Are you ready to blast your taste buds into orbit with this out-of-this-world recipe for Spaceman BBQ Pork Chops? Whether you're a seasoned chef or a culinary novice, this dish is sure to impress with its delicious flavors and easy-to-follow instructions. Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that's truly stellar!

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Spaceman Knives Steak Knives for slicing the chops

Signature Cassadou from Le Creuset

Instant Read Thermometer from ThermoWorks

Lillie's Q Herb Salt


  • 4 pork chops, about 1.5 inches thick
  • Salt, to taste*
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder*
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder*
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper*
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil like avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • *Instead of the seasoning mix above I used Lillie's Q Herb Salt which was absolutely delicious on Pork Chops.

Pork Chop Preparation with Pan Sauce:

For the Pork Chops:

  1. Begin by taking the pork chops out of the refrigerator. Season them evenly with salt on both sides and allow them to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This process ensures they come up to a more uniform internal temperature before cooking, promoting even cooking.

  2. In the absence of a pre-made seasoning like Lillies Q Herb and Salt, you can create your own spice blend. Combine equal parts of flour, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper. This homemade blend will contribute depth and complexity to the flavor of the pork chops.

  3. After allowing the pork chops to temper, pat them dry with a paper towel to remove any surface moisture. A dry surface aids in achieving a more effective sear. Thoroughly apply your spice blend to each side of the pork chops, ensuring an even coating.

  4. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat and add a thin layer of oil. Once the oil is shimmering but not smoking, add the pork chops. Sear them until they develop a rich, golden-brown crust, about 3-4 minutes per side. This step is crucial for flavor development.

  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and continue to cook the pork chops until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F, typically taking between 6 to 12 minutes depending on thickness. Then, transfer the pork chops to a plate, tent loosely with foil, and let them rest for 5 minutes. Resting allows the juices to redistribute within the meat, ensuring a juicy finish.

For the Pan Sauce:

  1. With the pork chops resting, turn the heat under the skillet back up to medium-high. Add chicken stock, apple cider vinegar, and honey, stirring to deglaze the pan and lift any browned bits from the bottom. These bits are packed with flavor and will significantly enrich the sauce.

  2. Allow the sauce to simmer and reduce by approximately half, which concentrates the flavors and thickens the sauce. At this stage, adjust the seasoning as needed to match your palate.

  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in a few tablespoons of butter until it's fully incorporated and the sauce achieves a glossy, cohesive consistency.

  4. Return the pork chops to the skillet, spooning the sauce over them to coat. Alternatively, for a more refined presentation, slice the pork chops and arrange them on a platter, then drizzle with the pan sauce.

This method strikes a balance between professional culinary technique and the nuanced flavors that elevate a simple pork chop dish to a memorable dining experience.

Enjoy Your Spaceman BBQ Pork Chops!

Get ready to launch your taste buds into orbit with these mouthwatering Spaceman BBQ Pork Chops. With a perfectly seasoned crust and a savory pan sauce, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. So fire up your skillet and get ready to experience flavors that are truly out of this world!

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