Smothered Pork Chops
Deliciously tender, full of flavor, Crock Pot Smothered Pork chops require very little prep and are a meal everyone will love.
It is nice to have on hand a pork chop recipe that can be quickly prepped, thrown in the crockpot and forgotten about until it is time to eat. No scrambling during the dinner hour to get something hearty on the dinner table with this Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops recipe.
While there are many side dishes that go great with this dish, I love when I can find two sides that are not only a crowd pleaser but easy to make as well.
Simple, flavorful, and hearty, this is one meal we can eat on repeat at our house.
What You Need to Make Smothered Pork Chops
With a combination of some pantry staples, spices, delicious bone in blade cut pork chops, and your trusty crock pot, you have all that you need to make these crock pot pork chops, a flavorful, filling, home cooked meal for everyone to enjoy!
- Bone in Blade Cut Pork Chops
- Minced Garlic
- Dried Thyme
- Chicken Stock
- Soy Sauce (low sodium)
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Bay Leaves
- Salt and Pepper
- Cider Vinegar
- Minced Fresh Parsley
How to Make Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Time needed: 7 hours.
Get out your skillet to do some browning of ingredients and then transfer all ingredients into the crock pot and the rest is history!
- Cook Ingredients In Skillet.
Cook bacon until crispy. Then add onions, mushrooms, and butter. Cook for about 10 minutes.
- Add Flour, Spices, and Chicken Stock
The stir in flour, thyme, and garlic. Lastly, slowly stir in chicken stock.
- Transfer Ingredients Into Crock Pot
Transfer skillet mixture into the crockpot and then add soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, sugar and bay leaves. Stir. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Transfer seasoned pork chops into your crockpot, covering pork chops with the liquid mixture.
Cook for 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Remove bay leaves, and serve with mashed potatoes or side of choice.
Tips and Tricks
Making this recipe is Eazy Peazy but here are a few tips and tricks for simplifying it and getting consistent results every single time.
- Tip One: Minimize the mincing. Buy already minced garlic in a jar to save on prep time. You will love this hack for all your recipes.
- Tip Two: Set timer for about 30 minutes before the meal is done to remind you to start prepping and cooking your side dishes. You want those treasures done and ready to go once the Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops are done.
- Tip Three: When picking pork chops, look for pork chops that are thicker for a more tender result. You want a pork chop with a good amount of fat to help ensure the tenderness. Who doesn’t love a tender cut of pork!
- Tip Four: In a pinch, use vegetable or beef stock if you don’t have chicken stock on hand. Don’t run out to the store for just this ingredient.
- Tip Five: Dish serves 4 people, but if you want to make the dish stretch further, make a side of delicious Mom’s Dinner Rolls. Trust me no one will complain about this addition to the meal.
Make Ahead and Storage
Fresh is best of course and with Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops requiring such minimal prep, it is a great meal for even the busiest of days. Plus, you are kind of already making this dish ahead of time since you throw it in the crock pot 7-8 hours before dinner.
But you can prep ahead by making the gravy components ahead, and storing them in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the rest. You can even freeze them and thaw the night before.
Then when ready to make, toss everything in the slow cooker and let it cook.
Pork chops will store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave until warm.
Freezer Meal Option:
- Let pork chops cool.
- Put pork chops in gallon sized freezer bags and transfer into the freezer.
- Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
- Defrost in the fridge and reheat when ready to eat.
Other Great Pork Chop Recipes:
- Instant Pot Pork Chops
- Italian Breaded Baked Pork Chops
- Pina Colada Pork Chops
- Savory Apple Stuffed Pork Chops
- Sweet and Sour Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Tropical Fruit Salsa
Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops
- 4 bone in, blade-cut pork chops 8-10 ounce, ¾ inch thick, trimmed
- 4 slices bacon chopped
- 3 onions halved and sliced ½ inch thick
- 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- ½ Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar packed
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- Using a 12 inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until it is crispy, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add onions and mushrooms, and butter, and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in flour, garlic, and thyme, and stir in, cooking for 1 minute.
- Slowly stir in the chicken stock, scraping any brown bits off the sides and bottom, and stir smoothing out any of the lumps.
- Transfer everything in the skillet to a 5-7 quart crock pot.
- Stir in soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and bay leaves.
- Season pork chops with salt and pepper and place into the slow cooker, covering with the mixtures.
- Cook until pork is fork tender, about 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high heat.
- Once pork chops are tender, transfer to serving dish, and cover loosely with foil. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Discard bay leaves.
- Using a large spoon, skim fat off the surface of the sauce, stir in vinegar, and parsley, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Spoon sauce over chops and serve.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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