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Saucy Pork Chops

I don't always have time to fix the home-cooked meals my family loves, so I've come to rely on my slow cooker a lot. I fix these tangy chops at least once a week—the meat's so tender you can cut it with a fork—and we all love it! —Jennifer Ruberg, Two Harbors, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

Directions

  • Sprinkle pork chops with garlic powder, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chops in oil on both sides; drain.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and liquid smoke if desired. Pour half of the sauce into a 3-qt. slow cooker. Top with pork chops and remaining sauce. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 371 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1748mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • ChocolateEE
    May 20, 2020

    Made this several times and it never fails. Easy, tasty and all ages enjoy it. I have made it straight as the recipe calls for. I will sometimes sauté a sliced onion with the chops. Very good if you have time. It works without browning the chops first as well. I also have added a 1/2 cup of Heinz 57 just to change it up some with great results but there is nothing wrong with it as written. Yes, the sodium is high and so are the carbs. So what? If you’re on a restricted diet there is no reason you can’t adjust this recipe using condiments that are appropriate. I have had diabetes for years and this recipe doesn’t scare me. Take only a couple of tablespoons of the sauce or take it all and have zucchini noodles or a salad with it. Or just walk away. No reason to criticize a recipe that doesn’t pretend to meet your requirements. We follow a cardiac, anti inflammatory and diabetic diet in our household, and sin everyday, but somehow manage to make the adjustments needed. Learn to cook like this or get a diet specific cookbook and stick to it like the Bible. I prefer to learn how to adjust, moderate and not dictate what everyone else puts on their plates. Just don’t blame the recipe for your dietary needs not being met. Kinda silly ??. That’s on you.

  • glitterchatter
    Feb 6, 2019

    Great...way above my expectations! I had three boneless 1 ” pork chops and was short on time. I followed the sauce recipe (tangy and quick). I put sauce with onion slices in the crockpot, added lightly-browned pork chops, add last layer of sauce and sliced onion, set the crockpot on high for an hour, and turned it down to low for an additional hour and a half. Simple, fast, tasty! Can’t go wrong!

  • annlindblad
    Jan 31, 2018

    My husband would have given this a 10.Very easy. Delicious, meat was tender, nice flavor.Even worked with boneless pork chops from the freezer, not fully thawed.

  • mom2lauren
    Oct 28, 2017

    Made these for supper. My in-laws were over and everyone raved about them. I served with mashed potatoes and carrots and also had some leftover rice as my mother-in-law does not care for potatoes. I doubled the recipe. I sprinkled some 3 onion seasoning on the chops too. Super easy. I did not brown them, just put them in the crockpot frozen and cooked on high 4 1/2 hours. I am a Volunteer Field Editor for TOH and enjoy trying out recipes as part of my duties!

  • mom2lauren
    Oct 28, 2017

    Made these for supper. My in-laws were over and everyone raved about them. I served with mashed potatoes and carrots and also had some leftover rice as my mother-in-law does not care for potatoes. I doubled the recipe. I sprinkled some 3 onion seasoning on the chops too. Super easy. I did not brown them, just put them in the crockpot frozen and cooked on high 4 1/2 hours.

  • katecrid47
    Oct 6, 2017

    My family and I thought these were wonderful. I especially loved how easy they were to fix. They came out tender and juicy. I didn't think they were too sweet although I used 1/2 cup brown sugar but did not pack it. I did use the liquid smoke. If you are looking for an easy, tasty, fix and forget it this recipe could be for you! Thank you for sharing!

  • PageRD
    Feb 9, 2017

    I really liked the sweet ketchup sauce but the chops seemed to get really dry in the slow cooker. I'd like to experiment with the sauce on other meats. I didn't use the Liquid Smoke.

  • stell1946
    Sep 9, 2016

    I made this recipe for Saucy Pork Chops today. I halved the recipe using two pork chops. It was very easy to make, I cooked it on low for about 4-1/2 hours, and the pork chops were done and were very tender and tasty. I read other reviews suggesting adding onion, and I added dried minced onion, other than adding the onions and halving the recipe I prepared the recipe as directed. Very good. Thank you. This recipe is a keeper.

  • hotfudgesundae
    Apr 24, 2016

    Followed the recipe exactly and thought it was too ketchup-y for my taste.

  • spookycat5
    Feb 24, 2016

    Like another reviewer, my Mom used to fix this years ago. I also added an onion, just sliced it over the top of the chops when I put them in the slow cooker and didn't use Liquid Smoke because I didn't have any. I used half Ketchup and half Heinz Chili Sauce because that's what my Mom used to use and these were scrumptious, delicious, wonderful chops!! I live alone so I cooked the whole batch and froze 3 which I often do. Be sure to use bone-in thick pork chops.