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Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes Recipe

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. YIELD: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
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; 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 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, brown chops in oil. Add root beer mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until meat is tender, turning once. Remove pork and keep warm.
  • 4. Bring sauce to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Meanwhile, drain potatoes; mash with butter, garlic powder and remaining salt and pepper. Serve with pork chops and sauce. Yield: 4 servings.

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.

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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."

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."

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."

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!"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

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

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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