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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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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 equals 637 calories, 29 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 112 mg cholesterol, 1222 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 36 g 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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Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

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

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

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

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."

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."

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."

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