Slow Cooker Apple Pork Chops Recipe -
Slow Cooker Apple Pork Chops Recipe
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Slow Cooker Apple Pork Chops

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"A sweet and tangy, affordable and easy recipe. Simple and loaded with veggies. Does not have an overpowering flavor, kid approved. Browning pork chops is an important step, don't skip! I add meat tenderizer to any slow cooker meat, you do not need to add salt, the tenderizer and broth add plenty. Use fresh ground nutmeg! Great with boiled potatoes alongside."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs 10 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins


  1. Heat the canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and brown outsides of the pork chops thoroughly, about 5 minutes per side.
  2. Mix together the apple juice, cider vinegar, chicken broth, brown sugar, meat tenderizer, garlic powder, nutmeg, ginger, and black pepper in a slow cooker, stirring until the brown sugar has dissolved. Place the pork chops into the liquid. Top the chops with apple, onion, and cabbage. Set the cooker on Low; cook 4 to 5 hours, turning the chops over in the sauce once or twice. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a chop should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 17, 2012

I don't usually buy pork chops because I really don't like the usual chewy texture. I also don't make many meat dishes in a slow cooker because I don't like the mushy texture. I wanted to find a way to use pork chops because they are frequently a good buy and voila - success! I wish these were more visually appealing, they really do taste better than they look! I put the cabbage on the bottom of the slow cooker so that the chops weren't in direct contact with the hot crock for real slow cooking. Then I put half of the onions and half of the apples under the chops and half on top. IMPORTANT NOTE: I THINK THAT THE DRYNESS OTHERS HAVE FOUND MAY BE DUE TO THE TIME GIVEN FOR BROWNING THE CHOPS. Five minutes per side will cook the chops through at that medium high heat. That creates a dry, tough pork chop. Heat the oil over high heat, then brown for about two minutes per side. You only need to create a nice brown sear. They chops will finish cooking in the slow cooker. Add the liquid to the pan and stir to deglaze. You don't want to leave that flavor in the pan. Be sure to use fresh, flavorful spices. I might try a little less vinegar next time and maybe a little more brown sugar. But, with less searing time, this is a good recipe to serve an affordable and tasty meal to your family.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 28, 2010

The pork chops were dry and the cabbage/apple/onion slaw did not taste good. I followed the directions as stated. The best part about the meal was the mashed potatoes I served on the side. I will not make this again.

Nov 09, 2010

My husband and I made this, thought it was pretty good. Since it was only the two of us we only made 3 pork chops. But, used the same recipe since the other reviews said the chops were dry we thought this would be okay. Turned out well. The pork chops werent too dry and they fell apart with your fork. Very yummy and easy fall dish!

Sep 30, 2010

I made this exactly as the recipe read except I didn't use the cabbage. We found it bland and the meat turned out dry. Won't make it again.

Nov 10, 2010

I have not made this recipe yet but I think the others who have may simply need to adjust the amount of liquid being used - if your crockpot is larger than the traditional 6 quart style or very new and powerful, you have to add more water to make sure the pot is at least half-full for the whole time, or everything will overcook. I will try this and check back!

Nov 04, 2011

For a pork dish , it was very easy and flavorful. I did make two small changes.. no meat tenderizer as it makes a lot of people sick. Also, added a half of head of cabbage and let it all cook till the pork chops were tender.

Dec 02, 2013

I was looking for a way to make a cheap cut of bone in pork chop taste better. This recipe did the trick. I did not use the cabbage or meat tenderizer and I cut back on the sugar a bit. I would recommend a little less cider vinegar as well. The recipe made cheap meat fall right off the bone and taste much better than it had when I just pan fried it in olive oil with salt & pepper. The meat was tender and the apples & onions along with the pork made a nice topper for the noodles that I served it with. I would make this again and add a coating of flour to the chops for a thinker sauce. All in all, my husband and I liked it and this was pretty good for such a cheap cut of meat!

Dec 13, 2014

Apples, cabbage, and whole pork loin were on sale so I went looking for a recipe using all 3 and found this. Since many reviews complained of dry meat and a lack of flavor I decided to cut a roughly 2 lb roast off my whole loin instead of cutting chops, and I doubled the spices. I did not use meat tenderizer, and did salt and pepper the meat before browning it on all sides. The meat was so tender and delishious. The cabbage was flavorful. I would make it again just as a roast not as chops.


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  • Calories
  • 337 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 73 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 17.5 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 27.9 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 333 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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