Lemon Pork Chops Recipe
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Lemon Pork Chops Recipe

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"These chops can simmer all day on low and be super-tender by dinnertime," assures Barbara De Frang of Hazen, North Dakota. "I serve them with a crisp salad and macaroni and cheese as a side dish."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 bone-in pork chops (7 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 290 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 543mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein .


  1. Place the pork chops in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with onion and lemon. Sprinkle with brown sugar; drizzle with ketchup.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Pork Chops in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p37

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Sumerian 35255
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"My family HATES pork chops. I had to listen to my 13 year old daughter complain all day about whyyyy did I choose pork?!! Once she tasted it, it was a huge hit with everyone! It tasted a bit like apples and NO pork taste at all! She went back for seconds! For those who said it was bitter, I was generous with the brown sugar layer over the lemon layer so maybe that helped. Delicous!"

mamahyde 55903
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"Mine didn't look at all like this because my pork was so tender that it fell apart and was more like a pulled pork. The sauce was very runny so I spooned some over my pile of pork, but it was a nice complement to the dish. If you don't like a lot of lemon, simply reduce the amount of lemon slices used in the dish and add more brown sugar."

st3phsm0m 35254
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"I've made this several times now and my husband and I love it. The sauce is very lemony and I can see why some may not like it. You really have to like lemon. I do double the ketchup and brown sugar and make several layers in my crock pot. I put pork chops in a single layer then sliced onion, lemon and sauce, repeating as necessary for the size of the crock and number of chops. The sauce is a little runny but it's great served over rice, noodles, or even mashed potatoes served alongside the chops. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)"

MrsKacman 110770
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"This was terrible. The sauce was bitter and very runny. I had to add twice as much ketchup and brown sugar and then use cornstarch to thicken."

scotland1 105458
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"Yes, I would make the Lemon Pork Chops again. It is YUMMY!"

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