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Pork chops, the thick-cut ones, have always posed a culinary challenge for me. 

They’re either too dry or not done, causing me to scramble for another entrée.

I was recently at one of my favorite stores and saw them on sale.

My momma didn’t raise a quitter, so I threw a package into my cart! 

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 Rather than try several recipes I found online, I decided to wing it.

Here’s what I did.

 

Pork Chops Easy Prep:

 Fill your slow cooker with one cup of water, along with some seasonings, mustard, Worcestshire sauce, and steak sauce. (A recipe card follows this post.) 

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Unwrap the pork chops and place them on a cutting board you use ONLY for meats! This is important, because using the same board for raw meats and fruits/veggies can set you up for a nasty illness. 

Using either a meat mallet or a skillet, hit the chops repeatedly. The purpose? You’re breaking down some of the meaty fibers that can lead to toughness, even in a slow cooker.

Trust me: I’ve tried without the smashing method. It’s not a good outcome. 

After several smashing sessions, add the chops to the slow cooker, ensuring that they are under the water/seasoning mixture. 

 

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Cook on high for 2 ½ to 3 hours, checking for doneness beginning at 2 ½ hours.

What I discovered was a tender, juicy chop that had an excellent, but mild, flavor.

I was pleasantly surprised that I had devised a way to cook chops without them being tough and chewy or raw.

For a nutritious and colorful side dish, I oven-roasted baby carrots, purple cabbage, and Brussels sprouts in olive oil and Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, for 50 minutes in a 425 degree oven.

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Oven temperatures can vary, so check your veggies for doneness beginning sooner than 50 minutes. 

Delicious all the way around!

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Juicy and Tender Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Tired of thick-cut pork chops that are dry or simply not done all the way through? This is the recipe for you: tender, juicy, and done!
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Ingredients
  1. Thick-cut pork chops
  2. 2 c. veggie broth (I used organic.)
  3. 1 t. mustard
  4. 1 t. steak sauce
  5. 1 t. Worcestshire sauce
  6. 1 t. Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute (an all-purpose seasoning blend)
Instructions
  1. With a meat mallet or skillet, tenderize the chops by hitting them several times to break up the meat fibers.
  2. Combine broth and seasonings and cover thick-cut pork chops in a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 3 - 3 1/2 hours, checking for doneness at the 3 hour mark.
Notes
  1. Serve with oven-roasted veggies of your choice!
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