Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Smothered Pork Chops

I found this Smothered Pork Chops crockpot recipe at the blog 365 Days of Slow Cooking, and I also have it in her cookbook, which is a great crockpot cookbook.  This probably received the highest score of any crockpot recipes we've ever had, besides taco meat, so I was super happy.  Owen gave it an 8, Aaron and I gave it a 9, and Noah gave it a perfect 10.  He's been really happy with the meals we've had recently :).  The calories for 1 serving are 207, and we had this with corn and baked potatoes.  Yum!

4 slices crispy bacon, crumbled
1 onion, diced
1 T water
1/2 t brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t dried thyme
1/4 c flour
1/2 c chicken broth
2 T 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 (I didn't use bone-in, and I didn't dredge them in flour)
1 1/2 t cider vinegar
1 T dried parsley flakes (I didn't use this)

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.

Since I didn't dredge them in flour, and they were not bone in, we had more pork chunks rather than pork chops.  So rich and delicious, I will definitely be making this again!


  1. I have some pork chops so I will try this. Sure love you. mom

  2. We tried it with some old steaks that we had in the freezer. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. However, that could be completely because the steaks were old. I did have a question, though. Did you brown the pork chops before you put them in the crockpot, since you didn't dredge them in flour first?

    1. I didn't brown them first either, I just threw them in the crockpot, and after they were covered with stuff I remembered I was supposed to brown them, sigh...I added a little tapioca to thicken the sauce since I didn't use the flour.

    2. I just mixed the flour with the chicken broth and dumped it into the crockpot, but I did brown the steak first. I think it was just because the steak was old that it didn't taste as good as I think it should have. Oh well. I will try again another time. Thanks for the yummy ideas.

    3. I mixed the flour with the chicken broth as well, the 1/4 c the recipe calls for, but I added some tapioca right to the pot just to make it thicker.

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