Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops

Slow cooker BBQ pork chops are not just delicious but also incredibly convenient, especially on those busy days. With about 10 minutes of effort required upfront, you can set them to cook and forget about them until they’re ready.

slow cooker pork chops on a plate with mashed potatoes.

Slow cooking allows the flavors to meld together beautifully, resulting in tender, juicy pork chops with the smoky sweetness of barbecue sauce. So, if you’re looking for a hassle-free, mouthwatering meal that will leave you satisfied, slow cooker BBQ pork chops are the way to go!

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. As always, the opinions are honest and are all my own. 

What We Love About This Recipe

  • It’s incredibly easy to prepare. Mix the few ingredients, set in the slow cooker, and you’re free until dinner. It’s a favorite way to get dinner ready.
  • The flavors are rich and deep. Slow cooking gives the pork chops a savory, smoky taste that’s hard to resist. It’s always a great option.
  • It’s versatile. You can serve these pork chops with a variety of side dishes and ingredients, making it a perfect fit for any meal. Grab some buns and make this a shredded pork dish. It’s definitely a good way to get people to the dinner table.
  • It supports Iowa farmers. We love pork chops around here, and the kids ask for them often. One of the great things about fixing pork for your family is that you are supporting farmers in Iowa and across the United States. When you buy pork products, it can have positive ripple effects, including supporting small businesses and creating jobs.

Nutrition in Pork

I have two teenage boys, and they can eat a lot. Feeding them pork is not only delicious, but it’s a great way to make sure they get plenty of protein that they need. Pork also has plenty of potassium, magnesium, vitamins B6 and B12, and many more nutrients, which are all good for getting and staying healthy. Pork has 46% protein in a three-ounce serving.

Be sure to read more nutrient information and the benefits of pork over at Iowa Pork.

crock pot pork chops on a plate with broccoli

Ingredients

  • Thick cut boneless pork chops
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and black pepper

A full printable recipe with measurements and instructions is listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Steps for Making BBQ Pork Chops

Four pictures of steps for making Crock Pot bbq pork chops
  1. Add a small amount of barbecue sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add one layer of pork chops along the bottom. 
  3. In a small bowl, add the barbecue sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce and mix well.
  4. Pour half of the sauce over the pork chops.
  5. Place the rest of the pork chops on top of the others and pour the remaining sauce on top.
  6. Close the lid and cook on low for 8 hours or until the pork chops are tender. 
Crockpot bbq pork chops on a plate with broccoli

Variations

  • Add a dry rub for extra flavor.
  • Make it spicy with a dash of chili powder or cayenne pepper.

Tips

  • For thicker sauce, use a cornstarch slurry in the last 30 minutes of cooking. You can create a thick BBQ gravy to pour over the pork chops.
  • Ensure the internal temperature reaches 145°F for safe consumption. Because you are cooking the pork chops on low heat for 8 hours, you will end up with very tender pork chops.
  • You can either shred the pork chops or take them out whole.
  • Bone-in pork chops are another option when making this meal. Just be sure to take out the bones before eating.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • If you don’t have any garlic or onion powder, you can use minced garlic and diced onions for the recipe.
  • If you don’t want to use Worcestershire sauce or don’t have any on hand, you can substitute it with soy sauce for a similar flavor.
flavorful pork chops on a plate.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat the pork chops, preheat your oven to 325°F. Place the pork chops in an oven-safe dish, pour a few tablespoons of chicken broth in the bottom, and cover with aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out. Reheat for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Again, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.

How Do You Know When The Pork is Done Cooking?

You can use a digital meat thermometer to check the internal temperature to determine when the pork chops are done cooking. Be sure to stick it into the thickest part of the pork chops for a more accurate reading. Pork chops are safe to eat when they reach an internal temperature of 145°F.

Dish Pairings

This is one of those easy dinner ideas that goes with just about anything.

  • Serve with a side of mashed potatoes or green beans for a classic combo.
  • A light side salad drizzled with Italian salad dressing.
  • For a heartier meal, serve with potato salad or transform into pork sandwiches with extra BBQ sauce and some toasted buns. You can also add some coleslaw on the side.

Slow cooker barbecue pork chops are such an easy recipe and perfect for the whole family. The next time you’re wondering what to make for dinner, remember this foolproof recipe that’s sure to become a family favorite. Be sure to tell me your favorite thing about this fork-tender pork recipe in the comments below.

slow cooker bbq pork chops on a plate.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Discover the ease of making tender BBQ pork chops in your slow cooker. Perfect for busy days! Click for the recipe and transform your meals.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 thick cut boneless pork chops
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (your favorite)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Add a small amount of barbecue sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker to keep the pork from sticking.
  2. Next, add three of the pork chops along the bottom.
  3. In a small bowl, add the apple cider vinegar, barbecue sauce, garlic and onion powder, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce and mix well.
  4. Pour half over the pork chops.
  5. Place the other three pork chops on top and pour the rest of the sauce on the chops.
  6. Close the lid and cook on low heat for 8 hours or until the pork chops are tender.

Notes

You can use bone-in pork chops, but be sure to pull out the bones before eating.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1466mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 37g

Nutrition is approximate.

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