365 Days of Slow Cooking: March Madness Day 26: Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

March Madness Day 26: Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

4 slices crispy bacon, crumbled
1 onion, diced
1 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 bay leaf
4 bone-in pork chops, dredged in flour, browned (about 1 minute on each side) and seasoned with salt and pepper
1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes

Place bacon in bottom of slow cooker.  Microwave the onion, water, brown sugar, garlic and thyme for about 3-4 minutes (stirring every minute) until onions are softened.  Stir the flour, broth and soy sauce into the onion mixture.  Pour into slow cooker and add in the bay leaf.  Nestle the pork chops into the sauce and cover and cook on LOW for 3-5 hours.  Transfer pork chops to serving platter and tent loosely with foil.  Remove fat from braising liquid with a large spoon.  Discard bay leaf and then stir in the vinegar and parsley flakes.  Spoon sauce over pork chops and serve.  Makes 4 servings.

This was probably the most successful slow cooker pork chop recipe that I have done to date.  The only problem I had with it was the amount of bones in it.  If you don't mind fishing out bones this is a great recipe.  The sauce was so nice and thick and flavored beautifully.  4 stars.


  1. We had this for dinner tonight and I agree with you, this was the best crock pot pork chop recipe I've ever tried (and I've tried several!) The sauce was so flavorful and delicious. Mine was "close" to falling off the bone, but not so much that I had to fish the bones out, it was perfect. This will be my new pork chop crock pot recipe. Thanks!

  2. question...the sauce didn't seem like it was very much. it wasn't enough to "nestle" the pork chops in. i'm making this right now and i just added more chicken broth so we'll see how it comes out. is 1/2 cup the amount you used? and how many lbs of pork chops? thanks.

  3. Yes, it is only 1/2 a cup. It won't be swimming in sauce. Just place the pork chops on top of what you have. Probably about 1 1/2 lbs of chops. Good luck!

  4. really loved the gravy..since i added more chicken broth i also added more soy sauce and a little more flour. had it all over noodles. definitely a keeper (although i overcooked the chops a little bit)

  5. This sounds good! We enjoyed the crockpot ribs so much, I'm going to try this next...

    Is "cider vinegar" the same as "apple cider vinegar"?

    And would it work with boneless "Pork Top Loin Chops"?

    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog and personalized help!!