Double-Cut Pork Chops with Spiced Agave Mustard Sauce are pan seared and finished in the oven for an extra juicy pork chop.
Pan searing for two minutes on each side seals in all the juices and lends to a perfectly cooked pork chop. We all dread the dry, over cooked pork chop. Somehow between the fear of undercooked pink pork lends to an overcooked moisture deprived pork chop. Using double-cut pork chops and the sear and bake method solves this problem. Also, invest in a good in-the-oven thermometer. You definitely won’t regret it.
While the pork chops are resting, make a simple sauce to accentuate the flavor. A combination of Dijon mustard, agave syrup and warm earthy spices like onion, cumin and chipotle powder add the final touch. Adding a splash of heavy cream and butter adds a richness that finishes the sauce. No need for store bought sauce because It’s so easy to whip up a sauce with very few pantry items.
Ingredients in Double-Cut Pork Chops with Spiced Agave Mustard Sauce
- Double-Cut Pork Chops – Bone in for extra flavor, they are usually around 1 1/2 inches thick.
- Dijon Mustard – I always keep Dijon mustard on hand for sauces and dressings.
- Agave Syrup – Sweetener that is the perfect texture for sauces and dressings.
- Spices – Onion powder, cumin, chipotle powder, salt and pepper.
- Liquid Smoke – Use caution – a little goes a long way.
- Heavy Cream – Also known as whipping cream.
- Butter – Adds a silkiness and finishes the sauce.
Double-Cut Pork Chops with Spiced Agave Mustard Sauce
- 2 double-cut bone in pork chops
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
Spiced Agave Mustard Sauce
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 pinch cumin
- 1 pinch chipotle powder or cayenne pepper
- 2-3 drops liquid smoke
- 1 tbsp. heavy cream
- 2 tbsp butter
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Place a cast iron or heavy bottom oven safe pan over high heat until very hot.
- Season each side of pork chops with salt and pepper. Add cooking oil to hot cast iron pan. Place seasoned pork chops in hot pan. Sear for two minutes on each side. Transfer pan to pre-heated oven and continue cooking for 7-10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. Remove from oven, place on plate to rest. Final temperature should read 145 degrees. (Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the pork chops. Always use a kitchen thermometer for best results)
Spiced Agave Mustard Sauce
- Combine Dijon mustard, agave syrup, onion powder, cumin, chipotle powder and liquid smoke in a small sauce pan over medium heat. When combined, add heavy cream and butter, stirring until melted. Reduce heat to low or place on warmer until pork chops are ready.