Simple Oven-Baked Tenderloin Pork Chops

They’ve done it again; new pork labels were in the grocer’s meat case the other day.  This time, the chops I bought were called "Tenderloin Pork Chops."  Never heard that one before, but here it is, the same chop as always:

Same, just a new name

The pork chop has a T-shaped bone running through it, similar to the T-bones of beefsteaks.  The chop is loin meat, separated by a t-bone, from a bit of tenderloin meat. 

Bill and I are both pork chop fans and this recipe, from Zweber Farms, is one of the best recipes for delicious, moist oven-baked pork chops that I’ve made.  

The chops are coated with a spicy rub and baked in a moderate oven, with the bone itself retaining moisture as it cooks, keeping the meat from drying out. 

The chops were tender and juicy; great tasting bone-in pork chops!

Is “Tenderloin Pork Chop” a new label to you?

Simple Oven-Baked Tenderloin Pork Chops


4 bone-in pork chops
2½ tablespoons Kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
¼ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon sweet basil
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine seasonings in a small bowl and sprinkle chops on both sides.
Arrange them on a baking sheet.
Bake for 20-30 minutes flipping them half way.
When nearing the end of the baking time, use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.  A done chop is 145-150 degrees.



  1. Pam, Great looking pork chop and potatoes dinner! We've seen the tenderloin label on porkchops down here in East Tennessee as well. I don't pay too much attention to the labels because they do seem to like playing with the names. I just look for the familiar cuts whatever they're being called at the time. We're having pork chops tonight. My wife lightly breads them with chipolte panko crumbs or Italian bread crumbs and then bakes them with a little grapeseed oil in the pan. Keeps them nice and moist! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. Dear Pam, Pork is one of my favorites!! I really love pork and these chops look wonderful; especially with the mashed potatoes. This is real comfort in this Cold!! weather.
    Keep warm and cozy. xo Catherine

  3. Hi Pam , what can I say except open the door on my way with plate in hand . Those are delicious pork chops . Nee

  4. I really like those center cut chops and yours looks very good. What looks best to me is those mashed potatoes and butter.

  5. I don't eat a lot of meat, but when it come to pork chops, I'm all in. Your dishes always look so tasty. I can only hope that mine will turn out looking and tasting as good. Oh....and by the way, those potatoes look sooooo yummy

  6. Looks great and yeah, we have that here, too. All kinds of different names, and they vary from store to store. Oy.

  7. Yum! Never have seen pork chops labeled that way here, though.

  8. Perfectly cooked chops Pam. New names are driving me crazy. Why do they do that!

  9. We've had these before but I don't think
    they were labeled that way.

    M : )

  10. Hi Pam,
    Great post and recipe. It is so true the grocery stores change everything around and re-label all of the meats, fish, etc. Seems just as you get used to the names they change everything...But I love your pork chops..they look fabulous and the rub really must make them yummy! I really like the mashed potatoes along side of the Pork Chop. Thanks for sharing...Hope you have an awesome rest of the week.
    Dottie :)

  11. Hi Pam:)
    Don't even get me started on the pork industry these days. It is next to impossible to find any kind of pork that is not labeled Smithfield in my neck of the woods. It is all packaged with an assortment of ingredients before I can even season it myself. Oh I know, go to the butcher everyone says. Well, it seems the one and only butcher close enough is having a difficult time getting pork too. I'm ready to pull my hair out, seriously...

    Your pork chops look absolutely delectable. I'm sure they taste delicious. Whenever possible I like to buy all meat, bone in!! I may just start buying pork and perhaps other meat online!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Pam...

  12. What a brilliant idea to bake your pork loin chops which is what they are called here and if you are not careful they are not always so tender. Great seasonings and I will try baking them as these look so good.

  13. Whatever they call the chops, this sounds absolutely delicious!

  14. Agree Pam, I've never seen that label before. Now will watch for it in the market, just to see. My mother would be totally confused in a grocery story were she still with us. I remember her asking me why there were so many kinds of butter! Can you imagine what she'd say now?
    Love the way you've done your chops. Lovely and moist. I like mine with homemade applesauce!

  15. I think I have seen that label somewhere but it certainly would not be in France! This sounds delicious. Hope all is well, take care Diane

  16. Yeah, those grocery store butchers like to get creative with their labels, don't they? Confusing sometime. Anyway, good dish! Thanks.

  17. yummmmm.. I just happen to have a port tenderloin in the oven. Now I am real hungry. They look delish!
    Have a wonderful weekend Pam.

  18. Simple and delicious! I love baked pork chops.Your potatoes look awesome,too!

  19. I have some chops in the freezer and it's just too darn cold to grill! Will try this recipe next week. Thanks, Pam!

  20. Haha it's so funny that the grocery store is trying to make the names more trendy when it's really the same cut of meat. Oh the times we live in!

  21. yum! tenderloin pork chops is a new one, for sure! though i've found that plain ol' pork tenderloin is more to our liking, pork chops are an occasional treat. great recipe!

  22. These chops looks delicious. I have some chops I am going to use for this recipe. Thanks for sharing.


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