Sugar ‘n’ Spice Pork

Sugar ‘n’ spice and all things nice. That’s what little girls are made of! baby2 It’s also what my dinner was made of. (And yes, that’s Baby Julie.)pork 010I couldn’t wait to make these smoky pan-grilled pork chops (with brown sugar!) ever since I saw the recipe in the latest issue of Cooking Light.

I’m not sure if it was a conscious effort on behalf of the Cooking Light team, but I loved how the first issue of 2011 seemed to have simpler recipes that call for more common ingredients and spices. Way to go!

For the most part I followed this recipe and it was so, so easy. We had dinner on the table in no time flat. pork 005I made the pork on the stove top with brown sugar and spices and couldn’t wait to dig in.pork 004We enjoyed our pork with roasted green beans and an apple on the side for a punch of fruity sweetness. It was a dinner winner!

Smoky Pan-Grilled Pork (Adapted from Cooking Light)


  • 1  tablespoon  cumin
  • 1  tablespoon  brown sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  paprika
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  (4-ounce) boneless center-cut pork chops
  • Cooking spray


1. Combine ground cumin, sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper. Rub evenly over pork.

2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done.


  1. Valerie C. says

    that is such a cute baby picture!!! The only way it could possibly be even cuter would be with a puppy sadie as a playmate 😉

    awww I miss the power puff girls 🙁 I don’t even think cartoon network shows it anymore. MOJOJOJO!!


  2. says

    I made these chops and green beans tonight for the family…they were gobbled up! Even my picky eatin’ kiddos enjoyed them!! There’s six of us, so we a little more than doubled the recipe. Such a yummy meal! Thanks!



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