Sunday, December 20, 2015

Crockpot Pork Chops


Crockpot Pork Chops are the easiest slow cooker recipe ever. Toss and go. Toss it all in the crockpot and you return to perfectly tender, melt in your mouth pork cooked in the most spectacular sauce.  It is a little sweet, a little spicy, a little barbeque-y (yes I made that word up) and a lot delicious. Prepped in just 5 minutes.

I know I have been professing my love for my crockpot lately like a teenage girl does her first boyfriend, but I can not help myself. This thing is amazing!  I mean really, the weekend was so busy that I didn't have time to stand in front of the stove for 30 minutes preparing dinner at the end of a long day, so I tossed in my ingredients and went about my fun. When I came back to it, dinner was cooked!?!?

I am not sure why I resisted my slow cooker for so long. But, honestly, it is about as good as having a private chef.  LOL. I even tossed together these beauties that everyone is going nuts over, last week, and can't wait to make more.

These Crockpot Pork Chops are that easy. Seriously you will toss the ingredients into the slow cooker and come back to it hours later to find perfectly tender, melt in your mouth pork cooked in the most spectacular sauce.  It is a little sweet, a little spicy, a little barbeque-y (yes I made that word up) and a lot delicious.

I made a quick chicken flavored rice side dish (http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2015/02/chicken-rice-simple-side-dish-recipe.html) and broccoli, to serve with this pork and let me just tell you that the sauce served over the rice and broccoli. OH MY GOODNESS! AH-MAZING. Good enough to drink with a straw. Well.... Maybe not. But pretty darn close.

Enjoy!

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Crockpot Pork Chops
SERVES 8  |  ACTIVE TIME 5 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 7 Hours 5 Minutes



1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1-3 tablespoon red chile paste (I used Gourmet Garden)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3-5 pounds boneless pork chops (thick cut 1"- 1 1/2")
1/4 cup cornstarch

Add ingredients (except pork chops and corn starch)  in a 6-quart slow cooker.  Stir to combine. Add pork chops. Toss to coat with the sauce. Cook on low 6 hours.

After 6 hours, combine equal amounts cornstarch and water in a mason jar. Close the lid, to seal the jar. Shake the living tar out of it, to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the crockpot. Stir and cover, cook 1 more hour.

Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES: Add chili paste according to your desired heat level. We used 3 tablespoons as we like a little kick. If you prefer it more mild add less, or omit it altogether. It is fabulous either way.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

6 quart Slow Cooker

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39 comments:

  1. I used country pork ribs and ground red pepper and flour and water instead of corn starch. served it on top of rice pilaf. This recipe was an absolute favorite so it will be on a regular rotation.

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    1. That sounds fabulous. So happy you loved it!

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  2. Would this also work as a sauce for a crock pot porkloin? It sounds delicious!

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    1. It would be awesome! Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  3. I don't have kosher salt. Could I substitute with either sea salt or table salt, and if so, how much would I use?

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    1. You can always substitute table or sea salt. If it is fine grain salt (like table salt) use 3/4 teaspoons for every 1teaspoon called for. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  4. What is the purpose of the corn starch? Thicken? I was wondering if 1/2 hour would be sufficient? I'm on time constraints and curious if 1 hour is a must?

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  5. I made these, exact to your recipe, they were AWESOME!

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  6. Can the pork chops be frozen before going in?

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    1. I have not cooked them that way before, but all meat can go in frozen into a crockpot. The end result may be slightly different and the liquid content would be higher. I would be interested to hear your results. Let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

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    2. My experience with frozen meat is the cooking time is longer, sometimes 2-3 hours more. Depends on the density of meat, I guess

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    3. I mostly put the meats frozen. No difference ;)

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  7. No salt necessary, the light soya sauce already has 35 % sodium.

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  8. i have a 4 qt cooker what will the time be ? And would you half the ingredients for 2 people ? Thanks

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  9. I just put them in my crock pot right now! I'm not sure about the the corn starch/water. Am I putting this in an hour before it's done or after the 6 hours and cooking it another hour?
    Thanks for your recipes . . . I'm gonna be trying a few of them. They're simple and easy and look wonderful! Hope you get this soon, or I'll have to wing it.

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  10. I loved these and with the leftovers I made BBQ sandwiches didn't add anything else for the sauce. Getting ready to make them again!

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  11. I am reluctant to use the chile paste, as I don't care for a ton of heat, and more importantly, my toddler would be eating it and I don't want to bother his tummy :-). Any suggestions for substitutions? Have you ever made it without the chile?

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  12. i loved your recipe it came out fantastic!! i'd love to use the same sauce for chicken wings, do you know the cook time for about 2lbs of wings??..unfrozen, if it makes a difference ?

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  13. I only have breakfast pork chops and only about six. Do I need to adjust the recipe?

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  14. I made these for dinner last night! OMG they are to die for. I used butterfly pork chops, folded over, so tender, sauce was so thick. Husband wanted to know what else we could put the sauce on. I know you said to layer sauce ingredients but I wonder if it could be combined before adding to meat?

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    1. I put it on pasta! It was really good. I used large shell pasta but others would be good too.

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  15. I have been making these pork chops for a couple of months now. It is my go to recipe. They are wonderful! Just to give you a laugh, one of our dogs has had some health issues. When we can't get him to eat, I can give him a chop or two and he eats like they are going out of style. He loves them too!

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  16. What if you dont have chile paste ?




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  17. HAA Carole! The dog has probably learned to pretend to be sick to get those pork chops!

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  18. I did not have red red Chile paste, I used Franks red hot instead. Not sure what it tastes like with the paste, but turned out good with Franks!

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  19. I made these last week for my family and everyone loved them so much that I'm making them again today! Thanks so much for the great recipe. I can already smell the deliciousness throughout my house, and I just started them an hour ago. Now I can't wait for dinner! Yum!

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  20. Just made these and they are divine! I did omit the chili paste due to kids:), but added about 5/6 drops of Sriracha sauce. Such a great recipe, thank you!

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  21. Just found this recipe, substituted Korean Sweet and Hot sauce for the cile paste.....have it in the crockpot but I'm not sure about the the corn starch/water. Am I putting this in an hour before it's done or after the 6 hours and cooking it another hour so 7 hours total? Do I just pour the water/starch mix in then let it just sit on top of everything or should I give it a ggod stir?

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  22. Made this last week without the chili paste. 6 hours was too long in my crockpot, so will adjust time next time. Flavor was amazing. Going to try with chicken thighs tonight.

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  23. On New Year's Day, I typically fix the usual black-eyed peas, greens, cornbread...but, I also fix the kids' favorite dish of the year. This year it was "those pork chops". This time, I used a pork loin, cut in 1 inch slices. It will be ready in a few hours, can't wait. Thank you for providing this year's favorite recipe.

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  24. I have a question when it comes to making a meal in a slow cooker. Do you have to thaw the meat first before putting it in, or can you just put the meat in the slow cooker frozen with the other ingredients and cook it that way. I've used my slow cooker before, but I've always thawed the meat first. Thanks for your help with this question!

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    1. Your meat doesn't need to be thawed. I have been putting frozen eat in my crock pot for several years. Personally, I think it gets much more moist that way.

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  25. what is red chili paste? I asked for it at the grocery and they had no I what it was. Do you mean chili powder?

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    1. Red chili paste is found is the Asian section of major food chain stores.

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    2. It is also called sambal.

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  26. a cold and snowy night in Maine.. we have thick, juicy pork chops from Costco.. I looked for a new recipe and I found this.. I used 2 tablespoons of hot chile paste and it was perfect.. My husband loved it and I thank you so much for this recipe.

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  27. I made this and it wasn't that great. My pork chops were too fatty and there was so much fat on top to skim off.
    So be careful that the chops you use are trimmed nicely.

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  28. I don't have chili paste. Can I use chili powder?

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