Bourbon Molasses Pork Chops

June 22, 2014  |  Dinner, Easy, Pork, Savory

I am up to my ears in baseball lately. All-star practices, batting practices, scrimmages, team parties and dinners, you name it. And if you are a regular reader of this blog, then you probably know that I love every minute of it. The downside is, I am married to a ridiculously talented food blogger that can’t quite bake, cook, style, or photograph with a baby in her arm while I’m at baseball. so we are constantly trying to stay on schedule with everything.

Bourbon Molasses Pork Chops from Real Food by Dad

In with that, everyday things are getting put off lately. Cars need to be tuned-up, the house needs a deep scrubbing, and the gym needs to be visited more regularly. All in due time I suppose. Later this week. Yeah, right. One particular thing that I haven’t gotten around to is cleaning our grill. As of yesterday, it is officially summer and that means BBQ time, right? Well, like everything else, I will get around to that, so until then, I adapted and made these tasty Bourbon Molasses Pork Chops in the kitchen. That’s how things are going to get done around here until we find some time.

They ended up tasting fantastic. I pan seared these bad boys, then deglazed them with bourbon, giving them a nice, brown caramelized crust. and then finished them off with a quick roast in the oven.

1 Bourbon Molasses Pork Chops from Real Food by Dad

Life is always about change and adapting to those changes, and that applies to everything, including cooking. If you don’t have time, and you’ve got something specific in mind to make, well then, you’d better be flexible, cause things don’t always cooperate. And that’s what I did here. Otherwise, my neighbors might just see me out there when things are actually calm and quiet here, like 2AM, scrubbing that darn grill once and for all for summer. And that would look a little odd, don’t ya think?

Bourbon Molasses Pork Chops

Bourbon Molasses Pork Chops from Real Food by Dad

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  • Yield: 4 Servings

I am up to my ears in baseball lately. All-star practices, batting practices, scrimmages, team parties and dinners, you name it. And …


  • 4 pork chops, bone-in
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brwon sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced and zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon


  1. Combine and cook molasses, brown sugar, orange juice, orange zest, paprika and thyme over medium high heat until slightly reduced; set aside. Pat pork chop dry; set aside
  2. Heat a large oven proof skillet and add in oil. Brush chops with sauce and place in pan. Cook on medium high until just brown, about 3-4 minutes. Turn and cook other side until just brown. Continue to cook and turn chops in two minute increments for another 6 minutes. Deglaze pan with bourbon and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer pan to oven and roast chops at 450 degrees F, turning every two minutes to prevent chops from browning too quickly. Roast chops for about 14 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center of meat registers 135°

  • Sherri@TheWellFlouredKitchen

    We wrapped up the spring sports this Saturday, and although I love sitting and cheering them on, it will be nice to eat dinner at dinner time. These look amazing- love the orange -bourbon combination!

    • Derek the Zen Chef

      … You mean having kids means I would have to adjust my dinner time?! Jeez, now I’m not so sure about this… (^ ^)

    • realfoodbydad

      I’m with ya on that, Sherri. Can’t wait! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Paula

    Do you just love cooking with bourbon? You just can’t get that flavor with anything else. Gosh, I remember those first 3 months with a little one is really tough, saying a prayer you get through it. And really, let the house cleaning go, make those sweet memories with you ball playing son :) Have a great week, Matt!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much, Paula. We are going non-stop here, in every direction, but we do our best to take a breath and soak it all in and appreciate that life is actually like this for us ’cause we wouldn’t want it any other way:)

  • Mallory | Chocolate with Grace

    This is a great upgrade for ordinary pork chops! Love it.

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Mallory!!

  • Savory Simple

    Bourbon improves any recipe! I love this.

    • realfoodbydad

      Indeed it does, Jennifer! Thanks:)

  • Leah Davis

    This sounds incredible!! I love searing things and then finishing them in the oven. What a heavenly boozy sauce too :)

  • Laura Dembowski

    I love using my oven for just about everything. It’s on every single day. We all have things that get put off, but sometimes it’s okay for life to get in the way. I’m now officially craving pork chops!

    • realfoodbydad

      Totally agree Laura, thank you!

  • FSBO Owners

    If the browning gives us a clue, these must be tremendous!

    • realfoodbydad

      My favorite part:)

  • foodnessgracious

    Love these..I always shy away from pork chops but could change for these!

    • realfoodbydad

      Don’t be shy Gerry, try these! :)

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Always looking for new ways to cook up pork chops.These sound fabulous!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Melanie!!

  • southernsouffle

    Bourbon, Molasses and Pork.. this makes my southern heart very happy.. :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Erika!

  • Kayley McCabe

    Love how you deglazed it with bourbon! Sounds perfect for a busy night! I would totally think a 2 am grill scrubbing was normal, though, haha!

    • realfoodbydad

      That cracks me up picturing you out there at 2AM. Ha! Thanks Kayley!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    The molasses, brown sugar, orange juice, and thyme sounds so good already, and then you went and added bourbon — brilliant! These pork chops look amazing. :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Marcie! I love messing around with different flavors to find that sweet spot.

  • abrowntable

    I’m still struggling to get back into my old gym routine after the move, hopefully I will finally get my groover back. You’re killing me with these gorgeous pork chops, love, love them!

    • realfoodbydad

      I know exactly how you feel Nik! Hoping I actually get some time this morning. Thanks so much!

  • ITheeCook

    I am so happy all after school sports and activities are done for the season. Finally able to try and wind down. These chops look amazing. I am always looking for new pork recipes.

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Rina! It is exhausting isn’t it?!

      • ITheeCook

        Totally. It’s for the kids..It’s for the kids…lol

        • realfoodbydad

          Haha exactly!!

  • Beth @ bethcakes

    These pork chops look so good! We’ve been grilling everything at my house recently, but I love the idea of being able to make them inside as well. Plus, bourbon and molasses? Great flavor combo! I bet these were so tasty!

    • realfoodbydad

      They were Beth! Thanks so much. Can’t wait to find time to clean my grill:)

  • Amy | Club Narwhal

    Man, these bad boys look amazing! I love how quickly they seem to come together (perfect for those frazzled nights when I don’t want to eat yet another plate of pasta :)!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Amy, you put it perfectly!

  • Danae | Recipe Runner

    I am so glad you adapted these for indoor cooking since our grill recently bit the dust! I love a good pork chop and that bourbon molasses sauce, LOVE IT!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Danae! One of these days I will clean ours!

  • Alice Choi

    Matt, these look freaking fantastic! I love that you guys help each other. . that’s so cool. . my husband wouldn’t have the slightest idea what to do if I needed help. . I guess that’s why he is just my taste tester. love that you made these inside. . because as much as we love grilling and grilling outside. . not everyone has a grill so this is brilliant!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Alice! We’re not always helping each other with big smiles on our faces, but we definitely love helping each other out when we need to. Somehow we make it work well!

  • CrunchyCreamySw

    LOVE love the bourbon molasses combo! I need to remember that! Hope things will get easier soon!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Anna!

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    These look delicious!!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Ami!

  • Krista

    Ok I don’t even like pork chops but I NEED to try this! Looks amazing Matt!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    • realfoodbydad

      I rarely eat them Krista, maybe once every couple years, and I am so happy with how these turned out!

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Mmm I love a good pan-seared pork chop. A good weeknight meal!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Brandon!

  • Tutti Dolci

    These look incredible, love the bourbon molasses glaze!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Laura!

  • Kate@Diethood

    Cooking at 2 am is therapeutic… and quiet. :) Now, pass me a fork ’cause I want to dig in!

    • realfoodbydad

      You are hilarious, thanks Kate!

  • simplygloria1

    I know exactly what you mean with everything piling up… but I always say to my husband, it’ll be there when you get to it. :) This recipe looks insanely delish! We are such pork eaters here at my house… this is going on the menu very soon!

    • realfoodbydad

      I have to remember that line Gloria:) It’s so true!

  • Allie|Baking a Moment

    It will all fall into place- eventually! In the meantime, you have a pretty awesome backup plan. These chops sound fantastic! Love the bourbon and molasses 😉

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Allie!

  • grandbabycakes

    You are killing me with these pork chops! They look so flavorful and delicious!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Jocelyn!

  • Ashley

    My dad will love this recipe! Definitely sending it his way. :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Love hearing that, thanks Ashley!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    Pork chops. YUM! Brown sugar, orange juice… Gotta print this recipe. :)

    • realfoodbydad

      You’ll love the flavors in this Maggie, let me know if you ever make it!

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    Ooohhh! This looks amazing! Love the bourbon addition :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Laura!!

  • gonnawantsecond

    Oh my these look delish!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Kathleen!

  • Mike @TheIronYou

    The bourbon is such a nice touch; adds a ton of flavor! Great recipe Matt!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Mike! Hope you’re feeling better!

  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Yeah, scrubbing your grill at 2am would not be good. Haha Plus, with your busy life you need sleep. Great thing you adapted this and it looks amazing. Love these flavors.

    • realfoodbydad

      What is sleep, Cindy? Forgot what that is like:) Thanks so much!

  • Ema-Ontheflavorroad

    I just found your blog by cahnce! I love it :)! And I like your writing too!
    You are so right: things usually don’t go as we planned, but we need to be flexible. i have to keep it in mind :)!
    Your recipe sounds so good! Esay and delicious! That’s great!
    I just opened a little blog and I’d be glad if you could find the time -I’m sure it’s not going to be easy, but still :)- to come and say hallo :)!
    Have a lovely day!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you so much, Ema. I am so happy you found my blog and thanks for the kind words! On my way over to your site now:)

  • the wicked noodle

    Wow, another fantastic recipe. Pan-seared is just fine – can’t make a great pan sauce on the grill, right? (Well, I guess you technically could, but it wouldn’t be the same :) In any case, this looks like a recipe I’d make often!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Kristy!

  • bellalimento

    This is fantastic! Pinned can’t wait to try it.

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Paula!

  • Meggan | Culinary Hill

    LOL, Matt! I love that you haven’t cleaned your grill yet. Too funny. And why bother when you can whip up these yummy chops indoors? Looks great!

    • realfoodbydad

      It’s clean and ready finally, and like anything else, I will probably go way overboard and make way too many BBQ meals!

  • Shared Appetite

    Hahaha it took me forever to clean my grill… and I don’t even have kids. So really, I don’t have an excuse haha. Loving these pork chops.. molasses and bourbon sounds like an awesome flavor combo!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Chris!!

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