These easy pineapple pork chops come together in just one skillet. They’re smothered in a brown sugar BBQ glaze, perfect for your next quick weeknight dinner!
With an active toddler at home, I feel like I’m always running out of ideas to keep her fueled.
Recently we discovered that she LOVES anything with sauce, especially if she can dip stuff in there. We made these saucy Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos and also this Quick Thai Shrimp Curry with Pineapple – and she cleared her plate both times.
The only part I’m not exactly fond of? Her hands/the table/her high chair/the floor under her high chair/you name it suddenly seem to love sauce as well. Sticky fingerprints and sauce puddles. Everywhere.
Stepping into BBQ sauce with bare feet is about as much fun as stepping on a snail. Believe me, I’ve done both in my lifetime.
But it can be hard to feed a toddler a balanced diet, even when they’re not picky eaters. So I’ll take the extra cleaning and BBQ vibes on my feet over a hungry kid at midnight any day.
I already shared a very similar dish on the blog, this Three Ingredient Pineapple Pork. I learned how to make it from my mother in law, and it’s a family favorite!
But now with a little sauce monster at home, I felt like it needed a little something extra to make sure Em is eating all her protein and carbs as well. Instead of just stealing everyone’s pineapple. And throwing the rice on the floor.
Because when I think about it, cleaning up sauce is easier than cleaning up rice.
It actually worked, apart from the fact that my kid somehow ended up spreading the sauce through her hair and all the way down her ankles. While her bib remained spotless.
She seemed to think the glaze on these pineapple pork chops make for an exceptional finger paint.
I thought it made for a super quick, easy and delicious dinner. In between all the painting, she seemed to agree with me. Kind of a win-win, right?
Pineapple Pork Chops Recipe
For the Pork Chops
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 4 bone-in pork chops about 3/4 inch (2cm) thick
- 8 pineapple rings fresh or canned are both fine
For the Glaze
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice 180ml
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Fresh cilantro and cooked rice optional
Prepare the Pork Chops:
Mix the oil, ground paprika, salt and lime juice in a large shallow dish. Pat the pork chops dry and add them to the marinade. Allow them to sit for at least 15 minutes, or up to overnight (see recipe notes).
In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the pineapple rings for 2-3 minutes on either side, or until starting to brown and caramelize. Remove them from the skillet and set them aside on a plate.
Once the pork chops are done marinating, cook them in the hot skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side or until they're browned and no longer raw in the middle.
Make the Glaze:
While the chops are cooking, whisk together all the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl. Once the chops are done, pour the glaze over them (careful, it might bubble up!). Cook it over medium heat, turning the chops often, until they are nicely coated and the sauce has thickened. Add the pineapple rings to the pan as well to warm them through.
Serve immediately with cilantro and rice, if you like.
Marinating the pork overnight is a great way to prep ahead for dinner. Cover the dish you're marinating the pork in tightly with foil and store it in the refrigerator.