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Crock Pot Pork and Apples

Well, well, well. Here we are in 2013. I feel like it’s going to be good…really good. I think it’s safe to say that I have a lot going on this year and I’m excited to get going! Adam and I are still in Texas visiting with friends and head back to California tomorrow. We’ve both been gone for three weeks and I can’t wait to get back in the normal groove of things. My body is itching for some yoga {or, let’s be honest— any physical activity at all} and some green juice after all these holiday shenanigans. I’m sure many of you feel the same way!

I like to follow up the holidays with a nice easyyyyyyy dinner in the crock pot.

I made this actually before I left for Christmas, but I’m sure I’ll make something else like it again tomorrow when I get home. After spending so much time in the kitchen and entertaining others {Morgan and I have been cooking up a storm this past week!}, it’s just really nice to have a low stress meal like this that literally takes five minutes of prep time.

The great thing about this dish is that it’s easy, comforting and delicious. I love the flavor combination of the apples, onions, brown sugar and spicy mustard with the pork. It’s a keeper.

The bad thing is that it’s really not photogenic. Please forgive me. I tried everything in my power to make this dish look as delicious as it tastes, but no cigar. I hope you’ll just take my word for it.

Happy New Year, friends!! I can’t wait to share this next year with y’all. You guys really are the best thing.

Crock Pot Pork and Apples

serves 4-6

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Ingredients:

1.5 lbs pork chops

3 sliced apples {gala works nice}

1 yellow onion, thinly sliced

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp spicy mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the pork chops at the bottom of your crock pot. Cover with remaining ingredients, place the top on and cook on low for about 6 hours. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste right before serving.

Time:

active time — 5 minutes

total time — 6 hours

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92 Comments

  • Reply
    Joelle ( on a pink typewriter)
    January 2, 2013 at 4:16 am

    How did you mnkw I was planning on making pork tonight? Despite being unphotogenic, I still think this looks yummy! Do you think I could use a pork roast instead of chops?

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 2, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Happy New Year to you too Jenna! Safe travels back to CA and have fun getting your yoga on. There’s definitely plenty of that on my agenda for 2013!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    January 2, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Pork is a New Year’s tradition around here. Of course, we include sauerkraut, but apples look good as well. πŸ™‚ And I think your pictures turned out great!

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    January 2, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I’ve made an oven version of this with the addition of SAGE! It was really good!

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    Jessica
    January 2, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Do you think I could sub maple syrup or agave nectar for the brown sugar? Looks yummy!!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
    January 2, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Perfection! This looks delicious, Jenna!

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    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}
    January 2, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Thanks for sharing! Looks perfect for those of us who are struggling with motivation to cook after the holiday season.

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    morgan
    January 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

    i feel like i am always taste it. thanks for sharing!

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas
    January 2, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Some of the best tasting food is the least photogenic, I totally know that one! haha. I can see how tender everything is just by looking at the photo. Mmm!

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    Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit
    January 2, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This sounds amazing and I love that the prep is so quick and easy. As a complete photography amateur, it’s so nice to know that even the pros (you’re a pro in my book!) have a hard time photographing certain dishes. It helps me think that maybe it’s not just my lack of skill sometimes. Hehe. πŸ˜‰ I wish you and your husband a wonderful last day in TX and safe travels back to CA tomorrow. Happy New Year! πŸ˜€

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    Deanna - Coach Calorie
    January 2, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I just made a dish with baked apples last night, but this one looks so much better πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing it!

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    a farmer in the dell
    January 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

    you cannot go wrong with pork in the crock pot! so tender and good. I love the combinations you have going on. Apple, brown sugar, spicy mustard. YUM! Happy New Year!

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    Andrea @ Mrs Webb in the Kitchen
    January 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Yum! What an interesting flavor combo! Definitely pinning this one for later!

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    MichSmith
    January 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Yum! I’m going to make this next week (once the holiday leftovers are finally gone) with a pork tenderloin that’s in the freezer! Thanks for sharing!

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    Mary @ Bake Break
    January 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Yum! What a nice, easy, ingredients list! This sounds perfect after a cold day in the snow!

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    janetha
    January 2, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Loving the sweet but savory aspect in the recipe.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    January 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Apples in a crock pot make your house smell so delish – I love them like that!

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    Amber @ Mommy's Me Time
    January 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This recipe looks so yummy! I will definitely be making it this week! LOVE the idea of easing into the new year with a no fuss recipe! Thank you!

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    Caroline L.
    January 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    This looks wonderful! Sweet & savory, yum! πŸ™‚

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    Makenzie Ann
    January 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Happy New Year Jenna! I may have to try this one as I’m returning to reality (college!) tommorrow πŸ™‚ it looks like a good, easy college meal to me….but very unique too! Thanks for sharing!

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    January 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I’m sure I’ll be making this at some point. I love slow cooker meals, especially ones with minimal ingredients. Thanks for the idea! πŸ™‚

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    Tami@nutmegnotebook
    January 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Brown foods don’t photograph well but you still managed to make this dish look tasty!

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    Annie
    January 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I have thinly sliced pork chops. Will these work in the crock pot?

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      jenna
      January 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

      Yes- but I would decrease the cooking time to 4 hours

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    Claire L
    January 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! My family loved it too. It was perfect – I threw everything in the crock pot in less than 15 minutes, left to run errands all afternoon, and had my main dish for supper ready when I got back! The only thing I changed was substituting our home-raised goat steaks in for the pork, which worked marvelously. This one’s in my favorites bookmarks section. Thanks, Jenna!

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    Moni @ {Moni Meals}
    January 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Sounds great!! Love fruit with savory meals.
    Easy too!
    Safe travels back. πŸ˜‰

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    TiAnn | Bliss From Scratch
    January 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    What a perfect wintery dish! I must confess that I love your blog, it’s definitely one of my very favorite food blogs in the entire blog-universe. Your unique writer’s voice and lovely photos inspire me.

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    Amanda
    January 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

    making this!

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    Cori
    January 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Just wondering – what does Adam do for work? I totally don’t rememeber if you’ve mentioned it before.

  • Reply
    Taylor
    January 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Just put all the ingredients in the crockpot. Excited for tonight’s dinner, thanks Jenna!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    January 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Just put this in the crockpot, can’t wait for dinner tonight:-)

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    Kristin @ FoodFash
    January 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I could always use a new crockpot recipe! #rockthecrockpot

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    Molly
    January 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Just put it in the crock pot too! This might be the first thing I have seen on a cooking blog that my whole family will eat! I am very excited…I usually just dream about your recipes b/c of my family of pick eaters! I will be back to let you know how it went down! THANKS!

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    Kate
    January 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Great timing! My new year’s resolution is to get a crock pot and learn to use it. Will definitely be browsing your recipe archive πŸ™‚

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    domonique @ a bowl full of simple
    January 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

    just made your crock pot pulled pork for sliders on new years day. SO yum! will definitely be a regular in our house now. thanks again jenna!

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    Sonal
    January 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

    This looks so easy and delicious! πŸ™‚ I need to get a crock pot!

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    Ashley
    January 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Dumb question but can you leave a crock pot cooking all day when you’re not at home? I am looking to buy one, but work all day and wouldn’t be home to keep an eye on it.

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      jenna
      January 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Yep! You do!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    January 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Yum, sounds so moist and perfect for after all the butter and sugar that has been going on for the last couple weeks!

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    Alyssa Frost
    January 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Hey Jenna! I was just reading a the Jan/Feb issue of Muscle and Fitness Hers and you were mentioned! Go figure!

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    Jessie
    January 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Just ate this for dinner and it was delicious; both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it!! I recently started reading your blog and I’m not a big cook (my husband usually does the cooking), so I appreciate that you often post recipes that are easy to follow and not overly complicated. I plan to try a few more soon! Thanks a bunch, and happy new year!

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    Kelly
    January 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    This looks like a delicious meal! Perfect for the season and the wintery weather. Austin is so cold right now…I will making this over the weekend for sure. Thanks Jenna!

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    Jenn
    January 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Made this for my dinner company and everyone loved it! Thank you yet again for another healthy and delicious meal πŸ™‚

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    Grandma Honey
    January 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I put this in the crockpot late this morning, and it was perfect at 5:30. And the house smelled SO good all afternoon while it was cooking away. We love this, and it’s going on our regular rotation of meals. Thank you Jenna!

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    Carley
    January 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Time to buy a crockpot!

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    Emma @ Stripes and Snapshots
    January 4, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Hi Jenna, This recipe looks so tasty! Do you think you’d be able to freeze it? I live on my own and I’m not sure I can 4-6 portions so quickly. Appreciate your help – Thank you x

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    skylor (sprout lifestyle)
    January 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Everyone’s been telling me to get a crock pot. This may be my ticket to doing so!

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    Leslie
    January 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I am going to try this this week, its looks delicious!! I am going to try with a pork tenderloin though. Thanks for the recipe!

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    pamela
    January 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but are these supposed to be bone-in or boneless chops? Thanks!

    • Reply
      jenna
      January 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      I used boneless but it doesn’t matter!

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    Laurel
    January 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    This went straight into the crockpot for dinner after reading this recipe the other day. It was delicious! Quick and easy. I’ve been sick the past few days and haven’t felt like doing any prep work in the kitchen for meals. The preparation for this could hardly be called ‘work’. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for a great meal that takes no time at all!

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    Leslie
    January 7, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I made this for my boyfriend and I last night. I used a pork tenderlion instead of the chops and it turned out great. I think my boyfriend was definitely in love, he kept “Mmmm, Mmmming” the whole meal. Thanks for a winner recipe! πŸ™‚

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      Leslie
      January 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      It came out perfect with a pork tenderloin! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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        Leslie
        January 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        Oops, I posted this under the wrong Leslie!

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    Paolo
    January 7, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Sure good but visit my site for more recipes about pork loin πŸ™‚

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    adrienne
    January 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    just made these today for my husband- he really enjoyed them! i do have a question though- there was quite a bit of watery liquid at the bottom of the crock pot after the 6 hrs on low, yours looks much more syrupy in the pictures. do you think it was just my apples or did i do something wrong? i may just try to reduce the liquid on the stove …

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    Jenny
    January 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I made this today with a whole loin instead of chops (because that’s what I had in the freezer) and it was really great! I cook pork loin a lot and this is my new favorite recipe. Thanks so much! And, my husband and 2-year-old daughter loved it as well. I love finding healthy recipes for the whole family.

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    January 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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    Jenny
    February 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I’m making this for dinner tomorrow– should I peel the apples?

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    nina
    June 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    This was a fabulously tasty recipe and so simple to make! I lightly seasoned the chops with salt and pepper on both sides and slit them on the edges before placing them in the crock pot and used honey-mustard because I didn’t have the spicy mustard. My chops were larger and so I had to layer a couple on top. The top ones didn’t get as tender, so I removed everything from the pot and my husband and I ate the ones that turned out perfect. The other chops I placed back in the pot to cook another hour. Next time, I will use a large casserole dish and cover and bake them in a slow oven so all the chops cook evenly. Or I might buy smaller chops for the crock pot!

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    Sue
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    I made this for dinner yesterday and think it may be the easiest “real” dinner I’ve ever prepared. My boyfriend was thrilled to come home to it after a long day at work. (He works in a busy restaurant so the last thing he wanted to do was make himself a meal at 1am.) I will definitely make this again. I used 3 chops (came to about 1.8 lbs) and they fit nicely on the bottom of my crock pot. Next time, I may throw in more mustard and I also like the idea of adding fresh sage as suggested by Molly @ RDexposed above. Thank you, Jenna!

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    Question: Do I mix all the ingredients together or just put them on top of the porkchops seperate?

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    Michelle
    November 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Looks great! Does this need any liquid? Maybe some broth? Never cooked in the crock pot without liquid and wondering if it burns

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      jenna
      November 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

      nope! no liquid needed for this one πŸ™‚

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    January 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I Googled: pork chops, apples, slow cooker. This easy recipe popped up. I didn’t mind the picture, the ingredients are everything my family enjoys. In the crock with 6 hours to go, I am sure it will be great.

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    jenna k
    January 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    jenna! I just made this while I was at work today (my 5 hour Sunday shift is finally perfect for something!) I layered my thin cut chops and onion, then some diced potatoes and baby carrots, and topped it off with the apples. I used honey mustard because that’s all I had. When I walked in the door at the 5 hour 50 minute mark, I almost hot the floor. It smelled amazing. And then I tasted it…. I hovered over the crock pot for five minutes before I could put my fork down. I make several of your recipes regularly, and this one just gave them all a run for their money.

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    Jean
    June 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Looks so good!!! Would this taste as good with beef instead of pork? Also would the cooking time still be 6 hours or a bit longer?

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    jennifer
    October 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

    This is currently in my slow cooker for dinner tonite to go along with a sweet potato casserole. Already smells amazing! I love anything with mustard and brown sugar! Thanks and bon appetite!

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    Beatrix Franks
    February 21, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I can attest to the fact that this is a seriously tasty recipe.
    We had some special visitors last weekend so I gave it a go.
    Your instructions were so great and it didn’t take as long as
    I thought it would to get ready. Thanks for the amazing recipe

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