Crock Pot Pork Chops and Gravy are so tender and juicy — they practically melt in your mouth! The scrumptious taste of garlic and the spice of chile paste add the perfect kick to the flavor of tenderized slow cooker pork chops. Check out our video too.
Crock Pot Pork Chops and Gravy
When life starts to get busy, slow cooker recipes come to the rescue! Slow cooker recipes are great — not only because they taste fantastic, but also because they are so easy to make!
This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and literally creates a delicious recipe that you’ll be craving until next time.
You will love how simple it is to make this smothered pork chops crock pot recipe. All you need is 10 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time.
Watch the helpful video in this post to see how easily everything is put together.
Love how tender meat is when made in the crockpot? You’ll also love these slow cooker honey sriracha meatballs and this recipe for slow cooker beef brisket.
Or for something different our Iowa pork tenderloin sandwich recipe will knock your socks off!
Smothered Pork Chops Ingredients and Notes
- Boneless Pork Chops – This cut comes from the loin of a pig, located between the pig’s hip and shoulder.
While quite lean, pork chops are still full of flavor and a great option for weeknight meals.
You can also use bone-in chops, but they may take longer to cook.
- Red Chile Paste – I typically use the Garden Gourmet brand, which can be found in the produce section of the grocery store.
- Garlic, Black Pepper, & Kosher Salt – Simple seasonings bring out the flavors of the pork chops.
I recommend using minced garlic, but you can also use garlic powder if you have that on hand.
- Soy Sauce – Since this recipe already includes salt, opt for low sodium soy sauce. If regular is all you have, then reduce the amount of salt.
- Light Brown Sugar – Brown sugar adds the right amount of sweetness to your sauce.
Using light brown sugar is preferred, as it is more mild than darker brown sugar.
- Ketchup – This adds rich, tangy flavor to balance out the sweetness and saltiness of the sauce.
- Cornstarch – Use this to help thicken the gravy. You will need to mix it with equal parts water to make a slurry, or you’ll end up with lumps!
How to Make Crock Pot Boneless Pork Chops
- Check internal temperature. Use an instant-read digital thermometer — pork chops are done when they reach at least 145°F in the center.
- Adjust the heat level. If you prefer a spicier sauce, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of chile paste instead of 1 tablespoon.
Want to skip the spice? You can omit the chile paste and enjoy a sweeter gravy sauce instead.
- Watch those chops! Since cooking time can vary based on your slow cooker and the thickness of your chops, check the meat when adding the cornstarch slurry.
You may not need the full extra hour of cooking after that.
Pork can be paired with rice and vegetables for a balanced meal.
Some tasty veggie dishes that I recommend pairing crock pot boneless pork chops with include my best ever garlic roasted broccoli or air fryer green beans.
Not a fan of rice? Try mashed potatoes on the side instead.
Storing and Reheating Leftover Pork Chops and Gravy
Allow cooked pork chops to cool, then transfer to an airtight container. They will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Reheating leftover pork is a quick and easy process! Simply place the chops in a baking pan with a few splashes of water or beef broth, then cover with foil.
Cook for 10 to 15 minutes at 350°F, until warmed through.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Slow Cooker – Great not only for crock pot pork chops and gravy, but also for soups, roasts, shredded chicken, and more!
I love it in the cooler months, but it’s also great in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the whole house with the oven.
- Meat Thermometer – A digital version will be easiest to read.
Crock Pot Pork Chops and Gravy FAQ
Use thick-cut pork chops instead of thin-cut. Thicker meat will become juicy and tender in the slow cooker, while thinner meat runs the risk of drying out if cooked for too long.
Yes, bone-in pork chops are a great alternative if you can’t find boneless pork chops. Just keep in mind that they may need a little extra time to cook all the way through.
Low and slow is recommended for a reason! Because chops are such a lean cut of meat, cooking them on High will most likely dry them out. Be patient — the results are worth the wait!
When cooking pork chops, you make to make sure that they’re cooked all the way through before eating. No matter if you’re cooking thick pork chops or thin pork chips, for the best results, use an instant-read thermometer to test the internal temperature.
As long as the reading is at least 145 degrees, the pork chop should be considered fully cooked and safe to eat.
A good pork chop isn’t meant to be tough! Since this recipe uses simple ingredients, adding everything to the crock pot and following the steps on the recipe card is a simple way to make sure that you have a tender and juicy pork chop.
The great thing about cooking this family favorite in the slow cooker is that even if this great recipe is a little bit tough, the low heat and long cooking time with tenderize the meat and also give it a lot of flavor. This is why it’s one of my favorite recipes!
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Easy Crock Pot Recipes
Crock Pot Pork Chops + Video
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon red chile paste, 1 – 3 tablespoons, I used Gourmet Garden
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 pounds boneless pork chops, 3 to 5 pounds, thick cut 1"- 1 1/2"
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- Add ingredients (except pork chops and corn starch) to a 6-quart slow cooker. Stir to combine. Add pork chops. Toss to coat with the sauce. Cook on low 4 hours.
- After 4 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.
- Check for doneness with an instant-read digital cooking thermometer. The internal temperature of the chops should be at least 145°F. If the pork chops need longer, cover the pot and continue cooking.
- Serve and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published December 2014, updated and republished December 2023
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