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Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops present an irresistible combination of savory, sweet, and smoky flavors, all in one dish. Made with bone-in pork chops, seasoned and perfectly grilled, then coated in a rich brown sugar sauce, this recipe offers a mouthwatering twist to the classic pork chop. The use of a Traeger grill adds a distinctive wood-fired undertone that enhances the overall taste. Ideal for any occasion, from a simple family dinner to a more elaborate gathering, these pork chops promise a delicious dinner with their tender, flavorful meat and caramelized exterior.

Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops combine the natural succulence of pork chops with a sweet and savory sauce, creating an incredible blend of flavors. The sauce, featuring brown sugar, garlic, and a hint of apple cider vinegar, adds depth and richness to the chops, while the seasoned salt and black pepper bring out the meat’s natural flavors.

Grilling the chops on a Traeger infuses them with a subtle smokiness, but not enough to become overwhelming. Simple ingredients can be transformed into an extraordinary meal with the right techniques and flavors.

If you don’t have a pellet grill or smoker, you can make these right on the stovetop instead. Just sear on the stovetop in the cast iron pan, and use the same approximate times and temps as you would in the Traeger, just in the oven instead.

As with ALL of my recipes, cook to TEMP and not time. Times are just a very rough estimate, and ultimately good food is made by following the food, and not an arbitrary set of instructions.

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Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Savory Meets Sweet: The blend of brown sugar sauce with savory pork creates a perfectly balanced flavor profile.
  • Smoky Undertones: Cooking on a Traeger grill adds a unique smoky flavor that can’t be achieved with other cooking methods.
  • Versatile: Perfect for any meal, whether it’s a casual weeknight dinner or a special occasion.
  • Easy to Make: Despite its gourmet appeal, this dish is surprisingly easy to prepare.

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Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Brown Sugar Pork Chops shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Pork Chops (bone-in)
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Crushed Garlic
  • Heavy Cream
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Black Pepper
  • Chopped Green Onion

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Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops

How to make Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Preheat and Prepare:
    Start by preheating your Traeger grill to 375°F. Brush the pork chops with olive oil and season them with seasoned salt.
  • Grill the Chops:
    Place the chops directly onto the grill grates and cook for 5 minutes per side, achieving a nice sear.
  • Make the Sauce:
    While the chops are grilling, combine butter, brown sugar, garlic, heavy cream, apple cider vinegar, and black pepper in a saucepan. Simmer until the sugar dissolves.
  • Bake with Sauce:
    Transfer the grilled chops to a grill-safe skillet, pour the brown sugar sauce over them, and reduce the grill’s heat to 300°F. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 140-145°F.
  • Rest and Serve:
    Allow the chops to rest for 10 minutes before serving, ensuring they’re juicy and flavorful.

Try our Grilled Teriyaki Pork Chops, too!

Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Brown Sugar Pork Chops FAQ

How long can I store the leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I reheat the pork chops?

Yes, gently reheat them in the oven, air fryer, or on the stovetop to maintain their moisture. Don’t overcook!

Can I prepare this in advance? G

You can season the chops and prepare the sauce ahead of time, but for the best results, grill them just before serving.

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Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops
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Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops
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Traeger Brown Sugar Pork Chops

These sweet and savory pork chops are cooked in a skillet on the Traeger and are delicious! We can't get enough of these. Serve with some mashed potatoes or pasta!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Traeger Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork chops
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Nicole Johnson



  • Preheat the Traeger to 375°F.
  • Brush the chops with olive oil and season with the seasoned salt.
  • Place directly onto the grates of the preheated grill. Cook for 5 minutes per side.
  • While the chops are cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove and whisk in the sugar, garlic, cream, apple cider vinegar, and pepper.
  • Let simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Place the pork chops into a cast iron pan or another type of grill-safe skillet in a single layer.
  • Pour the brown sugar sauce over the top.
  • Reduce the heat in the grill to 300°F.
  • Cook the chops for 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 140-145°F.
  • Remove from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 366kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 33gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 330mgPotassium: 590mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 361IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Recipe Rating

Jason V.

Sunday 14th of April 2024

I made these and thought they were just delicious. Thank you for this!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 14th of April 2024

So glad you liked them! Thanks for sharing!