Pork chops are not always the easiest meat to cook. Sometimes you find that they end up either too tough or too dry to really be able to savor them. This is why I bring you easy crock pot pork chops. By slow cooking, you can cook them until they are tender and fall apart or you can keep them together but still tender enough to enjoy.
Picking Pork Chops
Since we are talking about slow cooking pork chops here you will want to use the right cut of pork. The best chops to
use in a crock pot recipe will be bone-in blade, sirloin, or rib chops. The thin boneless pork chops tend to get chewy when slow-cooked and do not make for great crock pot chops. Those are best cooked on the stovetop.
Most people stray away from pork chops due to simply not knowing how to cook them, or they have had those dry, chewy, and lacking flavor pork chops before. Below we have the best tips to keep this from being the case when you cook pork chops in your crock pot.
Brine Or Not?
Pork chops are naturally very lean, but they are also very flavorless or bland without being seasoned well. You can use a brine to help keep the pork chops from getting too dry during the cooking process and give the chops a nicer texture to eat.
What is brining?
This is a process of creating a very salty solution and soaking your meat in it for quite some time before cooking. Brining will allow the meat to soak up more liquid, therefore leaving your meat juicier once cooked. This solution can also break down and change some of the muscle fibers leaving your meat more tender once it is cooked.
How long to brine?
For a pork chop usually no longer than 12 hours will do the trick, and that is for a thick cut chop. If you are using thin-cut chops about 4-6 hours will definitely be the optimal time needed.
Since a brine is usually very salty you will want to rinse your meat after the process is complete.
Since we are talking about crock pot cooking. This crock pot is my favorite!
As you can see brining is a great way to take care of pork chops before cooking them. You can incorporate extra flavors into the brine as well to develop even more flavor like garlic and onions. However, if you choose not to brine you can use a marinade. When choosing a marinade you will want to add some acidity to the marinade. This will help develop flavor and tenderness to your pork chops.
If you are really in a pinch and you have no time to brine or marinate, don’t stress too much. You can still have great pork chops in your crock pot. With this method, I personally advise you to season well by using a combination of dry and fresh ingredients if you have them on hand.
This recipe is going to be your dump and go with no brine or marinade required for very tender and flavorful pork chops.
- 1lb of pork chops (bone-in or boneless at least 1/2in thick)
- 1 pouch of onion soup dip mix
- 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup mix
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 8oz of sliced mushrooms
- Salt and pepper or seasoning salt
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
- Season your pork with salt and pepper or seasoning salt on both sides.
- Turn crock pot to high and add cans of soup, mushrooms, milk, and onion soup mix
- Warm a small skillet with oil inside.
- Brown chops on both sides and add to crock pot.
- Cover and cook on high for 6hrs or until pork chops reach the tenderness you would like. I prefer mine to completely fall apart and just be able to ladle it out with the gravy. (Internal temperature has to reach 145°)
- Remove bones from crock pot before serving pork chops over rice or noodles.
The pork chops do not have to be browned, although this will give them a better flavor for the finish. You do not have to use fresh mushrooms, but again this will yield a better taste for the finished meal. The soups mentioned are more of a suggestion that a must-haves. Any type of condensed soup you have will work fairly decent here.
Pepper Pork Chops With Apple
This is going to be a recipe using a brine. Do not get overwhelmed looking at this recipe at first. brining is a little extra step to be done, but doing this the night before will make a delicious crock pot pork chop.
Ingredients for the brine:
- Pork chops (about 4 1in to 1.5in thick)
- 2 cups of broth and flavor
- 1/2 cup of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of peppercorns (crunched just a little bit)
- Ice for cooling the mixture
- Mix all ingredients into a small saucepan and warm until all the sugar and salt are dissolved.
- Once dissolved add ice to cool the mixture, you do not want to put raw meat into a hot liquid.
- Add pork chops to a large zip lock bag (2 gallons) and squish as much air out as you can and put in the refrigerator overnight.
- Rinse pork chops before moving on to the next steps.
Crock Pot Ingredients:
- 3oz dried apples
- 1 large onion chopped finely
- 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
- 1tbsp of coarsely ground black pepper
- 1tsp of dried thyme
- Place apples in the bottom on the crock pot and turn on high.
- You can brown the pork chops first or choose to just toss them in the crock pot over the apples. Either way will work.
- Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 5-6 hours until the pork chops are done (145° and the tenderness you desire)
- These pork chops go great with mashed potatoes.
After brining make sure to rinse thoroughly. Not rinsing well could yield a very salty piece of meat. You can use fresh apples instead of dried apples, just make sure it is a sweet apple to balance out the pepper.
Lemon Pepper Chops
Lemon pepper is a classic flavor and so easy to do. Let’s jump right into this marinade.
Ingredients For Marinade:
- 4 Pork Chops ( at least 1in thick)
- 2 tbsp of lemon pepper seasoning
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1tsp of ground black pepper
- 4tbsp of melted butter
- 4tbsp of olive oil
- Rub the dry seasonings onto your pork chops.
- Mix the wet ingredients together.
- Place pork chops into a large bag (1gal) and pour wet ingredients over them.
- Marinate for as little as 1hr to overnight.
- 4tbsp of olive oil
- 4tbsp of melted butter
- 4tsp of Worstichire sauce
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- Put olive oil in the crock pot first.
- Add pork chops then Worstichire sauce, garlic, and butter.
- Cover and cook until pork chop reaches an internal temperature of 145° (about 4hrs)
- I love these with macaroni and cheese.
These pork chops will be very tender and flavorful as is. If you would like to cut back on the butter and oil needed use a little low sodium broth instead. You can add extra layers of flavor with oregano or rosemary. Instead of slow cooking these pork chops you can take directly out of the marinade and grill or bake as well.
If you need a macaroni and cheese recipe, check this one out!
Easy Pork Chops
With a crock pot you can make easy crock pot pork chops anytime you wish. Things to remember are thin pork chops cook much quicker than thick pork chops. Bone in pork chops will take slightly longer to cook than boneless pork chops. All crock pots do not cook at the exact same temperature so check that your chops have cooked to atleast 145° if you are not letting them cook long enough to fall apart. Obviously, if they are fall-apart tender they are done. If you are cooking with bone-in pork chops, always remember to remove bone pieces before serving to children and warn adults they were bone-in.
I hope that you can find an easy crock pot dish here that sounds tasty to you. What is your favorite pork brine, marinade, or dump and go meal pork chop dish?