Saturday, March 18, 2017

Crockpot Pork Chops (With Video)


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 (crockpot candy) 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 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
Copyright ©2014 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 2014

120 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. How much water do you use with the cornstarch?

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    3. 1/4 cup of water. It's not listed in ingredients, but it does say equal parts water and cornstarch in the written instructions.

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    4. This recipe is delicious!

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    5. Made this last night just yummy!!!

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    6. How to mix up the cornstarch if you don't have a mason jar to mix it in

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    7. Use a whisk,in a bowl. a plastic bowl with a lid, and shake it. A blender. Pour it into a plastic bag and shake it. Was this serious question?

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    8. do you have a whisk? just whisk it in a bowl. Or if you have a cup with a lid that will work too.

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    9. Just made it, it was great and easy!

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    10. HI I MADE IT TODAY . BUT I ONLY USED 1 TSP. OF LIGHT BROWN SUGAR , CAUSE WE DO NOT LIKE TO MUCH SUGAR IN ARE FOOD . BUT LET ME TELL YOU IT ROCKS IT WAS SO GOOD TY.

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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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    1. Yes, it's to thicken. If your slow cooker has a "boil" setting, set it to boil & as son as it starts boiling, add the cornstarch mixture & stir until thicken. It should only take a few minutes.

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    2. Can anyone help me find the written recipe? Everything I click on takes me back to picture and video.

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    3. Click on more information

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

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    1. I really appreciate it when someone actually follows a recipie and critiques it (rather than "I substituted this for that"). A sincere thank you!

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    2. Not a fan of chilli, could you please advise if this recipe is "hot" flavoured?
      Thank you

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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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    4. Made this dish tonight was delicious

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    5. NEVER COOK FROZEN MEAT IN THE CROCK POT! JUST GOOGLE "IS IT SAFE TO COOK FROZEN MEAT IN A SLOW COOKER".

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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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    1. The cooking time would be the same and, of course, halving it would leave enough for leftovers!

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    2. I think it would depend on the thickness of your chops. I would check the meat after 6 hours to see if it is as tender as you like it. If not, put the slurry in and continue cooking. If they are, in the past, I have just poured the liquid in a saucepan and let it come to a boil and put the slurry in to thicken it. Don't forget to stir it the entire time after the slurry has been added so you will have a smooth sauce.

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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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    1. Just omit it.

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    2. Or can you add Tomato paste instead?

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    3. just leave it out...I was gonna use hot sauce but forgot and it doesn't need it in my opinion..it's still plenty spicy for me. I also used only 1/2 tsp garlic. It may still be too spicy for a little one in my opinion..maybe something else for little one.

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    4. I leave it out

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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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    1. My guess would be 4–6 hours on low or 3–5 hours on high until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165ΒΊF and the juices run clear.

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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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    1. I used siracha ketchup or 1/2 c ketchup and 1 TBSP siracha sauce. WOW!

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    2. I used siracha ketchup or 1/2 c ketchup and 1 TBSP siracha sauce. WOW!

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    3. What section of satire do you find chilling paste. Couldn't find it today.

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    4. How much water do you use with the cornstarch?

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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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  29. I have made pork loin, pork chops and chicken with this recipe. However I changed the ingredients. I use 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 2/3 Cup Ketchup, 1/4 Cup Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp himalayan salt, mix 1/3 cup of flour with 1 cup water and add to rest of ingredients. After mixing it all together I pour it over the meat and cook on low in the crockpot. I do not wait to add the flour. I use organic onion and garlic powder, I mill my own wheat for flour and use ketchup that has no high fructose corn syrup in it. This is a wonderful tasting sauce and is good on everything, rice, potatoes, meat, etc. It's just plain delicious. As someone else said, trim the fat off your meat first and season the meat with whatever you like as well first.

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    1. Lol not same recipe at all, just same idea.

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  30. I don't know why waited so long to try this. What a great crockpot recipe. Perfect for busy weekends. I see some others have tried it with chicken. I think I'll try that next. This is definitely a keeper!

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  31. Every time I try to read a recipe ,a spam scream takes over your site,with no way to get rid of it but to close out.it does not happen to me on any other site.

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    1. That should not be happening! Can you please screenshot it and email it to me donna {at} tsrifood {dot} com

      I will have it fixed immediately. Thank you for letting me know.

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  32. This is my all-time favorite go-to recipe. I found it 2 1/2 years ago and have been making it since. DELICIOUS just as the recipe is! I serve over potatoes with a green vegetable (usually broccoli). I've passed this recipe on many times as well, and it is always a hit :)

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  33. Okay made these for supper tonight and my husband agrees this recipe is a keeper served it with plain rice to sop up that delicious sauce, used 2TBSP of the chili paste and it was perfect for us.

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  34. All I can say is DELICIOUS! Super easy!

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  35. I made this this evening but only two chops. I cut the ingredients in half. The sauce was awesome but the pork chops were very dry. Should I have reduced the time? If so, by how much?

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  36. What is the equivalent time if you don't have a slow cooker but in place of the slow cooker you use your oven?

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    1. I normally cook my chops bone in oven set at 400 for about 10-12 minutes depending on how thick they are.

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  37. Is it real spicy?

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    1. I used 1/2 tsp garlic, no chili paste and it was just spicy enough for both me (I like spicier) and hubby (not as much)..It's a bit spicy but not too much

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    2. I used mostly worchestershire and a little soy instead...would recommend it this way as I love worchestershire and the soy didn't smell nearly as good

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  38. of course its tender you braised it for 7 hours; which you can do w/ a pork shoulder and it'll be cheaper and taste better. loin chops take like 30 minutes on direct heat and will be just as good

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  39. I made this tonight! It was so good. We will definitely make it again. It was definitely enough heat with just under 2 TBSP of chili paste. Thanks for a great addition to my slow cooker recipes.

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  40. A friend shared the video on Facebook and immediately tried it. I used loin chops and yes, fork tender! Thinking of using the leftover sauce to make a pasta bake...don't think I will get enough of this sauce. It's like a little country meets a little Asian. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

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  41. Omg! Sooooo good. Tons of flavor and very tender. My husband loved it.

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  42. I live in a small town with only 1 name brand store and they don't sell chili paste so can I use chili sauce if so do I need to add anything ty

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  43. What is chili paste, and where do you buy it? Thank you

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    1. it is in with the oriental/international food items

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  44. How much is 1 part of cornstarch

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  45. How much water to the corn starch?

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    1. 1/4 cup, equal to the amount of cornstarch

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  46. I couldn't fine Red Chili Paste but, found Red Curry Paste. Will that work?

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  47. Would like to try this recipe. But I only have 4 bone in pork chops could I use them instead of the boneless?

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  48. I found the 1/4 cup corn starch made it insanely too thick. Did I do something wrong? Couldn't even stir it and it turned to quicksand. Tasted great though!

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    1. 1/4 cup seems like an awful lot to me too. (I haven't tried the recipe yet. Making it tomorrow) Maybe not pour it all in at once? Add some until you get the consistency you want.

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  49. Hi Can you substitute the sugar for honey? If so how much honey?

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  50. Can you substitute the sugar for honey, if so how much honey would you add?

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  51. ssooooo good...even hubby loved it (and I was wary he wouldn't/even so his birthday meal). A keeper!

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  52. 6 hours on low?

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  53. I made this over the weekend for lunches. It turned out pretty good but I would omit the extra salt. Also, my pork chops were a little dry in the middle so maybe next time I will try a cut with a bit more fat/flavor.

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  54. is the timing different for bone in chops? ;6 hours seems long. that's on Low correct. going to try it tonight.

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  55. Started them in the crockpot but i have a couple questions. Do i cook them longer than 6 hrs if they are about an inch and a 1/2 thick? Also, i forget to by minced garlic so i used garlic powder instead. Will this effect the flavor at all? Thank you!😁

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    1. I ended up doing the same thing and it turned out delicious! I also used a garlic chili paste too. My boyfriend had to stop himself from eating it all!

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  56. I didn't have any red chili paste either. I put I. 1/2 teaspoon of Tony Chacharies Cajun seasoning in and it was yummy! I wonder how this would do with chicken breasts?

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  57. I used 1" to 1-1/2" boneless chops and 6 hours on low was far too long. Although I enjoyed the taste the chops were far too dry. I am going to lower the cooking time by about 2 hours to see if that helps them from becoming to dry.

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  58. I just started using my crockpot more since moving out of my parents house, so this is probably a silly question, but-
    If I start my crockpot on low with this recipe before I leave for work in the morning, will it be over cooked if I cook it for longer than 6 hours on low? I am away all day at work so it will be on low for more like 8 hours... I don't have a timer on my crockpot to turn it off while I'm not home! Haha!

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  59. Has anyone cooked this in an Instant Pot? How long is the cooking time in one of those? I only have a small crockpot and my Instant Pot holds more. I made this last week and it was so good, my bf said he had to restrain himself from eating all of it within a day!

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  60. Can you have this recipe with egg noodles

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  61. Can you make in electric roasters increasing for 100+

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  62. I wish there is a printer friendly button πŸ˜•

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  63. I just made with Thai red chili paste with garlic and omitted the garlic. It's all I could find. Has anyone else done this?

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  64. I am always looking for new recipes and my husband is SO picky. I tried this and made it exactly how the recipe states. He LOVED it and asked for it again a couple of weeks later. I usually have to tweak a recipe but not this one, the only think I did was double it.....lol Great recipe and easy as hell....:)

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  65. I've made this twice now, once as is, and once using beef instead of pork. Came out great both times!

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  66. This was delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it pretty much as written, except I didn't have red chile paste, so I used gochujang (korean red pepper paste) & didn't thicken the sauce with corn starch as it didn't seem to need it. I served it with garlic brown rice-quinoa, roasted veggie mix & a few slices of avocado on each bowl. SO good!! Will definitely be making this again; next time I'm thinking of lessening the brown sugar & adding a pour of coca-cola because I think it will add a nice dimension to the sauce. Thanks again!

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  67. DELICIOUS! TY so much for sharing! I made this marinade, minus the corn starch roux and put this on the grill. I marinated the chops in this overnight and grilled the next day. Wonderful!!! I'm sure it's just as good in the crock pot but we just happened to be attending a BBQ the next day so we grilled it instead. We used the Splenda Brown Sugar to make it a little more healthy too. Will be adding this recipe to my list of frequently used marinades. I just could not believe how good this tasted!!

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  68. I don't normally leave feedback but I must leave it for this recipe. This is hands down the absolute best recipe for pork chops I have ever found! My husband and son ask for them at least once a week. Thank you for this recipe!

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  69. I don't have any corn starch- will it be OK without?

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  70. Would you cut time in half if cooker on high?

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