A little hard cider goes a long way when making these Pork Chops with Hard Cider Sauce. Use up those few bottles left in your beer fridge from summer. I really did just say“from summer”! Yes, fall is in the air already, but with that comes the bounty from your garden, warming casseroles and hearty soups. I like to see the best in everything! It only takes a cup of hard cider to make a fantastic pan sauce to adorn these pork chops. The bonus here is that you get to drink the rest.
A tasty rub is smeared over the pork chops which are then pan fried golden. While they rest, a quick pan sauce with everyday ingredients and a little hard cider transpires. The key here is not to overcook the pork chops, 6 minutes per side is about all you need. If in doubt, you want a minimum of 145℉ on an instant read thermometer.
I love this recipe because you get good delicious value for the time spent. The spice rub adds additional flavour and a gorgeous colour to the pork chops. It’s a weeknight winner for sure! Enjoy!
Recipe Source: Adapted slightly from: Williams-Sonoma Pork Chops with Hard Cider Pan Sauce
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp dry mustard
- 1 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp course black pepper
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 4 each 1" bone in pork chops
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 1 cup hard cider
- 1/2 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- In a small bowl stir together all ingredients except pork chops. Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel. Rub pork chops with spice mixture, covering all sides. Add oil to a large stainless steel pan over medium heat. When oil is hot add pork chops and cook until golden, approximately 6 minutes per side or an internal temperature of 145℉ is reached. Remove from pan and tent with foil.
- Dab out excess oil from the same pan. Over medium heat, add hard cider scraping up any browned bits from the pan. Bring hard cider to a boil and reduce for 5 minutes. Whisk in Worcestershire sauce, mustard, sirracha, and tomato paste. Stir in heavy cream, allow to return to a simmer and reduce for 2-3 minutes or until sauce coats the back of a spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately over pork chops.
-Medium heat is recommended so the spice rub doesn't burn or get too dark. The trick for a good sear with medium heat is to not move the pork chops while they cook, allowing a good crust to form.
-The time needed to cook the pork chops will vary depending on their thickness. The 6 minutes per side is based on an approximate 1" thick pork chop. If your chops are thinner, adjust accordingly and use a thermometer if needed.