Nothing goes better with pork than apples. These apple pork chops are super easy in a crock pot and are tasty enough to leave them asking for more.
Publisher note: Updated for the fall apple season. Originally published November 9, 2013, and in need of some re-editing of photos and text. Some bonus information on apples and pork chops have been added. Please enjoy this simple, tasty recipe.
Start with some pork chops. I used 1-inch slices of pork loin. A touch of salt and pepper and a good brush of Dijon and honey. Then slow cook for 6-7 hours until fall-apart tender.
This is somewhat of a backward rating. My wife gave it a 5. I’m a solid higher-4. My loin chops I felt were little dry, and higher fat pork chop would correct this (hence my 4). My wife could have eaten another.
Let’s Talk Pork Chops
Many things can be called a “pork chop, ” but some are not really what you want. Thinks to marketing, things are a bit confusing with many names for the same cut of pork.
Things called sirloin, blade or steak are just not what you want. So in the diagram above, you want the middle three and neither end. Bone-in is fine, but I tend to use boneless in crock pot situations.
I like to cut my “pork chops” from whole pork loins. That would be called a center cut loin chop. These are 1 inch thick. Whole pork loins go on sale frequently and are a great bargain.
Let’s Talk Apples
A lot seems to be made of what apple to use for this or that. I believe it is more a matter of individual taste. So probably the apples you have is fine other than Red Delicious or Macintosh. Here is a handy-dandy chart that is very well done by a hospital.
I think an apple that is firmer and tarter is the best choice here. So if you are buying apples just for this recipe, then some good choices are Cortland, Granny Smith, and Ida Red.
Use apples of your choice other than Red Delicious or Mackintosh.
Peel and slice two medium apples or one large. Thinly slice 1/2 of a medium onion.
Combine one tablespoon each of Dijon mustard and honey. Place in microwave for about 10 seconds on high. Then mix well.
Lightly salt and pepper the chops to taste. Brush the chops with the honey mixture.
Place in a small crock pot (I used 3.5 qt). Cover evenly with the onion and the apples.
Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
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November 9, 2013
September 24, 2017