Take Along Pork Chops, a slow cooker recipe

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Ahhh, the crockpot and I, we are not the best of friends. We usually don't agree, and then one of us falls down on our responsibility. It might be me, letting things cook too long, or it might be the crockpot and things get too dry.

But this recipe turned out very well, and the flavor is delicious.

Take Along Pork Chops, a slow cooker meal
Take-Along Pork Chops
I made these for the Father's day potluck we attended at my sister"s house. They were well received with my sister's family as well as my own. This recipe can make a simple family meal, or add more chops to serve a crowd. 

You can also make the large batch, and freeze some for those nights where cooking is not possible, but you still need to eat a real dinner instead of a bowl of ice cream. Note: when cooking more chops, do not increase the liquid or seasonings.

Take-Along Pork Chops, a slow cooker recipe
adapted from: mels kitchen cafe

3 slices bacon, diced
6-12 loin pork chops, bone-in, 3/4 inch thick
salt and pepper
2 large onions, quartered and sliced
2-3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 T brown sugar
2 t thyme, crumbled
2 bay leaves
2 c chicken broth
2 T soy sauce

1 T lemon juice or cider vinegar
3 T cornstarch

Fry bacon until golden, remove and set aside, reserving fat. Remove excess fat from the pan, set aside to use if needed, leaving 1 T fat in the pan. Over medium-high heat, brown chops until golden, seasoning each side with salt and pepper. Turn, repeat. When brown, layer in the crockpot. Continue browning, and seasoning each chop until all have been browned, use additional fat as needed.

In the same pan, add the onions, garlic and addition fat if needed. Sprinkle with 1 T brown sugar and saute onions until fragrant and golden brown. Add remaining ingredients through soy sauce. Simmer, scraping up any brown bits. Pour over chops. Cover and cook on low 8 hours, or on high 4 hours.

Carefully remove chops, to a platter. Remove and discard bay leaves. Skim excess fat from pan juices. If you want a smooth sauce, drain the onions in a sieve, then puree in a food processor. Pour juices into a 2 qt saucepan, add the lemon juice, bring to a boil. Stir cornstarch into 1/4 c cold water, stir into the boiling pan juices and cook until thickened.

Ladle some gravy over the chops, sprinkle with reserved bacon and serve.

Serve additional gravy with the standard accompaniments, potatoes, rice or noodles.


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  1. Thanks for posting this recipe, they looked so good in yesterdays post I was wondering how you made them. We are big pork chop fans here.

  2. we are pork chop fans here as well, this looks real good,

  3. The story between you and your slow cooker brings a smile to me! :)
    Your pork chop looks delicious, I have never tried cooking anything like this in a slow cooker except for soups! Thanks for sharing, Melynda. Have a lovely Garden Tuesday tomorrow!

  4. Wow! Wow! Wow! Awesome and it's making my mouth water! Incredible

  5. I'm glad you are making peaces with your pork chops..hahaa. Great recipe and your son took a gorgeous photo!

  6. My crockpot and I aren't very close either. It's often a rocky relationship.

    But I can't resist bacon and the chops look great!

  7. Those pork chops look succulent and delicious.

  8. Those pork chops looks delish! Think I might make me some soon :)

  9. Your food always looks sooo good and these pork chops are no exception. I can't wait to give them a try. My family is going to love these. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Have a great week, Candace

  10. YUM!! We love pork chops but I can't remember if I've ever fixed them in the crock-pot. I think I'll have to give these a try--bet we love them!! Thanks for sharing. Take care.

  11. I think I book marked this recipe on Mel's site. Glad to hear a second opinion! Now I will try them. I too have mixed crock-pot feelings. Done right a good crock pot meal is a life saver. Bad crock pot is well bad! Thanks, and have a great day.

  12. Melynda- Those pork chops sound a look delicious. Your son did a good job taking the picture :) Have a wonderful weekend!


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