Crock Pot Maple Dijon Pork Chops

by jenna on July 28, 2014

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For the past few months I have been rather obsessed with making pork chops in the slow cooker.

Pork chops.

I don’t know why it’s pork and not chicken or beef, but ever since Adam’s mom was in town right after Grayson was born and cooked us the most amazing pork chops, I have been addicted. Pork chops are not only super versatile, but also usually pretty affordable. I love to pick some up at the store to throw in the freezer for quick filling dinners.

There’s so many ways to cook pork chops — my absolute favorite way is a Nigella Lawson recipe that involves hard cider, a lot of cream and gnocchi on the side — but lately I have {obviously} been using my slow cooker a lot. I thought I appreciated that thing before, but as a new mom I have to say it’s the best kitchen appliance ever invented. The evenings are still Grayson’s fussy time, which means mama has maaaaaaaybe 20 minutes to throw together dinner before a meltdown occurs.

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These pork chops are a spin off another recipe I’ve been making a lot lately, maple bourbon pork chops. Well, I ran out of bourbon so I used mustard and man, did they ever turn out good! Adam gobbled these up at record pace and ate what little leftovers we had for breakfast.

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I know we all love those slow cooker recipes that just involve dumping everything in the pot and pushing cook, but please trust me here when I say it makes a difference to sear the meat on the stove first! Only then can you get that great caramelization that occurs. You can still prep this in under ten minutes and it’s worth it to drag out one more pan, I promise.

Happy Monday everyone!

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Crock Pot Maple Dijon Pork Chops

serves 2-3

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Ingredients:

2 large bone-in pork chops

1 large yellow onion, chopped

3 tbsp pure maple syrup

2 tbsp dijon mustard

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Directions:

Heat up the oil in a large skillet over high heat. When hot, add the pork chops and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Sear both sides of chops over high heat (about 2 minutes per side) then transfer to your Crock Pot.

Lower the heat to medium low and add the onions. Cook until onions are just starting to soften then add the cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 more minutes and then pour sauce over chops in the slow cooker.

Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Serve chops drizzled generously with sauce.

Time:

active time ~ 10 minutes

total time ~ 7 hours

 

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Tom @ Raise Your Garden July 28, 2014 at 4:02 am

Wow these pork chops look phenomenal! I have to say I’m overall not a big pork chop fan but it’s because they aren’t prepped right. Utilizing the crock pop with the maple syrup and mustard I might become a fan after all!

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Bri | Bites of Bri July 28, 2014 at 4:21 am

I love my slow cooker but I never thought to try pork chops. I’ve tried a few other pork varieties but I’ll definitely have to try pork chops. This recipe sounds fabulous :)

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Beth July 28, 2014 at 4:58 am

looks wonderful but i dont have a slow cooker. What is your recommendation for finishing them on the stovetop or in the oven?

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Beth July 28, 2014 at 5:03 am

These look wonderful but I don’t have a slow cooker. What is your recommendation for finishing them on the stovetop or in the oven?

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jenna July 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

You could use a dutch oven if you don’t have a slow cooker. Just do all the prep then put in the dutch oven with the lid secure and cook at 275 for about 3 hours.

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Megan November 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I flaked out and didn’t prep my slow cooker. I used a cast iron grill skillet, seared the chops them removed to a plate, sautéed the onions with a little more oil, then added the chops back. I sort of heaped onions on them. I poured the liquid over, covered with foil, and baked at 350 for about 30 minutes. I used away thermometer, so the time could vary depending on the thickness of the chop. It was still quick and easy

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Molly @ Yes to Yolks July 28, 2014 at 5:34 am

Mmm, I love pork chops…especially when mustard is involved! I have two more months to go until I’m a first-time mom, so I have been stocking up on the slow-cooker recipes/freezer meals for sure. I’ll definitely be adding this one to the list!

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Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen July 28, 2014 at 5:42 am

These pork chops look fantastic! Love it.

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jenna July 28, 2014 at 6:39 am

With the breakdown of my 20 year old crockpot, I recently purchased a new crockpot that also functions as a stove top. [insert happy dance]

It has three functions, stove top, crockpot and steam.
But the ability to sear off meat or veg prior to turning it to crockpot mode [deducing dishes to an all time low] has been life changing.

The one I purchased was a Ninja brand – though I’m sure there are others out there. I’ve been super happy with my purchase and the sticker shock helped by watching for some good sales.

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Sophie July 28, 2014 at 6:56 am

Jenna,
Do you think it will be too tough if I do it with boneless pork chops? Our grocery store doesn’t carry organic bone in :( and I happen to have a think of pork chops in the fridge. I love the crock pot approach. I have an 18 month old and I’m starting to feel like I have a baby again, because he constantly wants to “help.” I love that I could prep these during nap time! Thanks

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jenna July 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Nope! I think boneless would be fine. Just reduce the cooking time a bit. :)

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Angel Reyes July 28, 2014 at 7:10 am

Nice! I gotta try then!

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erin @hooleywithaz July 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

this is SO up our alley! i am loving stuff like this (easy, throw in the slow cooker, and go). hopefully we are buying our deep freeze this week so i can start stocking up on pork chops and frozen meals!

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Shauna July 28, 2014 at 7:30 am

Yum! Do you think it would work to throw in a few veggies – carrots and /or ? As a working mom I love meals that are all-in-one.

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jenna July 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I’d throw in some thickly chopped carrots at the beginning. Serve with a green salad and you’re done! :)

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Sophie July 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

Jenna,

Do you think these would work with boneless porkchops? Our grocery store doesn’t carry organic bone-in porkchops….plus I already have some in the refrigerator :) I love the idea of doing them in the slow cooker. I can prep during nap and enjoy knowing that dinner is already made!!

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jenna July 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I do! You might want to reduce the cooking time a bit (check after 5 1/2 hours) but yes – boneless is perfectly fine.

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Sophie July 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

Sorry! Didn’t mean to comment twice. Didn’t know it went through!

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marcie July 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

I absolutely need to make these! I love pork chops, and I’m really getting in the mood for some fall flavors like apple, which these chops would be perfect with. Pinning. :)

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Jen July 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

Oh My Godness!!
I’ve never made one of your recipes so fast or so furious! I could kiss you.
My second son is 6 months old and has finally started going down for a nap without being held in the morning. I totally forgot about the slow cooker!!! DUH!
Haven’t cooked an actual recipe in forever. My husband is going to be so excited tonight!!
Thanks Jenna!

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Matt Robinson July 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

Greatest pork chops ever, love these. And so easy!

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Julie July 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

My husband doesn’t like maple, any other suggestions?

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jenna July 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Try honey instead!

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Heather July 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

Looks fantastic! I love how pork chops get so tender in the crock pot!

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Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner July 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

These look awesome! But I have to admit, I looked up the Nigella recipe almost immediately; looks like a winner. :)

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Laura @ She Eats Well July 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

I love love love pork chops too! They are a great, fairly quick and versatile dinner meat. I will be making this soon! Thanks for sharing.

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Pam July 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I love my slow cooker! Maybe this is a way to get my hubby to eat pork chops, they always come out dry any other way.
New recipes looking good, woot!

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Rachel @ Rachel's Cottage House July 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

This pork chop recipe looks so delicious, and, easy! I tried a wonderful recipe from Martha Stewart’s PBS show Everyday Food. Here’s the link: http://www.marthastewart.com/312971/pork-chops-with-bacon-and-cabbage
You might enjoy it also because you make everything in one pan, and it takes under an hour! :)

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Jordan July 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Yes! This is just the recipe I have been looking for… I have some pork chops I need to use and have been completely lacking any creative ideas for them. This sounds so delicious, and Crock Pot? Doesn’t get any better!

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lindsey July 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

This sounds so, so good! You’re still taking great pics, I commend you!!!

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Alexa Schirm July 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm

These look amazing! I love a good piece of pork but tend to fear drying it out. It is a tricky type of meat to cook for sure. Great idea for throwing them in the slow cooker! Can’t wait to try it out.

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Katie sB July 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Looks amazing!!!!

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Paula July 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Looks amazing, I’m going to try this!

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Laura July 29, 2014 at 4:37 am

This looks so good! I have never been a big pork fan, but lately I cannot get enough! We went to Puerto Rico in the beginning of July and I ate as much mofongo with pork as humanly possible! I’m definitely going to pick up some pork chops next time at the grocery store :)

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Jessica @ www.myhealthypassion.com July 29, 2014 at 6:20 am

I go to the beach next week…I may have to add this to our menu! Sounds amazing, especially after a day of fun in the sun!!

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A. July 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

thaaanks for the idea! dinner is saved ;-)

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Jaime July 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm

This recipe is in my slow cooker as we speak! It smells great!

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Grandma Honey July 30, 2014 at 12:22 am

I got the ingredients tonight and they are going in my crockpot in the morning! Thank you. One question though….since it’s just 2 pork chops what size crockpot did you use?

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Angela July 31, 2014 at 5:22 am

Can you recommend a Dijon mustard? I was literally just thinking I need to put pork chops in the crock pot last night and poof- I finally read some blogs and find this– it must be a sign!!

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Emily @ Life on Food July 31, 2014 at 9:39 am

Saving for later. This sounds so good!

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Rebecca July 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I made these last night and put lots of chopped greens ontop so everything cooked together in the slow cooker. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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Anne August 5, 2014 at 7:56 am

Long live the crock pot. Such a great cooking device for hot weather! I cook up pork butt and tear it apart and use it in bbq pork on a bun, I cook a chicken and use it in salads, all ideas that help me put meals on the table without heating up the kitchen are good ideas.

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Pam August 5, 2014 at 10:44 am

I, too, have developed a crock pot pork chop obsession lately! I was delighted to see a new way to prepare them. I made this last night and it was delicious! We’ll defnintely be having these again. Thanks for sharing!

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Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK August 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Mmm. You had me at mustard. This looks amazing.

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Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures August 7, 2014 at 5:58 am

Yea for easy crock pot meals!

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Caitlin @ teaspoon August 7, 2014 at 6:06 am

Pork chops were on sale today and I just bought some with no ideas in mind. Perfect timing stumbling across this! I am sans slow cooker at the moment though, hopefully covering it with foil and baking it will get the same effect!

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Frank Brown August 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

This looks wonderful. I love anything pork. If I cooked more chops at one time, would that increase the cooking time?

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SAO October 22, 2014 at 5:41 am

I cooked 4 chops when i did these. My slow cooker seems to cook hotter then normal but I cooked mine for 6.5hrs and they came out perfect! Not dry at all and cooked all the way. Hope this helps.

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Katie August 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Can’t wait to try! I read your blog all of the time, I’m not a big commenter, but, I can’t wait to try this new recipe!
xoxo

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Rachel August 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I’d like to report these are great with bone-in chicken pieces, too! I just tried the recipe that way because my family doesn’t eat pork… the sauce is amazing.

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K August 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I am making these for dinner tonight and my kitchen smells SO GOOD! In your recipe, you wrote’ dijon mustard’ … but in the picture, it shows the stone ground mustard and I see it on the pork chop in your finished pic too … I just used regular dijon mustard because that is what the recipe called for and I didn’t remember seeing the stone ground in the pics – do you prefer using the stone ground rather than just the plain dijon mustard? Making roasted broccoli to go with these amazing pork chops tonight!
Thanks so much for another great recipe – we are trying to limit eating red meat, so this is perfect timing. I’m sure my hubs will love it too! :)

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Lauren September 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

I just made these for the second time in like two weeks. They’re absolutely delicious, so easy, and I’ve been passing along the recipe to so many. I like to serve the chops and sauce over brown rice with a salad on the side. Jenna, you are my go to for reliable recipes!!

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Jay September 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

this looked soooo good and the sauce was. but the pork chops came out disappointingly dry.

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I made these for dinner yesterday. Super easy, tasty sauce, and delicious! Mine were dry like the persons above me but as long as I had some sauce on every bite they were heaven.

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SAO October 22, 2014 at 5:39 am

I made these yesterday for my family. They loved it! Even my 8 yr old who is a picky eater wanted seconds.. :) I followed the directions but put in some ginger and extra onions. Also, I made four pork chops but doubled the receipe. Will be making these again for sure!

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Marilyn Harvatin November 23, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Question: Should the recipe for Crock Pot Maple Dijon Pork Chops be doubled and/or tripled, for four and/or six large bone-in pork chops? How should I do that?

Thanks!
Inexperienced Cook, But Trying

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SandraM December 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

Not having a good week and was looking for something easy for dinner (low prep) and I found this crock pot recipe. I have just put it in the crock pot and it smells good.

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SandraM December 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Follow up. This was delicious…and I’m not a huge fan of pork chops generally! Thanks so much for this recipe. I have tagged you on instagram with my finished chops.

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Tina December 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

Sorry, tasty but the chops were very dry after cooking so long. The sauce was good. I think I’ll just shred the meat a mix it with the sauce.

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