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Sweet & Spicy Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

Krogers in our area have pork loins on sale for $1.97/pound. That’s a deal and I use a lot of pork loin, especially now that I’m making Canadian Bacon. By the way, while at Kroger, I checked the price of Canadian Bacon and it was $3.99 for 6 oz. or . . $10.64 per pound. Let’s see . . would I pay $10.64 for storebought or would I pay $1.97 per pound and make my own, which I think tastes better?

For grilling pork chops, I like to cut them into 1″ slices for Vince and about 3/4″ for me. From a pork loin that was about $12, I cut 7 packages of pork chops, each containing a chop for me and a chop for Vince so the price came out to $1.71 per meal for the pork. Not bad!  That’s why I buy almost all the meat we buy when it’s on sale. It’s a huge savings. Even the pork in the freezer from the pig we buy at the youth fair ends up costing more than this.

For one of the loins, I cut it in half, put the other half in the freezer and cut some very thick chops since they were going to be pressure cooked.

Pork Chops

Pork Chops

I seasoned those with cajun seasoning and browned them in the Instant Pot.

Chops

Chops

Once they were brown, I removed them from the pot, added one chopped onion and about 8 cloves of garlic to the pot and sauteed those for a few minutes. The pork chops were added back, along with a sauce I had made and it was all cooked together for 4-1/2 hours using the slow cooker feature of the Instant Pot.

Pork Chop Sauce

Pork Chop Sauce

As you read through the ingredients I used, which was just basically what I saw and what looked good, think about things you could add. 

  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Maybe leave off the brown sugar and add pineapple, maybe in sweetened juice, or maraschino cherries.
  • Cinnamon

I knew that I wanted to serve this over rice so I wanted it to be subtly sweet but more along the lines of a gravy.

Pork Loin

Pork Loin

It was delicious and Vince kept saying .. do you think you can remember exactly what you did so we can have this again? Do I remember anything? NO!  So, here it is before I forget.

Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker
Cooked in the Instant Pot. Deliciously tender pork with a hint of sweet, a hint of sour and a bit of spice!
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Ingredients
  1. 6 thick cut pork chops or about 3 pounds pork loin, trimmed and sliced into 6 thick chops
  2. Cajun seasoning - we like Slap Ya Mama
  3. 1/4 c. olive oil
  4. 1 onion chopped
  5. 6 - 8 cloves garlic - I left them whole but you can chop them
  6. 1/2 cup soy sauce - low sodium is a good choice because the cajun spices may have salt
  7. 2 T. Sriracha - or whatever amount sounds good to you
  8. 2 T. grated fresh ginger
  9. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  10. 3 T. apple cider vinegar
  11. 2 T. spicy brown mustard
  12. 3 T. cornstarch
  13. 6 - 8 green onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. Season the chops and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and garlic (if desired).
  3. Beginning with the soy sauce and using the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the cornstarch, mix together in a bowl to create the sauce.
  4. Add the olive oil to the pot and saute or brown the chops.
  5. Remove the chops, add the onion and garlic and cook about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chops back to the pot.
  7. Pour the sauce over the chops.
  8. Place the lid on the pot and set to "slow cooker" and cook for 4-1/2 hours or until the meat is done and tender. I aim for an internal temp of at least 150. These chops are not going to dry out so if they go a bit over, that's ok.
  9. Remove the pork to a plate and allow to cool slightly.
  10. Change the pot settings to saute (or pour the liquid into a pan to be used on the stove top).
  11. Stir the cornstarch into 2 T. of cold water and stir til smooth.
  12. Add the cornstarch mixture to the hot liquid and whisk til smooth. Allow to continue cooking til gravy thickens.
  13. Shred or thinly slice the pork. I shredded it with two forks. Place the meat back into the gravy and allow to simmer just until the meat is heated. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if the gravy gets too thick.
Notes
  1. We had this over rice with a side of asparagus. It would be great with the rice and only a side salad.
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Fabric Report – Week 13, 2015

I think I can just copy my fabric reports for the rest of the year and nothing will change . . unless I make a point to make it change!!

Nothing in and nothing out.

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 7.75 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Yards to Goal: 192.25 yards
Net for 2015: 7.75 yards used