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Post sear and pre-oven pork chop overhead shot; chops are with the cranberry sauce in a cast iron skillet with a red linen on the handle; black background.
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5 from 2 votes

Fresh Cranberry & Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops

Spicy, tart and sweet fresh cranberry roasted pork chops that easily come in a single pan under 30 min and want to be on your Holiday table!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch
Cuisine: Californian
Servings: 4
Author: Daniela Gerson


  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • kosher salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 pork chops bone-in
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice or pomegranate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


  • Preheat the oven to 450 F degrees.
  • In a small bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons brown sugar, cayenne, cinnamon, and a large pinch of both salt and pepper. Place the pork chops on a cutting board and rub them all over with the brown sugar mixture.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the pork chops and sear for 2 - 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove the pork chops from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, slowly pour in the wine and pomegranate juice. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar, the butter, cranberries, thyme, and rosemary. Season with salt. Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and slide the pork chops into the sauce, cook for a minute longer and remove from heat.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 10-15 minutesor until the chops are lightly charred and the sauce thickened. Serve the chops with the pan sauce spooned over top.


  • Choose bone-in, thick cut chops (1-1/2 inch)! The bone keeps the chops moist and imparts flavor and cutting it thick practically ensures a juicy results and prevents overcooking. 
  • Let thy chops come to room temp before searing! For juicier, more evenly cooked meat.
  • Sear thy chops pre-roasting! To caramelize the chops natural sugars and create a rich brown crust that’s an essential step for the most flavorful results!  
  • If you’re booze free, simply replace the wine with more of the cranberry/pomegranate juice. 
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