Use What You Have- Slow Cooker Pork Chops


I have never been terribly successful with pork chops either on the grill or in the slow cooker. Which is why I was surprised to find some in the freezer when I was considering a recipe for our Use What You Have series. I don’t even remember buying pork chops but I must have been feeling optimistic that day.

With my pork chops defrosting in the fridge, I hit up Pinterest for some ideas to use what I had and to try a recipe that didn’t make the meat either disintegrate or require a saw to cut through. When I saw this recipe by Jen at Cincy Shopper, I knew I had to give it a shot.
Once again, I was only using what we had on hand. Which in this case was the mysterious pork chops, chicken broth in the fridge that needed to be used up and a variety of spices, all of which I had. Because I have an entire shelf full of spices. It’s ridiculous really. 


Once I had the ingredients ready, I went looking for my slow cooker. The external cooker was there but the pot was missing. Found something fermenting in the dish in the second fridge. Yes. I have two refrigerators. Because I’m a food hoarder. Which is why we have this series and all.I wanted to say I began with pan searing the meat but I really began with washing and disinfecting the slow cooker dish.



Then, I really did pan sear the chops.


Once the meat had been seared and added to the slow cooker, I whipped up the sauce. 


I poured the sauce over the meat and cooked everything on high for four hours. After heading out to run errands and get the van serviced, I picked up the Littles from daycare. The house smelled amazing when we came home and I could hardly wait to eat.

I poured the liquid into a sauce pan and made a gravy out of the juices with some water and cornstarch.



The boys had their pork chops and gravy over rice with some raw carrots and I had mine with a tossed salad (I was being virtuous that day).

This dinner was a huge hit for all of us! Don’t mind Aiden’s face…that’s his “happy face”. I know, right? We’re working on it. And don’t mind the blur. I think it’s well established that I can’t manage to capture any nice pictures of the boys. I don’t know if it’s because they never sit still or I’m completely inept but this is as good as it gets.



Would I make this again? You bet I would!





Fear of pork chops has been conquered.



Jen’s original recipe is found here.


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