Easy Crock Pot Pork Chops

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

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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!

Seasonings

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.

Mushroom Chops

This recipe is going to be your dump and go with no brine or marinade required for very tender and flavorful pork chops.

Ingredients:

  • 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
  1. Season your pork with salt and pepper or seasoning salt on both sides.
  2. Turn crock pot to high and add cans of soup, mushrooms, milk, and onion soup mix
  3. Warm a small skillet with oil inside.
  4. Brown chops on both sides and add to crock pot.
  5. 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°)
  6. 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.

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Before cooking, all condensed soup is under the chops
mushroom chops ready to eat
Ready to eat

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
  1. Mix all ingredients into a small saucepan and warm until all the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  2. Once dissolved add ice to cool the mixture, you do not want to put raw meat into a hot liquid.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  1. Place apples in the bottom on the crock pot and turn on high.
  2. You can brown the pork chops first or choose to just toss them in the crock pot over the apples. Either way will work.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 5-6 hours until the pork chops are done (145° and the tenderness you desire)
  4. 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.Lemon pepper season
  • 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.

 

Crock Pot

  • 4tbsp of olive oil
  • 4tbsp of melted butter
  • 4tsp of Worstichire sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  1. Put olive oil in the crock pot first.
  2. Add pork chops then Worstichire sauce, garlic, and butter.
  3. Cover and cook until pork chop reaches an internal temperature of 145° (about 4hrs)
  4. 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?

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9 thoughts on “Easy Crock Pot Pork Chops”

  1. Hi there,

    I’m very interested in getting a crock pot for the longest time. I live in an apartment and space is an issue.

    This just gives me the inspiration to cook more dump and go meals. I have very limited recipes which I found on Pinterest. You gave me more ideas here. I don’t have a crock pot so I just have to use my rice cooker. Lol!

    I was not aware that I have to wash the meat after brining. Thanks for sharing your cooking tips! Really helpful.

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  2. Hi there,

    These are some nice recipes. I didn’t know that you could do your own brining and the recipe for that seems simple enough. I could use the brining for other recipes as well, right?
    I love cooking with crock pots, and I haven’t done that in a long time. I am going to get a new crock pot soon, I think 🙂

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    • Yes, you can brine any kind of meat really, and the recipe is simple. You can also infuse other flavors in as well. Crock pot dump meals are just sometimes my have to go to with a big busy family. I am going to come up with some more crock pot ideas, so if you buy a new one check back before long!

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  3. Despite the fact that I don’t eat meat, I am always interested in recipes, as they can give me ideas for meals with poultry (which I do eat).

    Pork is especially an issue for me. As a child I was put to a strict diet because of my bronchitis and forbidden to eat pork. I haven’t eaten it since age 5. 🙂
    So in a way it is really hilarious that I now live in an area where there are a huge amount of pig stables. And the biggest factories of pork processing.

    Anyway, you gave me some inspiration for changing existing recipes of mine. Thank you so much!

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    • Wow, that is a very interesting fact. I did not know there was a correlation between pork and bronchitis. Pork isn’t my go-to for most days. I’d much prefer poultry as well, but my family likes everything so I try to find ways to switch it up from time to time. Ps Lemon Pepper Chicken is one of my favorites!

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  4. I cook Pork Chops at least every other week. I have used the Mushroom soup to flavor my Pork Chops for years even when doing them in the oven.
    The slow cooker is a great way not to dry out your meat when cooking and cooking while out doing other things.
    I also like doing them on the grill, is there a special way to keep them moist without the salt rub. I do not like salty food, my doc does not like me to have salt either. There is just a small window between done and overdone on pork chops, the thinner the smaller the window.
    John

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    • I love to grill everything! You are absolutely right about the very small window with pork if you are cooking it on the grill. To avoid the salt brine but still retain the juicy tenderness of the pork I would suggest citrus juice. If you have not ever heard of it Mrs. Dash’s seasonings and marinades are salt-free. Add a little citrus juice to them to help tenderize the meat, and you’ll have yourself a tender juicy pork chop.

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