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The Sugar and Spice Rub makes extra. So another time, use it to season pork tenderloin or lean burgers before broiling or grilling.

Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 40 mins


Sugar and Spice Rub
Pork Chops


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare Sugar and Spice Rub: In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper and black pepper.

  • To prepare chops: Trim fat from chops. Brush 2 teaspoons oil over all sides of chops. Sprinkle chops evenly with 1 tablespoon of the rub (reserve the rest for another use); rub in with your fingers. Cover with plastic wrap; chill in refrigerator 1 hour.

  • Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to lightly coat skillet. Add chops; cook 7 to 10 minutes or until 145 degrees F, turning once. Transfer chops to a warm platter; cover and keep warm.

  • Remove skillet from heat. Slowly add wine to hot skillet, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Return skillet to heat. Add sliced apples, broth, and 1 thyme sprig. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 3 minutes or just until apples are tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer apples to a small bowl; cover and keep warm. Bring broth mixture in skillet to boiling. Boil about 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Return chops and apples to skillet; heat through. If desired, sprinkle with snipped thyme. Serve immediately.


To make ahead: Prepare rub (Step 1); store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

1 pork chop, 1/4 cup cooked apples and 1 tablespoon sauce
297 calories; protein 35.1g; carbohydrates 9.4g; dietary fiber 1.5g; sugars 6.8g; fat 11.6g; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterol 108mg; vitamin a iu 124.8IU; vitamin c 3.7mg; folate 2.4mcg; calcium 38.2mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 46.6mg; potassium 649mg; sodium 256mg.

1/2 fruit, 5 lean meat, 1 fat