Saucy Slow Cooker Pork Chops
March 19, 2018
No matter the time of year, damp, windy days call for comfort foods like our saucy slow cooker pork chops.
Pork is a great source of nutrients important to health--thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus, protein, zinc and potassium. And while some cuts of pork chops can be high in fat, a lean chop, such as sirloin, or top loin, is the basis for a healthy meal.
All it takes is a quick browning of the pork chops in the skillet and a few minutes to sauté the onions and garlic; then place in the slow cooker with the other ingredients and you are good to go.
Preparation time: About 30 minutes
Cooking time: 4 to 8 hours
Total time: 4 ½ to 8 ½ hours
- 6 bone-in top sirloin or sirloin pork chops (about 7 ounces total weight with each yielding about 3 ounces of meat)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon lite soy sauce
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Handful chopped parsley for garnish
- Pat pork chops dry with paper towel and sprinkle both sides with black pepper.
- Add olive oil to large, 12-inch skillet and heat to medium high.
- Sauté half the pork chops on each side 2 to 3 minutes until lightly brown. Place in crock pot then sauté remaining pork chops and add to crock pot.
- Turn heat to medium and add sliced onion, garlic and ½ cup of the chicken broth to the skillet and simmer a few minutes. Stir and scrape the bottom of skillet with wooden spoon to loosen the flavorful brown bits left from sautéing the pork chops.
- Stir in the remaining 2 ½ cups of chicken broth, the thyme, soy sauce, bay leaves, cornstarch and apple cider vinegar until blended.
- Pour the onion-chicken broth mixture over the pork chops in the slow cooker and cover.
- Cook on low about 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until pork chops are very tender and bones practically fall off the meat (bone tender!).
- Remove to plate and spoon sauce with onions over pork chops. Garnish with parsley and serve with a green vegetable and salad and rice or pasta, if desired.
Per one pork chop served with ½ cup sauce: 278.5 calories; 17.4g total fat (5.3g saturated fat, 1.6g polyunsaturated fat, 8.9g monounsaturated fat); 445.8g sodium; 69.7mg cholesterol; 6.3g carbohydrate; 0.5g fiber; 2.6g sugars; 23.3g protein; 503.3mg potassium.