These easy sweet and sour oven baked pork chops are a favorite family dinner recipe from when I was a kid.
The sauce is sweet and tangy with ketchup and vinegar and takes regular old pork chops up a notch. It’s a unique flavor and is a simple meal to make on a busy weeknight with a few pantry staples.
If you love oven-baked boneless pork chops, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe! They’re moist and tender and you’re going to love it!
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These Sweet and Sour Pork Chops are SO GOOD!
Oven-baked pork chops are one of my favorite things to make for my family on weeknights. Both of my kids love pork and it’s a nice change of pace from having chicken.
Whenever I share this Sweet and Sour Pork Chops recipe with friends they always look at me a little funny. I’ll admit, the ingredients seem wrong.
This sauce for the pork chops is unique. And I’m not a lover of vinegar but somehow these tangy ingredients work together and make oven-baked pork chop magic.
While these pork chops are sweet and sour, this is not the same flavor of your favorite Chinese take-out meal. This sauce is more savory than sweet and has a different consistency.
The vinegar helps to tenderize the meat and keep the tomato flavor from being too sweet. And if you’re like me, and tend to overcook your meats, the sauce also helps to keep things moist.
If you have kids who love to put ketchup on everything, they will probably love this!
How to Make Oven-Baked Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
Oven-baked pork chops are super easy to make, which is great on a weeknight. And this tart and tangy sauce is a great change of pace to your boring old dinners. I’m not calling YOU boring. But you know that your dinners get boring…
Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
- 6 pork chops, approximately 1″
- 2 TBSP butter
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tsp celery salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
Weird!!! Right? I know these ingredients seem crazy together. But they work! One of the things I really love about this recipe is that all of these things (except for the pork chops – Costco pork chops are AWESOME btw) are things you should have in your pantry.
Ketchup is one of those condiments that can have lots of hidden sugars. I always look for one that has no added sugar! I prefer to know what sugar I’m stuffing in my mouth in the form of delicious desserts.
There aren’t a lot of substitutions for celery salt but if you had to, you could use dried dill and salt. It’s such a unique flavor (it’s also nice in some cocktails!) so you should probably buy a small bottle. I’ve also heard it’s an ingredient in KFC’s secret recipe so…
Let’s talk about the pork chops for a second. I am never impressed by the chops they sell at my local grocery store. I’ve also switched to shopping for groceries mostly online. I buy almost everything on Amazon Fresh, but I buy my meat on PerdueFarms.com.
These Coleman Natural Pork Chops are my go-to pork chops. Read all about ordering from Perdue online and having it shipped right to your home. They also sell their products in bundles for greater value keeping dinner time stress-free.
Steps to Make My Favorite Oven Baked Pork Chops
- Start by browning the chops, in butter, on both sides in an oven-proof dutch oven. (Usually, I don’t like recipes that have multiple steps, especially for a weeknight. But browning the pork chops gives them such amazing flavor before you bake them!)
- Mix up the sauce for the pork chops, the celery salt, ketchup, vinegar and nutmeg, in a small bowl.
- Add the sweet and sour sauce to the pork chops.
- Use tongs to make sure the pork chops are fully coated in the yummy, vinegar-based sauce.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for about an hour.
Pork chops are one of our favorite dinners to make. The meat is mild in flavor and I love that you can prepare it all kinds of ways. And since my kids try to tell me they are allergic to chicken (they are not) pork is something I know they will eat without a fight.
Again, not pretty to look at but so delightful to eat. I like to pair these oven-baked pork chops
What I serve with Baked Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
- Mashed Potatoes (OMG, have you tried these Bob Evans potatoes? They take just a few minutes in the microwave! Mom hack, yo! And the flavor is ridiculously good.)
- Roasted Green Beans (quickly roasted with a little garlic salt and onion powder.)
Don’t forget to save the extra tangy sauce for leftovers! Leftover pork chops are always a great lunch the next day.
Sweet and Sour Oven Baked Pork Chops
- 6 boneless Pork Chops approx. 1 inch thick
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1 cup Ketchup
- 2 tsp Celery Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 2/3 Cup Vinegar
- Brown the boneless pork chops on all sides in butter in an ovenproof pan.
- Drain off excess fat.
- Combine the tangy ketchup, celery salt, nutmeg and vinegar in a small bowl and pour over chops.
- Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for about one hour.
- Baste the roasting pork chops with sweet and sour sauce a few times throughout the cooking time.
- Check the pork chops to see if meat tender after one hour.
- Add more time to get the chops to your desired doneness.
- Serve with roasted green beans and mashed potatoes.
If you’re like me, you are always on the lookout for easy dinner recipes to make for your family. Here are a variety of recipes that my kids love to eat and I love to make.
- Teriyaki Turkey Stir Fry – I make this easy Teriyaki Turkey Stir Fry recipe almost once a week. With ground turkey and a store-bought teriyaki sauce, this quick and easy meal is one my whole family loves. The sauce makes it sweet which is kid-friendly but it also includes carrots, Brussels sprouts and edamame. Serve it over rice for a hearty dinner that is on the healthier side!
- Easy Chicken Tacos – This is my go-to recipe for Easy Chicken Tacos with shredded chicken. Boiled chicken with a little chili powder and garlic salt is full of flavor and the perfect filling for hard or soft taco shells. The kids can add their own toppings, like shredded lettuce, cheese and tomatoes and eat their tacos just the way they like.
- Butternut Squash Ravioli – Pasta is a great weeknight dinner idea but we get tired of spaghetti. The recipe for Butternut Squash Ravioli is semi-homemade. The ready-made ravioli is topped with alfredo sauce, chopped almonds and crispy prosciutto. It’s simple and delicious.
- Chicken Eden Isle – This is my all-time favorite chicken recipe. Chicken Eden Isle is the most delicious chicken with a simple cream sauce! Oven-baked chicken breasts, topped with dried beef and a white sauce made of cream of chicken soup, cream cheese and sour cream, is rich and super yummy. Served over white rice, this meal is creamy and delicious and not even a little bit healthy.
My friend also has a delicious recipe for Pork Chops with Parmesan Sage Sauce that sounds so tasty. I can’t wait to make these too.
Pin These Sweet and Sour Pork Chops in the Oven for Later
The oven-baked sweet and sour pork chops are crazy delicious! Leave a comment if you decide to make these! I’d love to know how you like it!