Photography: Karry Hosford
4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop)

Smooth this homemade sweet-hot rub into the scored surface of the pork chops for a simple way to prepare this classic cut. Serve with rice.

How to Make It

Step 1

Lightly score a diamond pattern on both sides of pork. Combine sugar and next 6 ingredients (sugar through garlic); rub evenly over pork.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Run4Cupcakes's Review

November 29, 2009
Meh. It tasted fine but wasn't worth the effort of making up the rub. We've had better pork dishes from CL that we'll stick with instead.

MegLee's Review

May 30, 2009
LOVED THIS RECIPE. The flavors were outstanding. On the downside, I have discovered that I do not like pork, so I will be trying this spice rub on chicken. I also added about 1 t. of turmeric too, to the rub, for a little different kick!

ctom73's Review

January 11, 2014
this recipe was great! hubby and kiddos loved the pork chops and chicken coated with this rub. more importantly, the rub was very easy to make! i marinaded the meat for about 25 minutes. my only question is- how do i prevent freshly minced garlic and ginger (part of the rub) from burning and creating a "burnt" crust on meat?

fishies3's Review

November 18, 2009
Amazing. My pork chops were really thick so they took way longer to cook, but the taste of the rub was fantastic! I made coconut rice and peas and it all was great. I would have loved if they had a sauce recipe to go along with the rub recipe since the rice was a bit dry.

roseycheeks's Review

January 23, 2012

sifullerton's Review

August 15, 2010
With so many 5 stars I thought this must be a winner ... it went wrong for me on so many levels that I wouldn't even attempt to try it again :(

love2coooook's Review

November 13, 2009
This is ouuuutstanding! Absolutely love it and have made it at least 3 times per month since discovering it. The flavors are excellent and come together to quickly! Great weeknight meal served with steamed rice and a veggie. Also add a splash of soy sauce a squeeze a lime into the pan for extra flavor at the end as other reviewers have suggested.

iThrowLikeaGirl's Review

June 15, 2009
Absolutely fantastic. Made it with coconut rice as another reviewer suggested. I plan to try the rub with catfish later this week!

Bladebgii's Review

December 03, 2011

VanCanCook's Review

July 13, 2010
This recipe was so easy to make. i marinated the porks for 15 mins before cooking it. i allowed the porks to carmelized each side and it was so good! had it with rice and green beans.