Tender and juicy, these well-seasoned bacon wrapped pork chops are such an easy weeknight dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes.
I find it so funny that bacon is allowed under so many diets -- keto, Atkins, gluten-free, protein-packed, low carb, Paleo, you name it. Although I'm no expert because I'm not a diet person, I do applaud these diets for keeping some joy in food. Life is not worth living without bacon, right?
I love me some well-seasoned pork chops -- and these pork chops are made so much better by taking 3 extra minutes to wrap in bacon. It's such an easy way to mix up your routine and add the joy of bacon to your dinner plate.
Get your mind out of the gutter! Size matters with both your pork chop AND your bacon. You want thick-cut boneless pork chops for this recipe OR use thinner pork chops and be prepared to reduce the cook time or else you will have a very over-cooked pork chop.
Size also matters with your bacon. I much prefer thick-cut maple bacon. Not only does the maple bacon add a touch of sweetness to the pork chops but they are much easier to wrap around your pork chop without tearing. Plus, thick-cut bacon makes you feel like you're eating these in a fancy restaurant. No good restaurant serves thin bacon -- come on! That's diner food. 🙂
The Seasoning for Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
Bacon is so salty as it is, so I don't use any additional salt. The simple spice mixture uses only the ingredients below and is So delicious on the pork chops. The smoked paprika takes these bad boys to a new level:
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
- black pepper
- cayenne pepper (optional)
Hooray! No Need to Pre-Cook the Bacon.
Save the hassle. Because these pork chops are cooked low and slow, there's zero need to pre-cook the bacon. The bacon definitely gets cooked through and you can stick the pork chops under the broiler for the last minute to ensure the top of the bacon is nice and crispy. So easy!
Tips for Cooking
- Use thick-cut boneless pork chops for best results.
- Use thick-cut maple bacon for the added sweetness and a much easier time wrapping the pork chop with.
- Flip the pork chops halfway through. This ensures an even cooking of the bacon -- but it's not the end of the world if you forget. The bacon still cooks.
- Stick pork chops under the broiler for the last minute. This ensures the top of the bacon is crispy when you're serving -- and just creates a beautiful, perfectly browned pork chop.
What to Serve with Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chops
So many options! Try these Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon, Braised Kale with White Beans and Garlic, Creamy Butternut Squash, or this Peach Burrata Salad with Pecans and Balsamic Glaze.
Other Easy Pork Dinners
- Versatile Dutch Oven Pulled Pork -- the ultimate recipe that can be used SO many different ways. You won't regret making this pork...promise!
- BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos -- perfect for when you have leftover pulled pork and are looking to do something a little different!
- Healthy Ham and Potato Soup -- another healthy meal to use leftover ham!
- Perfectly Baked Pork Chops -- a classic pork chop recipe very similar to this one but using bone-in pork chops with a nice sear.
- Garlic Butter Pork Bites
Juicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
- 4 thick, boneless pork chops
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 8 strips thick-cut maple bacon
- Pat pork chops dry with a towel. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and cayenne (if using). Generously rub spice mixture over the top, bottom, and sides of each pork chop.
- Use two thick-cut pieces of maple bacon per pork chop. Starting with the end of the pork chop on the bottom of the pork chop, wrap each strip of bacon around. Try to have the loose ends snug to the bottom so the bacon stays on (although it's not the end of the world if the tip of the bacon ends up on top).
- Bake about for 25 minutes for a medium pork chop (30 minutes for a more well-done chop) turning halfway through. During the last minute, turn the pork chops back over and stick under the broiler just until the edges of the bacon start to crisp up. Let the pork chops rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!