Herb Crusted Honey Bourbon Pear Pork Chops

Honey bourbon pear pork chops are the perfect fall comfort food.We are obsessed with these HERB CRUSTED HONEY BOURBON PEAR PORK CHOPS! They are rubbed with fragrant herbs and are the perfect mix of savory and sweet. The best pork chops recipe for fall!

cast iron skillet of HONEY BOURBON PEAR PORK CHOPS

This HERB CRUSTED HONEY BOURBON PEAR PORK CHOPS recipe is such a gorgeous dish first and foremost, but it also packs a huge flavor punch. It’s festive, beautiful, and tastes like Fall in a skillet. Making a dish like this around the holidays will wow your guests, warm your bellies, and make your hearts happy.

I love the way the herbs and pears combine to make things both sweet and salty, and the boubon adds just the right touch of something special. This is one of our very favorite recipes for this time of year!

Making Honey Bourbon Pear Pork Chops

close up photo of HONEY BOURBON PEAR PORK CHOPS in a cast iron skillet


Ever since the success of the Apple Butter Pork Chops recipe from a few years ago, I knew I wanted to try my hand at more pork recipes for Fall. Apple was great, but pear is elevated. This dish is more complex in flavor, but still super easy and sure to please. There’s just something about pork and fruit that just works. If you tried and loved the Apple Butter Pork Chop Skillet, you’ll definitely love this Honey Bourbon Pear Pork Chop Version!

plate of HONEY BOURBON PEAR PORK CHOPS garnished with a sprig of rosemary

HONEY BOURBON PEAR PORK CHOPS sitting in an iron skillet

If this meal doesn’t scream sweater weather, I really don’t know what does. The red and green is more than perfect for the holidays. I think this might just make an amazing Christmas Eve meal! We chose bone in pork chops because of the extra flavor, but feel free to use boneless if you prefer. Get a good cut of meat either way…it’s worth the extra cost 100%.

Serve this skillet pork chops recipe with Toni’s sour cream and garlic mashed potatoes or Rebecca’s melting sweet potatoes. A side of bourbon bacon green beans or bacon peacan Brussels sprouts would be perfect with the pork chops, too.

HONEY BOURBON PEAR PORK CHOPS on a green dinner plate

I hope the remainder of Fall is super flavorful at your house. I hope it involves this creative and delicious recipe. You won’t be disappointed.


Honey Bourbon Pear Pork Chops Recipe:

Serves 2

Herb Crusted Honey Bourbon Pear Pork Chops

We are obsessed with these HERB CRUSTED HONEY BOURBON PEAR PORK CHOPS! They are herb crusted and the perfect mix of savory and sweet. The best kind of Fall comfort food!

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time


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  • 2 (1-inch) pork loin chops, bone-in
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced thyme
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 firm pears, pitted & halved, stems left on
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup honey or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • juice from lemon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Pat the pork chops dry and sprinkle with granulated sugar and salt. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Brush 1 teaspoon olive oil over both sides of the pork chops and sprinkle with black pepper, rosemary and thyme. Rub the herbs into each side of each pork chop.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet (cast iron is best) until the oil/butter shimmers and a small piece of food sizzles when it hits the pan. Do NOT heat until you see wisps of smoke rising from the pan. (If you do, remove the pan from the heat to allow it to cool a bit.) Place the prepared pork chops across from each other, in the pan. Place the prepared pears, flesh side down, in-between the pork chops. Cook 5 minutes or until the pork chops have seared, and are golden brown, on the bottom side. Flip the pork chops over and cook another 5 minutes or until the other side is golden brown.
  4. Check the pears to make sure they aren’t burning – their color should be the color of dark honey. If they are overcooking, transfer them to a plate. Test the temperature of the pork chops with a meat thermometer. When the thickest part of the pork chops register 130°F, transfer the pork chops and pears to a plate.
  5. Turn heat to low and add the orange juice, honey, lemon juice and bourbon to the pan juices. Whisk together and add 1-tablespoon butter. Whisk together until butter melts. Place the pork chops and pears back into the pan to cook until heated through. Serve with rice or roasted potatoes.
  6. Enjoy!
1037 cal
23 g
139 g
5 g

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Had this for dinner last night and it was fantastic!! Just a question about the lemon juice as it is not listed in the directions? I did not use it and the flavor was still amazing...
    Becky Hardin
    YAY! So glad you loved it! Makes me so happy. I'm o sorry about leaving out the lemon step, I've updated the recipe. Thanks for letting me know. Its definitely an optional step though. I don't think its necessary at all. Happy holidays!
QuestOn, why is lemon juice listed in the ingredients but not in the preparation?
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