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Crockpot Pork Chops

I enjoy a good pork chop, but I am not very good at making them. I am paranoid about raw pork, so I have a bad habit of overcooking it and leaving everything dry and tough. Now that I have gotten more comfortable with my crockpot, I thought I’d try pushing right through overcooked and into delicious slow-cooked territory.

I did a quick Google search and found some good recipes. I ended up picking this one based on the criteria of “It looks good” and “I’m pretty sure I have all the stuff in the cupboards.”

It’s an easy formula: whisk together 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 cup of chicken broth and a crapload of herbs and spices, pour it into the crockpot with the pork chops and cook on high for about four hours. As it turned out, I didn’t have everything I needed. I was out of basil, so I threw in some extra stuff that I thought would taste good. My end recipe was more like this:

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Crockpot Pork Chops

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • 1 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cinnamon*
  • 2 tsp Mrs. Dash*
  • 2 Tbs light agave nectar*
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cut a few slits into the tops of the pork chops and season with salt and pepper. Whisk together oil, stock and everything else. Pour over pork chops in the crockpot, cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6 ““ 8 hours.

It looks like a lot of flavors, but after four hours, everything mellows and blends together for a yummy savory taste. This also means that you could use a lot less spice and still come out with a good chop. Also, if I’ve learned anything in my pot roast experimentation, it’s that you can use any liquid you have on hand and it will work. The short form of this recipe is:

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 cup liquid
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • herbs and spices

My genius idea to power-through overcooked worked wonderfully. The pork chops were fall-apart tender and delicious. I only wish I had made more so I could have some for lunch tomorrow.

*These measurements are estimated because I had reached the point of “Let’s throw some in and see what happens.”

By [E]SaraB

Glass artisan by day, blogger by night (and sometimes vice versa). SaraB has three kids, three pets, one husband and a bizarre sense of humor. Her glass pendants can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/AngryOwlStudio if you're interested in checking it out.

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