Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

by KetoFocus.com

A no fail way to get juicy, flavorful pork chops

These juicy bacon wrapped pork chops are a perfect weeknight meal. Wrapping the pork chops in bacon adds extra moisture and the seasoning brings a delicious sweet and spicy kick.

When it comes to cooking pork chops in the oven, it can be easy to over cook them if you aren’t careful. That’s why I usually cook pork chops in the air fryer since it helps to lock in the moisture while crisping the outside. However if the oven is your preferred method of cooking, make this bacon wrapped pork chops recipe instead. Hmmm – Bacon!

A fork going through a slice of cooked pork chops wrapped in bacon. Juices come out of the pork chop.

Wrapping the pork chops in bacon is that it helps to keep them juicy and tender during cooking. The bacon acts as a natural barrier, protecting the meat from direct heat and retaining moisture – which is especially important when cooking boneless pork chops, which can easily dry out if overcooked.

The combination of smoky bacon and flavorful seasoning makes these pork chops a crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone satisfied. Each pork chop is dusted with a sweet & spicy seasoning containing chili powder, brown sugar free sweetener, paprika, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Roasting pork chops with this seasoning creates well-balanced flavor that complements the smoky bacon perfectly.

Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a dish to impress guests, these pork chops are a great option that won’t disappoint.

How to cook bacon wrapped pork chops

The make the juiciest pork chops:

  1. Wrap each boneless pork chops with bacon.
  2. Rub a seasoning mixture of chili powder, brown sugar free sweetener, salt, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder – all over each pork chop.
  3. Bake the bacon wrapped chops at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
  4. To get the bacon crispy, broil them on high for 2-4 minutes until they reach 145 degrees F. Let the pork chops rest before serving.
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Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 8 slices thin cut bacon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar free sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops Directions

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Boneless vs bone-in pork chops

Both bone-in and boneless pork chops are cut from the loin section of the pig. Bone-in pork chops leave the bone running along the side of the chop while boneless, removes the bone – obviously!

Bone-in pork chops are typically thicker and juicier than boneless pork chops because the bone helps to retain moisture and flavor during cooking. However, they can more challenging to cook evenly because the thickness of the bone can vary which can increase or decrease the cooking time.

Boneless pork chops cook faster, are easier to cut and serve. They are the ideal option for recipe where the pork needs to be thin, stuffed or wrapped in bacon.

How long to cook bacon wrapped pork chops in oven

The cooking time for pork chops will vary depending on the thickness of the pork chop and whether it is bone-in or boneless.

The recommended internal temperature for fully cooked pork chops is 145°F, according to the USDA. To ensure that the pork chops are cooked to the correct temperature, it is best to use a meat thermometer. Always insert the thermometer into the middle of the thickest part of the pork chop.

In this pork recipe, we remove the pork chops from the oven when they have reached 140°F. For one-inch pork chops this takes between 15-18 minutes. The pork will continue to cook when it’s under the broiler.  Once the internal temperature reaches 145°F, they should be removes quickly to prevent overcooking and dry, chalky meat.

Baked pork chops wrapped in bacon on a platter.

Storage information & meal prep instructions

Meal prep

You can prepare this pork chop in advance and refrigerate them before cooking. Wrap the raw, seasoned bacon wrapped pork chops tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before cooking.

When you are ready to cook the pork chops, remove them from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes to take the chill off before placing them in the oven. Allowing them to come to room temperature will allow for even cooking.

Refrigerator storage

Cooked pork chops can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. To properly store them, allow the cooked pork chops to cool to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container or plastic bag and storing in the refrigerator.

To reheat, it’s best to do so in the oven or on the stovetop rather than the microwave in order to retain the texture and flavor of the meat.

Freezer storage

These seasoned pork chops can be frozen before cooking. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Place in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. 

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops: FAQS

Do I need to use a wire rack for baking the pork chops, or can I place them directly on the baking tray?

Using a wire rack on top of a baking tray is recommended when baking bacon-wrapped pork chops because it allows the heat to circulate evenly around the pork chip. Not only does it allow for even cooking but it keeps the bacon crispy on all sides. If you don't have a wire wrack, you can place the pork chops directly on the baking sheet; however, you may need to increase the cooking time slightly.

Can I use thick cut bacon?

If thick cut bacon is all your have, you can use it; however, thick cut bacon can be difficult to wrap tightly around a pork chop. Plus the stronger bacon flavor may overwhelm the pork chop.

Are there any tips for preventing the bacon from curling while baking?

Make sure both ends of the bacon strip are wrapped around and tucked under the pork chop. The weight of the boneless pork chop should hold down the ends and keep the bacon from curling as it bakes.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 225
Fat 11g
Protein 29.5g
Total Carbs 2.1g
Net Carbs 0.8g

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