Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes Recipe
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Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes Recipe

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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
Featured In: Root Beer Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 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

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.


  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.
Originally published as Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes in Simple & Delicious April/May 2011, p9

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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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."

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