Easy, flavorful and fall-apart-tender, you have to try this recipe for Crock Pot Pork Chops! They're seasoned with French Onion Mix, caramelized onions and Worcestershire sauce. And served with a delicious gravy, made right in the slow cooker!
Add the butter to a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat.
Once the butter has melted, add the onions and caramelize for 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute.
Transfer the onions and garlic to a slow cooker.
Rub the french onion mix on the pork chops.
Add the pork chops to the skillet that the onions were cooked in and sear for 2 minutes per side.
Transfer the pork chops to the slow cooker.
Add the beef broth, worcestershire sauce and fresh thyme to the slow cooker.
Slow cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 7-8 hours.
After the pork chops are cooked, open the slow cooker and remove the thyme sprigs.
Remove the pork chops and place them on a plate or cutting board, cover tightly with foil.
If the slow cooker is not already set to high, turn the temperature to high.
In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water.
Add the cornstarch mixture to the slow cooker and stir to combine, cover and allow the gravy to cook together for 5 minutes.
Either serve the pork chops immediately, topped with the french onion gravy from the slow cooker, or place the pork chops back in the slow cooker with the gravy until ready to serve.
Right before serving, garnish the pork chops with the parsley, if you'd like.
Pork Chops: you might find several different types of pork chops at the grocery store. For this recipe, I used bone-in pork loin chops. I recommend bone-in pork chops because they are more flavorful and can help prevent the pork chops from overcooking. That being said, you can use boneless pork chops in this recipe, if that's what you prefer.
Why do you sear the pork chops before slow cooking them? Searing the pork chops helps caramelize the outside of the meat, adding a depth of flavor and color to the pork chops that otherwise would not be possible.
Do I have to make the gravy? Nope! If you'd like to skip the gravy, you can simply serve the pork chops straight from the slow cooker and skip the step of adding the cornstarch and water to the liquid in the slow cooker.
Can I use frozen pork chops to make this recipe? I do not recommend adding frozen pork chops straight to the crock pot, as there is a risk of the meat cooking unevenly and causing foodborne illness. Instead I recommend thawing the pork chops either 1-2 days in advance in the refrigerator, or in the microwave using the defrost setting.