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Pork Chops & Acorn Squash

My husband and I are crazy for the squash we grow in our garden. For a sweet and tangy dish, we slow-cook it with pork chops and orange juice. —Mary Johnson, Coloma, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 boneless pork loin chops (4 ounces each)
  • 2 medium acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • Place pork chops in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add squash. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients; pour over squash. Cook, covered, on low 4-6 hours or until pork is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 pork chop with 2/3 cup squash: 317 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 365mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • muffbear74
    Nov 3, 2017

    I like another slow cooker recipe better for the acorn squash, although the pork had a nice flavor. If I make again, I would probably peel the squash first for easier eating and handling leftovers.

  • kathyRidenour
    Jan 4, 2012

    The combination of the sweetness of the OJ and brown sugar were a hit with my daughter. The pork came out extremely tender after cooking for hours. My one complaint would be the acorn squash. It was not an easy squash to prepare. I think it was a good choice for the long cooking time and soaking up the juices. I wouldn't prepare the squash again. That's what makes the recipe 3 stars...otherwise, tasty.

  • teri396
    Jan 28, 2011

    Made this with sweet potato instead of acorn squash. Very good.

  • acedec
    Sep 8, 2010

    We found it very tasty. My crockpot must have cooked a little high though because it was done a little too soon.

  • babyjimmie
    Sep 1, 2009

    We did not care for this. It was not attractive at all like the picture and was to "orange-y". Not worth the time or effort.

  • Sueser99
    Nov 17, 2008

    Tried the recipe when I had a group of friends over and we all thought it was very good however it needed to cook longer then 4 hrs. I quartered the squash and used a paring knife to peel. Microwaving the squash a bit first might work good also as the squash did take longer to cook in the crock pot.

  • creynolds
    Nov 17, 2008

    Cook it first (microwaving is OK) then peel it.

  • reebok140
    Nov 6, 2008

    I agree that the peeling sounds impossible. The only way it would peel easily is if it was cooked. Any ideas??

  • angelasandoval
    Oct 30, 2008

    No comment left

  • suetrossen
    Sep 23, 2008

    This sounds wonderful, but peeling an acorn squash is virtually impossible