Blackened Pork Chops (and those special nudges)

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This recipe works just as well for chicken as it does pork, but blackened chicken will take a back seat when you pat this spicy rub on a juicy, thick cut, boneless pork chop.

Blackened Pork Chops with Garlic Mozzarella Mashed Potatoes. Both recipes are available today!

Looking for a quick and delicious supper idea? This plate right here will give them something to come home to, starring blackened pork chops!

I’ve been messing around with a blackened chicken recipe for a while to put in my new cookbook (due out next year), and when I finally came up with one that I liked, I emailed it to my friend Jyl to get her opinion. I mean, just about everything tastes good to me so I like to get a second opinion before I go broadcasting things about, which usually means Mama or Jyl. Jyl called me right after supper telling me how much they loved the blackened chicken – and then the next night she called to say that while the chicken was good, the pork chops were even better!

So my blackened chicken recipe got moved to the pork chapter and today I’m bringing you blackened pork chops instead of blackened chicken.

Life is much more fun if we adapt.

Before we get to the recipe though, I wanted to talk a little bit about an experience I had recently with nudges. :)

We all get them from time to time and I’m sure I’m not the only one who stands in awe of what happens when we follow them – those little nudges in our hearts to act, to do something. Say a kind word, approach someone with a hug, or simply open our eyes and take notice.
A month or so ago my youngest, Katy Rose, decided she wanted to go into the church service with us instead of her usual Sunday school. My husband started with our usual “But Katy Rose, you’ll miss your friends!” but I felt a sense of let it be and shook my head discreetly at my husband. “It’s fine, let her come with us.” My son went on to his class because it is ultimately cool since they let them read the bible on their ipods (amazing how the tiniest concessions can get kids fired up about the things you want them fired up about) and the three of us remaining headed into “big church”.

We have a great church and an amazing music staff. As we sing, the air just feels charged with joy and hope and a spirit of wecandothisness (New word, my gift to you, no charge ~winks~). I was holding Katy Rose’s hand as we lightly swung our arms to the music. She turned to face me and I smiled down at her and took her other hand, both of us singing and grinning into each other’s eyes as we swung our arms back and forth to the beat.

I felt a nudge. Get down there with her.

Katy was looking up at me with such love in her eyes, the same look I gave my mother at her age. That look that says “You are who I am watching. You are who I want to be” and I got down on my knees so that we were the same height, still holding her hands as we sang and swung our arms facing one another.
Katy’s smile was so big it just about filled up her face and I couldn’t help but match it as I knelt in front of my little girl. Once the song was over I stood again and we turned our attention back to the service as we took our seats. I didn’t think too much more about it until last week when Katy came and got into bed with me early in the morning and put her arms around me.

“Mama, you remember that time when you got down on your knees so we were the same height and we held hands and sang together in church?”
“Sure do” I said.

“Mama, that made me so happy my heart cried.” She sniffed and I looked down to see tears pooling in her little seven year old eyes as she smiled up at me “and every time I think of it my heart just gets that happy all over again.”

I pulled her close and held her. “I know just how you feel Katy. So many times you and Brady make my heart feel that exact same way.”

“I’ll always remember that Mama.”

“I will too, Katy Rose.”

Her revelation took me by surprise. To me it had just been a little gesture, to her it was a whole lot more. It was a moment that she caught in her heart, like a photograph of a loved one we always keep close. We never know when moments like this will happen, but seeing how much it meant to my baby, I’m so grateful for the nudge that day.
You never know when something you do might end up being that moment for someone else. Pay attention to the nudges.

Have you ever followed a nudge and been grateful you did?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below

Now lets cook supper :)

You’ll need: Salt, Pepper, Butter, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Cumin, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and some pork chops, thick cut is preferable. This recipe will make enough coating for four pork chops but I’m just using three because that’s plenty for us.

***This is going to go fast to get a skillet and pour about 1/4 inch of oil into it and place it over medium heat to warm up really good. You want this ready as soon as your pork chops are coated so it is important to get your oil heating first.***

I like to use two pie plates for this. In the first one, I place all of my seasonings.

and mix ‘em up really good.

In the second one, I place my melted butter.

Now dip each pork chops, both sides, into the butter.

Then into the seasoning mixture.

and finally place in hot oil.

Cook on each side until dark and crusty, anywhere from 3-5 minutes. Then remove to paper towel lined plate.

Be sure to serve piping hot for best flavor.

I’m serving mine with garlic mozzarella mashed potatoes and some spinach drizzled with rasberry vinaigrette.

Want the recipe for those Garlic Mozzarella Mashed Potatoes?

I just posted it so click here!

For the salad, I just used store bought Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing on fresh spinach leaves.

Isn’t it just bizarre that Raspberry has a “p” in it?

Blackened Pork Chops

Blackened Pork Chops


  • 4 -3/4 to 1” thick, boneless pork chops (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil


  1. In a large skillet, add vegetable oil to a depth of 1/4 inch and place over medium heat while you prepare the chops.
  2. In a pie plate or shallow bowl, combine all seasonings.
  3. In a separate pie plate or shallow bowl, pour melted butter. Dredge each pork chops in butter on both sides, then press each side into seasoning mixture before placing in hot oil.
  4. Repeat with remaining chops. Cook in oil until each side is dark and crusty, about 3-4 minutes, then turn and repeat with opposite side and continue cooking until pork is no longer pink in the center, another 4-5minutes.
  5. Remove cooked pork chops and allow to drain on paper towel lined plate. Serve hot.
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Be sure and check out the debut of Southern Plate Suppers in the new August/September issue of Taste of the South Magazine for a column on some of my favorite family activities this time of year as well as a complete supper menu with never before published recipes that will help simplify meal time and keep ‘em running to the table!

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    • says

      Tricia! thank you so much for seeing right through to my heart here! Sometimes I post things and I wonder “will people get what I’m trying to say?” and you just made me feel so “gotten”! lol I’m so grateful for you today!

  1. melanie says

    2007 I was planning on a trip back to WV for labor day weekend because I wanted to go to our family reunion. But one evening in May I just felt like I had to go home sooner so I told my bf that I was going to go home the next month and he said ok so I go online and start looking at tickets and I felt this urgency to go then not the next month so I booked my flight for the next week and took a whole week off for the trip. While I was home in WV. My mom and I went everywhere like we use to before I moved away. One day we went shopping at a dozen or more places. The night before I was to fly back home to phoenix mom, my sister and my self we ended up staying up all night talking and laughing. The next week on the 4th of July God called my mom home. If I had not paid attention to that urgency I would not have gotten to have that last week with my mom.
    Christy, I don’t know if that is what you were talking about or not.

  2. Nikki Elmore says

    Oh Christy! I have a new baby boy.. my firstborn.. and I’m a crying wreck these days. Your post just sent me over the edge right here at work!! Thanks for sharing your special moment. I pray every day that the Lord will help me see things through the my baby boys’ eyes.

  3. Mama Jane says

    It’s amazing what can happen when we follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit, isn’t it. I’ve done cried my eyeliner off over this one. i can just picture you and your baby singing away. I bet that made God so happy His heart cried too.

  4. Raquel says

    I am sure there have been some nudges but I honestly just can’t recall one off the top of my head. I know my husband was given one.

    He had to meet his mom and dad one afternoon to pick up our kids at the eye doctor office and he stay and keep his dad company (he had MS and had a really hard time getting around on his own) while his mom was in the eye doctor. His dad passed away 2 days laters. My husband told me that they talked about stuff like that in years and it will be one day that he will never forget.

  5. Lisa P says

    What a sweet sweet story. Brought tears to my eyes. If only we would see those moments when they are thinking “you are who I am watching. You are who I want to be.” and act on them. Thanks for the uplifting moment today!

  6. Beverly says

    Christy, thank you for sharing your precious story. You have no idea how much I needed to hear that today :) God used your story to bless so many people. As the mom of two grown children, I can testify that the time passes all too quickly! Enjoy every minute and listen to those little “nudges” the Holy Spirit sends your way. May God continue to bless you with many, many more of those moments.

  7. auntiepatch says

    OK, your story, and the others that followed, have made me a blubbering mess this morning! The last time I saw my mom she was sitting in the dining room of the adult care facility. I pushed her chair in, make sure she had everything she needed, and kissed her goodby. As I was leaving she smiled at me and waved. I immediately went back to her, kneeled on the floor, gave her a big hug and told her I loved her. She was gone a few days later. I’m so glad that I went back for that final goodby!

  8. Linda Watters says


    Thank you so much for your touching story about you and Katy Rose in church an getting on your knees at her level. That touched my heart so much and brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much for your recipe for the blackened pork chops. I never thought I would like them, although the spices sound good except for the Cayenne pepper. I am not into hot things and I decided I would even cut the black pepper in half. I was wondering if they dark crust taste burned?

  9. Mary Crabtree says

    Christy, sharing your recipes is awfully nice, but sharing your heart is the BEST!! I have had many of those Holy Spirit nudges (not surprising, really, since He was sent to live INSIDE us). Anytime we set aside our own needs and truly connect with another human being in a way that lets them know that they are valuable just as they are, God shows us His plan for relationships. We should ALL follow the nudges more often!
    Have a great week, everyone!

  10. Tamela in central Florida says

    Well my goodness Christy, you had to have taken creative writing when you were in college. Your wording emotes such deep feelings that I’d swear you were an author of some sort!

  11. Cassie Wilkins says

    Wonderful of you to share those special moments with us readers. I have had so many of these through the years that I have just a slight tendency sometimes to forget to say a little bitty prayer of ‘thanks’ when they happen. Then I say two little thank you prayers to make up for my lack, lol.
    Your blackend pork chops made me remember my first mom-in-law, whom I will always remember fondly as she had and always will have a special place in my heart and soul. We would be together for a ‘family’ dinner and something always got a little ‘extra brown’ while cooking. She was teased about the burnt dinner rolls one year back in the early 70′s; and she turned around and put one hand on her hip and the other shaking a finger and saying “now you hear me, those are NOT black, they are just DARK brown and I will NOT hear another word of it!” We were all soooo shocked into stunned silence for about all of 2 minutes then I looked at one of my sis-in-laws, then at her and she had an ornery twinkle in her eye that no one else saw and she made me snort and I burst into giggles and couldn’t stop laughing and all the guys were trying to shut me up in case she had another ‘burst’! She a shore skeered them fellers at our table, heeeheee. She and I would laugh over this many times when we got together and I would say, “are them thar rolls DARK brown enough yet?” and wink. Those men in our lives never did ‘get it’. lol It still makes me chuckle.

  12. Melodie says

    Christy, thank you for sharing from your heart. It made me tear up in a happy way. I felt what you were describing and made me want to run home & grab my little girl and let her know how precious she is to me. I have found myself lately, missing my childhood and my grandparents alot. I can sit on my Mother’s front porch in the rocking chair and see pictures in my mind of me running through the yard and picnics under the oak tree. I want to make sure that my children have those same precious memories to reflect back on. I want them to know how much they are loved and to cherish family moments like what you described. We just lost our last grandparent this past week and I am so thankful that she felt those nudges too and let us know how much she loved us too….Now that she is gone, I still can look back on those “nudges” and remember the special love from Grandma’s heart.

  13. angela phillips says

    Christy I thought the corn bread salad recipe was wonderful I cook dinner for my church on Wednesday nights and every one loved it I mixed the spicy ranch with two cups of Mayo but I thought it would have been better if the dressing had been a little bit thinner do you have any suggestions

  14. Jill M. says

    My sweet baby girl started kindergarten last week, and boy did this hit home. I cried so that I could hardly finish reading the story. God has blessed me with two of the most precious little ones and I pray daily that He will be ever present in there lives. We as parents are not only responsible for filling their hungry bellies, but for showing them, through ourselves, God’s amazing love. Christy, thank you for sharing your stories. I read every one!

  15. mkkiki says

    That was the sweetest thing you told of church and your daughter. it brought tears to my eyes as my daughter also did a simular thing once and i still recall it so vivid each and every time her face comes into my thoughts. Nothing well ever errase that image christy so cherrish it for all your worth as God give you this special child as each and everyone of them are. Thanks for the memories it brought to me.

  16. Susan says

    Christy that story about you and your daughter, is the the most beautiful thing I have heard in some time. I too had to re-apply my makeup :). God is such a good God. I dont know how some people get through life without him some even seem repulsed by him, but for me and my house we will serve the Lord ! I’ll have to pick up some chops at the store tomorrow and give them a try.

  17. Rita Holland says

    Thanks for sharing the story of your daughter’s sweet and tender heart. It made me tear up. It’s wonderful to hear stories about children who love and appreciate their parents so much.

  18. Jamie Wyatt says

    Christy: I call the blessings from acting on God nudges “kisses from the Lord.” Your daughter will remember that special “big church” time with you for many years. I am praying that the Joy of the Lord will always guide Katy Rose’s heart!

  19. Gale Hill says

    Oh Christy! What a beautiful story about you & Katie Rose singing in church together. Such precious memories for both of you! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful moment with your daughter. May God continue to bless you & your family!

  20. Cheryl Bone says

    Christy, the reason we all love you is that you always share your heart. So many in this world never let anyone see inside. I sometimes feel I share too much but every time I do, someone tells me that was just for them. This was for a whole lot of people who will hug their kids and parents extra tight next time they see them.

  21. Angie H in Dallas, Tx says

    A few weeks ago, my little one, Danny (6), came into my bedroom with my Bible in his hands. I said what are you doing Danny? He sat down on my bed, said can you be quiet for a while? I’m going to read your Bible. I need you to be quiet so that I can do that, cause when I read the Bible, I’m talking to God about stuff. I said Ok honey, and left the room. I went into the living room, sat down & cried happy tears.
    It just amazes me, the things that Danny & Maylin (8) tell me about God & Jesus. They love the Lord with all their heart and I frequently hear them tell their friends about how they should love the Lord too.
    I’ve been convinced for a long time, that we should all slow down & listen to our children. They have wonderful things to tell us, and we have much to learn from them.

  22. dragongirl says

    Wow what a wonderful story. Like many others I could ‘feel’ myself there with you the night Katy Rose came to thank you and I had to go have a good cry after reading it!
    As a suggestion – make just a small written note about your ‘nudges’ or other great experiences and fold them up real small. Then start putting them in a large jar. Later in life when you want a great conversation starter with your children, husband or whomever in family, you can reach into your “Memories Jar” and relive that time with them. Works great too for when you just need a little lift during a hard day or your older and are forgetting those wonderful times.
    I’m an ‘older’ and I thank goodness I started my jar when my daughter was 9. I put as many memories I could think of about her earlier years and added as she grew. We now have had many great talks, extra hugs, etc because of it.

  23. JT says

    Oh my goodness, Christy! Bless your darlin’ southern heart, I cooked this today using chicken tenders, it was wonderful. I served it with butter peas and mashed sweet potatoes seasoned with minced chipotle peppers (Alton Brown recipe). Best lunch I have had in a long time.

    Thank you so much for all your recipes and words of encouragement.

  24. Janel says

    Chfristy, the Blackened Pork Chops are Deeelicious! I fixed them for our Labor Day Lunch along with the Mozzarella Garlic Potatoes and the meal was a hit. Afterward I asked my husband if the recipes were keepers and he said “Absolutely!” So they have been filed in my recipe file, waiting to be used another time. Thanks again for sharing!

  25. Ginger says

    Hi Cristy! I love watching you on Beat The Chefs and I am lioving your website!
    About this recipe for Blackend Pork CHops, dont they need to cook longer. I like my pork like I like my beef,,,Done.

  26. says

    Christy, that’s such a sweet story, almost too intimate to share. It brought tears to my eyes. I will keep it in mind when I finally have kids! And the pork chops look great :D With my luck, I would char them in the process of trying to get them cooked on the inside. Maybe I will try with thin pork chops.

  27. Robin Cannady says

    My nudge story – One day I was walking through the Walmart parking lot and saw an older lady unloading her groceries from her buggy. Something told me “Offer to take her buggy for her.” Such a little thing but I felt it so strongly, I couldn’t just ignore it. When I did offer she smiled so brightly and said “I was praying to the Lord that someone would do that for me!” I felt so blessed that I had listened to that voice. Coincidence, no way. It’s amazing how the Lord will use us to answer someone’s prayers if we only listen

  28. Lee Cooper says

    Not so much the nudge – but the event and that wonderful feeling it creates. I call them ‘sparklies’ – and I have a whole bunch of them “stored” in a box by my computer. All my online friends know just where they are – and anyone who needs one just pops by and pulls one out – or puts one in via a photograph or especially a post like this one.

    Thanks for the new sparklie for my heart (it’s going right in the box so I can pull it out later and admire it all over again!).

  29. says

    And to think I was just looking for a pork chop recipe, and I got so much more! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. It touched my heart, and brought tears to my eyes. (((Hug)))

    The pork chops were a big hit tonight! Very tasty! Served them with butter stewed potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and salad. Yummy!

  30. Susan says

    I love the stories about your Katy Rose. That girl has the sweetest heart and the most gentle, loving spirit. The stories you share about her always make me smile and/or tear up and they make my heart happy for you.


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