Bourbon-Glazed Pork Chops with Hoppin' John

Bourbon-Glazed Pork Chops with Hoppin' John

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2015

In this one-skillet dinner recipe, Kentucky bourbon gives a kick to these sticky glazed pork chops. In the healthier black-eyed pea Hoppin' John, this easy recipe uses smoked paprika instead of traditional ham or bacon.

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  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 bone-in pork chops ( ½- ¾ inch thick; about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme


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  1. Combine molasses, bourbon (or apple juice) and mustard in a small bowl. Season pork chops with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper, then brush with half the molasses glaze.
  2. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron or other broiler-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add bell pepper, onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 4 minutes. Add black-eyed peas, paprika, thyme and the remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes. Place the pork chops on top of the peas and pour in any accumulated juice. Brush the chops with the remaining glaze. Place the pan under the broiler. Broil until an instant-read thermometer inserted into a chop registers 145°F, 2 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 chop & ¾ cup Hoppin' John
  • Per serving: 409 calories; 16 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 37 g protein; 53 mcg folate; 100 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 7 g added sugars; 383 IU vitamin A; 39 mg vitamin C; 86 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 714 mg sodium; 860 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (65% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 vegetable, ½ other carbohydrate, 5 lean meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 5

November 12, 2017
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By: Ruth
This is eye-popping good. Literally. My husband’s eyes popped out when he tasted this dish.
January 09, 2017
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Cooked based on directions but used prepared black eye peas that were leftover from new years. Excellent taste and quick preparation.
January 09, 2016
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By: J.M.Bailey
Delicious flavor combination The spices, apple juice, and other ingredients blended deliciously. I had leftover ham, so I replaced the pork chops, which made this dish even easier. (I also left out the salt because the ham was already salted.) It was just as good reheated the next day. Pros: Easy, great flavor, versatile, reheats well
March 04, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Best Ever! I had never broiled chops before, but since we always have pork on NYD for good luck, this was my recipe! I was truly impressed! It was a delicious one pot meal, and the chops were tender and delicious! The only down side was they were a bit dark in color, not burned, but they didn't look as pretty as I would have liked! Will definitely use this recipe again! Pros: Melt-in-your-mouth Cons: Color was a bit dark
January 04, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
easy, really filling a different take on hoppin john. I used brandy, and added just a tad of bacon grease because I had trimmed chops instead of bone in Pros: easily made, quick
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