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How to Cook Pork Chops in a Crock-Pot

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author image Joanne Thomas
A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.
How to Cook Pork Chops in a Crock-Pot
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Pork chops are a versatile cut of meat, suitable for pretty much any cooking method you desire, including a long, slow session in a Crock-Pot. More than just a busy person's substitute for slaving over a stove, slow cooking is a choice method for cooking pork chops as it helps them retain their tasty liquids that develop as they cook, while allowing them to self-baste until unctuously tender. Few seasonings are necessary, but the basic technique is easy to adapt to incorporate your favorite ingredients and turn the chops into a full, one-pot meal.

Step 1

How to Cook Pork Chops in a Crock-Pot
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Remove pork chops from their packaging, and pat them dry with paper towels. If you are using frozen pork chops, thaw them in advance.

Step 2

How to Cook Pork Chops in a Crock-Pot
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Season the pork chops on both sides with your choice of herbs and spices, like freshly ground black pepper, an Italian herb blend, dried parsley or, for a little heat, dried chili flakes. Don't add salt until you've tasted the cooked pork.

Step 3

How to Cook Pork Chops in a Crock-Pot
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Lay thickly sliced vegetables, such as onions, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes or cabbage, in the bottom of the Crock-Pot, if you desire. Thick slices of a fruit that complements the flavor of pork, such as apples and pineapple, are another option.

Step 4

How to Cook Pork Chops in a Crock-Pot
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Arrange the seasoned pork chops over the vegetable or fruit slices, if you included them, or in the bottom of the pot. Keep the chops in a single layer if possible.

Step 5

How to Cook Pork Chops in a Crock-Pot
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Add a small amount -- no more than a few tablespoons -- of a sauce or braising liquid, if you wish. This will result in extra moist chops with a pulled pork-like consistency and their own sauce ready to serve. Consider adding a little barbecue sauce, prepared salsa, lemon juice, teriyaki sauce, hard cider, apple sauce or dry white wine.

Step 6

How to Cook Pork Chops in a Crock-Pot
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Place the lid on the Crock-Pot and set it to cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, or on high for 4 to 6 hours. Leave the contents undisturbed until it's time to eat.

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