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Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes

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


  • 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


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes.
  • 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.
  • In a large skillet, cook chops in oil over medium heat until chops are lightly browned, 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain. Add root beer mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until a thermometer reads 145°, 6-8 minutes. Remove pork and keep warm. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • dimundy
    Oct 23, 2016

    No comment left

  • Wildfiremustang
    Feb 26, 2016

    Did not like the flavor in this sauce at all.

  • loneoak54
    Feb 8, 2016

    Bet Dr. Pepper would work well, too.

  • Wingding52
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jun 14, 2014

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