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Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Root beer gives this family-friendly recipe a tangy taste kids will love. Served alongside the smashed potatoes, this makes a scrumptious stick-to-the-ribs meal any weeknight. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds small red potatoes, halved
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (7 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • 1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the root beer, ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder; set aside. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add pork chops, one at a time, and shake to coat.
  • 3. In a large skillet, cook chops in oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until chops are lightly browned; drain. Add root beer mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145°. Remove pork and keep warm. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  • 4. Bring sauce to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Meanwhile, drain potatoes; mash with butter, remaining garlic powder and remaining salt and pepper. Serve with pork chops and sauce. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop with 1/2 cup potatoes and 1/3 cup sauce: 637 calories, 29g fat (11g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1222mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 4g fiber), 36g protein.

Reviews for Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes

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Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 244509
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"Did not like the flavor in this sauce at all."

loneoak54 User ID: 7965812 243445
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"Bet Dr. Pepper would work well, too."

Wingding52 User ID: 6432297 243410
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"The sauce would go as well, over a bar of soap. Yuk! Go to A&W and order a hamburger and dip it in a root beer. You will get the same result."

snogle81 User ID: 6298091 226191
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"This sauce is great over chicken! I was worried my husband wouldn't like it b/c it does taste like barbeque sauce--a flavor he's not too fond of--but he surprised me by saying this recipe's a keeper.

I cut 2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breasts in half length-wise, then sliced each section in half on a diagonal. (I prefer thinner, smaller cuts of meat. Tricks my mind into thinking I'm eating more if I load my plate up with several smaller pieces of chicken. lol) Next time, I might try 2.5 or possibly even 3 lbs. of chicken; I had leftover sauce. I paired this dish with my own version of mashed potatoes."

doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 179995
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"Used diet root beer. This was. WAY too sweet for my husband and me. Also the chops took much longer. To cook through than the recipe calls for. I would not make it again."

motochick179 User ID: 5555951 195215
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"Made this last night for dinner and my husband loved it! I made my own potatoes and used diet soda. The sauce was a little sweet for me, but I would make this dish again especially since my husband loved it so much."

Hannamoren User ID: 7765183 118259
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"This was wonderfull! We don't have Root beer here (in Norway) but I used Pepsi instead. Loved it and will make it again."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 196962
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2014

"This was a really inventive recipe with the root beer sauce. The root beer flavor was subtle enough that even people who didn't care for root beer liked it. Instead of potatoes, I made the pork chops with Taste of Home's Tex-Mex Summer Squash Casserole and Corn Fritters with Caramelized Onion Jam for a bright summer supper!"

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 184967
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"Very good and super easy! Will be trying it on chicken and who knows what else???"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 178639
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I am always looking for new ways to make pork chops and this was definitely a keeper!!! I loved the sauce and the tang that the root beer gave it. The potatoes were okay, I'd use my own recipe next time, but overall a great recipe. I am looking forward to using the sauce in some of the creative ways that the other reviewers mentioned: roasts, chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, and on the grill."

hapegirl User ID: 5576753 212620
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"They were all gone in a matter of minutes! I am asked weekly if they are on the menu of the week."

whatdoitypeinthisbox User ID: 7387424 133481
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"Made this with boneless pork loin cut into chops - ended up very tender and juicy, but the sauce definitely left something to be desired - basically tasted like ketchup. Could use some tweaking to be sure."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 133521
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"My family enjoyed these chops and LOVED the sauce. I also used diet root beer. I served mine with creamed new potatoes and fresh beans. Sauce would be good on chicken and/or wings."

SanityBreak202 User ID: 2886293 178637
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"Was good. Might cut the sauce in half next time. Had ALOT leftover."

mmohler User ID: 2780522 179993
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"Got a "just okay" from everyone at my house. Not bad, but not great either."

ScoobyGirl1980 User ID: 6770893 195213
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"This is an absolutely awesome recipe....I cooked my own way of potatoes and green beans with it but the pork shop alone is just awesome I cant think of one this about this recipe that I would change except I used diet root beer and thats it :-)"

chellieandkids User ID: 1973287 178630
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Made according to recipe and had high hopes with all the reviews. However, my family of four found this to be an incredibly boring tasting recipe. After I made it and tasted it, I had to go back to the drawing board. Ended up adding a ton more spice to punch up the flavor. Even then it was still boring. Would never make again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4441258 117939
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"This sauce reminded me of a sauce that my mother used to make with cube steak, but even tho i have the recipe i could never seem to get it to come out right. This was wonderful !!!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 184965
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"[quote user="Schots"]

Is there someway to make this recipe so
that there isn't so much sodium. Need
it to be less than 600.
You can use reduced sodium ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and leave out the extra added salt.  For most folks that would be bland but since you're on a reduced sodium diet already, it'll probably be just right for you.  I don't know if that will get it below 600 but it would help."

blue_eyes998 User ID: 5762850 133480
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"I just made the chops and sauce. It's a great, simple recipe."

Schots User ID: 802471 184963
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"Is there someway to make this recipe so

that there isn't so much sodium. Need
it to be less than 600."

Kirchner User ID: 143349 193787
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"I haven't tried this yet....can I use DIET root beer? Sounds very good."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 178596
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"On a larger scale, I put a boneless pork roast in my crock pot add the above ingredients & turn this into pulled pork sandwiches. Yum!!"

AngSetts User ID: 6707076 117937
Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"We loved this!! My daughter, who is the pickiest eater ever, she wont even eat ketchup, LOVED it!! She had 2 pork chops herself! She's a tiny little thing too! I did use boneless chops though. Definitely going in my favorite cookbook! Thanks TOH!!!"

Ladie_Phoenix User ID: 3629798 133478
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"My family liked the root beer sauce so much that I have used it for chicken and even on grilled burgers. Definite keeper."

chaz14 User ID: 4917358 178594
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"I love pork chops enough to eat 'em 3 times a day. This recipe carried me to a new level. Is total ecstacy too strong a phrase?"

smstillinger User ID: 3094333 118255
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"This was really great. The sauce was awesome. Even the kids liked it!"

Bml850709 User ID: 6233104 133477
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"My family and i loved this recipe im going to make it again and also try it with chicken it was a big hit at our table!!!"

backthepack User ID: 3447404 184961
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"Wonderful! I will make another batch of sauce for our grilled chicken on the 4th! :)"

dsnhvninc User ID: 6025935 133520
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"This was an easy to make dish that my kids just loved. We all took turns mashing the potatoes which really gave them an appreciation for home cooking. They thought the best part was the root beer that I allowed them to drink with dinner, which was a rare treat in our house!!"

amytime99 User ID: 1888410 150529
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"Delicious! Followed the recipe exactly but had boneless chops on hand so used them instead of the bone-in. It was perfect... wouldn't change a thing."

hippo324 User ID: 5116063 150528
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"This was a big hit with my husband; however, I think next time I would do less ketchup. For me, it was just a bit too much."

LBrouse User ID: 2574118 196942
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"Made this last night for my hubby and we loved it! (I did the potatoes a bit differently using sour cream.) The chop sauce was wonderful! I think next time I'll add a smidge more chili powder. But my husband remarked that the recipe is a "keeper." I, indeed, agreed!"

mrscarlin User ID: 2152767 133471
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"As I was reading through this recipe....I thought...yum....this would be good on chicken...we don't care much for tonight I tried it on was wonderful....I did change it a little.....I added a little more rootbeer....and I used 1 teaspoon taco seasoning instead of the chili powder...also after i reduced the sauce....I spreaded it over the chicken and broiled it for about 5 min...wasn't sure if my husband would like he generally doesn't like a lot of sauce on things...but he seemed to really enjoy this :) ....I didn't see him scrape any of the sauce off....thank you so much for sharing this recipe....and I too, am going to try it on the grill....this is a keeper.."

cltbear User ID: 5742513 195212
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"We thought this was great. Leftovers are even better. The sauce would be great on grilled chicken. I am passing this one on!"

aperfectpair User ID: 2844458 117935
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"Everyone LOVED this! Super easy and unique!!"

bobrob47 User ID: 5710797 195211
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"This was very tasty. The whole family loved it!"

robyngrantz User ID: 3688824 117934
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"This was a big hit!! I di not have Root beer so I used Coke instead. It was great. I made it and kept it warm in the crock pot until we got home for dinner!!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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