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Juicy thick cut pork chops are simple to prepare and the result can rival any traditional beef steak. Learn how to make the perfect thick cut pork chops with this simple method. 

Thick cut juicy bone-in pork chop with a side of green beans

Juicy thick cut pork chops are simple to prepare and the result can rival any traditional beef steak. I’m not even kidding! And they are way cheaper to buy too. I call them my secret weapon when it comes to feeding a crowd on a special occasion.

Making a perfect pork chop is completely easy. If you haven’t had a thick cut pork chop before, well, prepare to fall in love with pork chops. Those thin, flimsy chops you see all over the grocery store dry out easily and lack the complete flavor pork chops have to offer.

Close-up of a think cut, juicy bone-in grilled pork chop on a plate with green beans

You can buy a thick cut chop at almost any grocery, but you’ll probably have to ask for it. Just head on over to the meat counter and ask for a 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick cut pork chop. If you’ve got a good butcher, they will probably smile at your request. Keeping the bone-in helps retain both flavor and moisture, and cutting it thick practically ensures a juicy result.

Have a smoker? I also have a post detailing How to Smoke A Thick Cut Pork Chop that you should check out. Smokers are an amazing way to cook almost any meat. If you don’t already have a smoker, you should seriously consider getting one.

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Thick cut juicy bone-in pork chop with a side of green beans
Juicy thick cut pork chops are simple to prepare and the result can rival any traditional steak.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
  • Rub about a tablespoon of olive oil over each of your pork chops. Season all sides generously with salt. Pork needs a heavy amount of salt to bring out the flavor. Salt with a heavy hand when it comes to a thick pork chop. Season lightly with freshly ground pepper as well.
  • Heat an oven-safe heavy skillet over high heat. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.
  • Sear the pork chops for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Transfer skillet immediately to the oven and cook until the internal temperature of the chop reaches 145 degrees, about 15 minutes.
  • Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 207kcal | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 499mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thick pork chop
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March 7, 2020 12:52 pm

I used a cast iron pan and boneless rib chops. Very simple recipe and I was extremely surprised at how juicy they turned out. I’ve always had problems with thick pork chops. Not anymore. Thank-you.

April 2, 2020 6:30 pm

Absolutely fabulous. The key was the Searing of the chops which locked in the juices. Your recipe is undoubtedly the result of being a Fearless cook lol. I can’t get that smile off my dad’s face he love your recipe that much.

Christine Hollis
May 10, 2020 5:35 am

5 stars
I had two thick cut jalapeño pork chops to cook last night and used this method. They already had a jalapeño seasoning on them but I rubbed on the olive oil and followed the recipe to a “T.” They were absolutely amazing!!

Leia Phillips
September 1, 2020 7:48 pm

5 stars
I bought two 1 1/2 inch pork chops and use this recipe. They are the most delicious pork chops I’ve ever eaten. I was raised in the south by a really good cook, I am a really good cook and I’m 70. I’ve eaten a lot of pork chops. Hands-down, the best ever.

September 15, 2020 5:27 pm
Reply to  Leia Phillips

Thanks for stating the thickness of your chops! Really helped was not sure if this was good for 1 1/2” thick chops..trying it tonight!

Jeanne Deller
January 7, 2021 9:37 pm
Reply to  Julie

Yes, the 1 1/2 inch chops are perfect. Have used this recipe several times now – amazing improvement over earlier attempts to not overcook.

Deanna Drew
May 1, 2020 4:27 pm

5 stars
this was the best pork chop i have ever made. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!!

Fremont Scott
March 27, 2020 3:19 pm

helps if you brine chops for a couple of hours and let sit out for 30-45 minutes prior to cooking

Jeanne Everhart
March 2, 2020 5:16 pm

5 stars
I will always cook my chops like this from now on. I always overcooked and they dried out. This recipe is easy and most delicious! 🙂

Rick Anderson
April 30, 2020 9:21 am

5 stars
My family loves this recipe! We use Tony Chachere’s instead of salt/pepper and it’s awesome! We like a little spice in it! LOL Thanks for the great recipe!

February 26, 2020 8:13 pm

5 stars
It’s so hard to not dry out thick pork chops. This recipe was great! They came out juicy and flavorful. The whole family loved them. Thank you!

Brenda Nickle
July 15, 2020 5:11 pm

5 stars
Simple and perfect instructions. The chops were delicious and tender and juicy. In addition to the salt and pepper, I added a steakhouse spice. Served with rice pilaf and a roasted veggie medley, the entire dinner was about 25 minutes start to table.

Joel Zucker
April 7, 2020 8:10 pm

5 stars
Just amazing! Thank you for this simple, but delicious, recipe.

My boys, 6 and 8, can’t stop raving about how great it tastes. The keep asking how often we can eat this each week. 🙂

April 24, 2020 4:35 pm
Reply to  Joel Zucker

5 stars
Thank you so much!

Ed Becker
April 29, 2020 1:31 pm

5 stars
Excellent! I will not willingly go back to the thin and dry pork chips!

April 26, 2020 7:22 pm

5 stars
Best Pork recipe

Kathy Brown
February 17, 2020 7:07 pm

5 stars
The Best Pork Chops I’ve ever ate, Did this for my 90 year old Mum and she was amazed, and the best she’s ever had.
I did add a taste of Thyme leaves,. So happy I found your recipe.

April 25, 2020 6:29 pm

This was a great recipe!! I have tried forever to make good pork chops and this is the first time I would ever share a recipe!!! We loved it and it was so easy!

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