
Gather all of the ingredients together (and prep your pans, etc.). Start brining the pork chops, then cut the sweet potatoes (if using), and make the glazes.
Add the sweet potatoes to the sheet pan, then toss with their glaze. Bake. Next you will sear the pork chops on each side.
Place the pork chops on the sweet potatoes with some of the glaze on them. Bake. Then glaze again with some of the sauce (saving a little for serving).
Serve the pork chops with the remaining glaze on the side. It will taste so delicious on the finished pork chops!
The sweet potatoes are soft and full of warm, sweet flavor, with a bit of caramelization.
Each bite of these tender and flavorful pork chops is satisfying and delicious.
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Maple Glazed Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes
- Baking Sheet Pan
- Frying Pan
- 4 Pork Chops bone-in
- 1 quart Warm Water (not hot)
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
- 2 teaspoons Black Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoon Ground Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 2 large Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- ½ cup Maple Syrup
- ¼ cup Bourbon (optional)
- 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- ¼ cup Raspberry Jam
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Ginger
- Pinch Cayenne Pepper
- To brine the chops, combine the water, salt and pepper in a large shallow dish.
- Place the pork chops in the brining water, making sure to submerge the chops completely.
- Cover the chops tightly and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to an hour (1 hour is ideal).
- After the allotted time, remove the chops and pat dry.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a large sheet pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl combine the melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and smoked paprika.
- Place the potatoes in the pan and pour the brown sugar mixture over the potatoes. Toss to coat.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Flip them over from time to time, to brown all sides.
- To make the glaze, combine all the glaze ingredients together in a small pan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Set aside.
- Pork Chops
- Season the chops with salt, pepper and paprika.
- In a frying pan, heat the oil. Then place the chops in the hot oil and sear both sides for 2 minutes each, then remove from the pan. to a plate.
- When the potatoes have baked for 35 minutes, lower the oven to 375° F.
- Carefully take the pan out of the oven and set on a heat-safe surface. Place the chops on top of the sweet potatoes and spoon ⅓ of the glaze over the chops, then bake for 5 minutes.
- Spoon ⅓ of the glaze over the chops. Bake for an additional 4 minutes. The pork chops are ready when the internal temperature reads 140°F.
- Remove and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. The temperature will rise to 145°F as the meat rests.
- Serve with the remaining ⅓ of the glaze.
- Brining the pork will help it stay moist and tender. Brining the pork for an hour is best, but at least 15 minutes is important.
- Pork can dry out quickly, you can use a meat thermometer to know when it is done properly. Pork is done when it reaches 145° F. You can remove it from the oven when it is at 140° F and after resting a few minutes it will reach 145° F.