Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 (1 1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork chops
1 tablespoon vegetable oil





Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, Italian seasoning, onion powder, cocoa powder, garlic powder, paprika, red pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Rub the mixture evenly over pork chops.

Add the oil to a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook for 3 minutes per side. Put the skillet in oven and bake the pork chops until cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven, transfer the chops to a serving platter and serve.

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Reader Comments:


These are so good! I love this rub, definitely one of my favourites to use smile

By Candace Driscoll on July 02, 2013


Absolutely Delicious! Never have I been able to make chops so tender. Will definitely be making these again soon.

By JBAR on December 11, 2011


LOVE THIS! just one long can this last in a jar?

By karen on November 05, 2011


fabulous! great for camping, too. just one planning on making a sizable amount to have on hand, im putting it into jars with lids (canning jars) should i keep them in the fridge, or can i put them on a shelf?

By karen on October 17, 2011


amazing! sooo moist as well as loved by all! were about to go camping for the easter weekend and i put this fabulous chocolate rub in a jar for many-a-camping dinners!!!!

By Anonymous on April 21, 2011


This was amazing. Instead of bread crumbs I mixed up all these ingredients and holla my husband liked it and even wanted it for supper again. Usually he likes variety but these made a hit. I served applesause alongside and I just never would have thought to rub cocoa into meat. You made a boring snow filled winter a delightful winter wonderland. Thank you.

By Fra on February 08, 2011


By Anonymous on June 03, 2010


This is defintely a five. I had my daughter,her husband,and my grown: 2 grandson and 1 granddaughter for Dinner,this Easter. They all raved about the chops, and I had to send my daughter the recipe, because her husband keeps asking her to fix them.

By Anonymous on June 01, 2010


WOW! My husband always complains that my pork chops are too dry. He loved these! Said they were the best I've ever made. Thank you!!

By Anonymous on April 03, 2010


This was absolutely delicious! I made it for dinner with our best friends and it was a big hit! Thanks!

By Anonymous on March 22, 2010


Tastes great and easy to make. I'm just a beginner, but all you really need to do is combine the spices, rub them on the chicken, and put them on for as long as the recipe says. No muss, no fuss. I made them for my parents and they said they were the best they'd ever eaten.

By Anonymous on March 08, 2010


THANK YOU!! These are absolutely the best and easiest chops to prepare and eat! Served with a petit sirat, the flavors just bounded! I served them at a friend's home for our Valentine's dinner and they all but inhaled them. Again...thanks.

By Anonymous on February 18, 2010

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