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Mistakenly Zesty Pork Chops Recipe
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Mistakenly Zesty Pork Chops
Baked pork chops in a zippy, accidentally delicious sauce. See more
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Mistakenly Zesty Pork Chops

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"Yes, the title says it all! This recipe was created by mistake. While using another recipe as a guide, I made the mistake of using cocktail sauce instead of chili sauce. Well, this was the best darn mistake I have ever made. These pork chops had the most wonderful zip to them! Mistakes like this should happen more often!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, honey, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and cool.
  2. Place the pork chops in a large, resealable plastic bag. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the bag, seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Drain the pork chops, and discard remaining marinade. Arrange the pork chops in a baking dish, cover, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
  5. In a bowl, blend the ketchup, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, water, and mustard. Pour over the pork chops, and continue baking 30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 08, 2009

I decided to try this recipe at the last minute and didn't have 3+ hours to marinade. After cooking the marinade I placed the pork chops in a baking dish and completely soaked them with the soy mixture then baked them 45 minutes in the soy mixture bath. For the last 15 minutes I put the pork chops on a rack and baked with the ketchup/cocktail sauce. The chops melted in our mouths and were delicious!! My family thought the cocktail sauce wasn't the best complement to the pork - so I might try it with the original chili sauce next time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 15, 2004

Yes, this was a mistake, but not one made for the good. My advise is... follow the orginal recipe.

Oct 07, 2009

I made this exactly as written and it was wonderful! I tried it again in my slow cooker and even though it came out juicer it was still very good, though not as good as when cooked as per directions. To make in the slow cooker I used frozen pork chops so I also didn't get to marinade them, either which detracted from the full flavor experience. Hubby really liked it too. This is a keeper.

Feb 09, 2009

Easy to make, tastes great, family favorite. Be sure to bake in shallow pan so chops will get crisp on outside.

Feb 03, 2008

I enjoyed the recipe as is, and for my taste I think that using sweet chili sauce instead of cocktail sauce would make this way too sweet! I will probably decrease the brown sugar next time, but that's just me.

Mar 31, 2011

My family loved them but I thought they were too sweet. I'll probablyl make it again though just cuz my family loved it so much. I did like the sauce on rice - I think eatcing the dish with rice helped thin out the sweetness a little....anyway - I'm just giving it 4 stars cuz my family loved it.

Mar 01, 2005

Wow...this was really delicious!!! It was so full of flavour, the right amount of spicy and sweet! BUT I used the 'original' recipe, I love chili and don't really care for cocktail sauce, so I didn't replace it.

Oct 11, 2012

The salt content is a worrisome factor.


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  • Calories
  • 405 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 72 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 5.5 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 20 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 4735 mg
  • 189%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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