Pork chops in the crock pot are one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook pork chops…and I’m all about easy and tasty.
I’m kind of a cook and go kind of person. I’m infamous for starting something cooking and then walking away until the smoke brings me back.
I can’t tell you how many tea kettles I’ve melted on the stove. Let’s just say my sister got me an electric one for christmas. Seriously.
One of the problems with crock pot cooking though is that the meat is nice and soft, yes, but it doesn’t have the caramelized goodness of well browned meat.
This recipe combines both.
- 1 Start with a good pork chop
- 2 Dredge the pork chop in flour or pork rinds
- 3 Brown the pork chop before putting it in the crock pot
- 4 Make your pork chop sauce
- 5 Put your pork chops in the crock pot
- 6 Our review of the crock pot pork chops
- 7 Maple Glazed Pork Chops in the Crock Pot
Start with a good pork chop
Your meal is only as good as the quality of food you cook with. Here at the ranch, we are meat farmers. We raise our own livestock and haven’t had to buy meat from the store in a decade.
We raise a rare heritage breed of pig called the American Guinea Hog. This breed is considered gourmet meat quality, so our pork chops are at least 2.6 million times better than what you buy in the store.
Try to get organic and try to get grass fed pork chops. But mostly look for the marbling in the meat. Just like steak, a good pork chop is well marbled with fat.
If you’re not willing to eat fat, don’t bother with a pork chop. Go find a salad. Fat is good for you anyways.
**If you’re interested in sharing in our meat goodness, check out our meat for sale page
Dredge the pork chop in flour or pork rinds
When I cooked this recipe for the photos, I used flour.
The amount of flour used in this recipe is pretty small and the carbs are minimal. If you’re doing strict Keto though then you will want to skip this. I’m doing about 100 carbs a day so I’m not stressing overly much about it.
If you’re using crushed pork rinds or pork panko, then melt some butter first. Dip the pork chop in the butter and then dredge it in the pork panko to cover it.
Brown the pork chop before putting it in the crock pot
This may seem like a pointless step and the truth is that yes you can skip it. However, it makes the pork chop taste significantly better.
I don’t even worry about the pork chop being totally thawed out. I just dredge it and then slap it in the frying pan with some olive oil and call it a day. You don’t have to watch it and you don’t have to stress about whether it’s cooked through or not. I find this easier than real pan cooking.
Make your pork chop sauce
The next step is easy too. Toss in your pre-cut up onions and garlic, put in a couple teaspoons of chili powder and stir.
Once the onions and garlic is a bit softened (about a minute), pour in 3/4 cup of chicken broth and scrape the sides of the pan. This gets all the little bits of yumminess off the pan for your sauce and it also makes the pan easier to clean.
Now add the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.
For the maple syrup, I used Lakanto Maple flavored syrup. This is a Keto friendly version of maple syrup that tastes exactly like regular maple syrup in my opinion. And I’m super picky.
Put your pork chops in the crock pot
After this it’s easy, just put your sauce and your pork chops in the crock pot. This is the crock pot I use, which has fantastic reviews on Amazon.
Make sure to flip the pork chops over so it has sauce on both sides. I also spooned sauce over the pork chops a couple times throughout the day.
Turn the crock pot on low and let it sit for 8 hours.
I think this took me about ten minutes total, including preparation.
Our review of the crock pot pork chops
My mom and I were the ones who tried the pork chops. We both really liked it!
I’m a picky eater and I really liked the taste of the glaze. My mom and I both finished off the entire pork chop and we look forward to eating it again.
Tip: Don’t burn the sauce
One last tip. I burned the sauce in the crock pot the first time I cooked this. Make sure you check occasionally that there’s enough water in there so it doesn’t all evaporate down and then burn. Still tasted good though!
Maple Glazed Pork Chops in the Crock Pot
- Crock Pot
- 1 cup Pork Panko Or 3/4 cup of flour
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 6 Pork Chops
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Yellow onion
- 1 clove Garlic Minced
- 2 tsp Chili Powder
- 3/4 cup Chicken broth
- 3/4 cup Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup or the same of real maple syrup
- 3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- Stir Pork Panko or flour, salt and pepper together on a plate
- Dredge the pork chops in the seasoned Pork Panko or flour
- Put olive oil in and heat a frying pan on medium high heat (preferably cast iron because they're awesome)
- Place the pork chops in the heated frying pan so that the pork chops aren't touching each other
- Brown each side, but don't worry about cooking it
- Put onion and garlic in the pan and cook for a minute
- Pour chicken broth into pan and deglaze the frying pan by scraping the sides to get all the leftover cooked bits off
- Pour in maple syrup, worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar. Heat until mixture boils
- Put sauce and pork chops in the crock pot. Flip the pork chops over so they have sauce and both sides.
- Turn the crock pot on low for 8 hours
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