Apple Bourbon Baked Pork Chops
Juicy pork chops seasoned and baked in the oven and covered in a apple bourbon reduction. The most delicious way to enjoy pork on a cool fall evening.
WW My Way Smart Points: 13 Green, 13 Blue,13 Purple
WW Freestyle Smart Points: 13
WW Smart Points: 13
Seasoning the Chops
I used very thick cut pork chops, so cooking times and Smart Points may vary if you have a normal size or small chop. I pulled out a baking dish and sprayed it down really well with cooking spray. You don't want your chops to get stuck to the dish and have to scrap off all the deliciousness. I also spray my meat to help the seasonings to stick. I use this a lot in place of using oil to coat things. This saves on calories, and Points, and I have found it doesn't cut on flavor.
I then use salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder and season both sides of each pork chop and place them in the baking dish.
I then threw them into the oven at 425 for about 40 minutes. Again, these bad boys were very thick and rather large (around 10oz each) So if you have a smaller chop, 25 minutes should do you good.
Apple Bourbon Goodness
The chops are baking in the oven, so it is a perfect time to clean up a bit, and then start the apple bourbon reduction. I pulled out a sauce pan and dumped in apple juice concentrate, bourbon, brown sugar, Dijon, salt, and red pepper flakes. I mixed it all together really well, and then brought it to a rolling boil. Once at a rolling boil for 2-3 minutes, I reduced the heat to a simmer and stirred occasionally. The reduction should thicken slightly, but it won't be think. If you want more of a glaze, use 1/4 cup of brown sugar instead (this will affect the WW Smart Points Value).
Pulling It All Together
Once the pork chops are cooked through, without any pick left, take them out of the oven and let rest for a few minutes. In the meantime, remove the apple bourbon reduction from heat and let it sit for about 5 minutes. After everything has settled, I just pulled the pork onto each persons plate, and let everyone scoop as much or as little of the apple bourbon sauce as they wanted over the pork chop.
We had this for dinner and we served it with the Lemon Mustard Green Beans. The two pair really well together and made for a super yummy family dinner.