Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Slow Cooker Pork Chops is one of the easiest meals you can make. It requires only two ingredients – pork chops and teriyaki sauce, then cooked in the crockpot until tender and succulent.

I love slow cooker recipes, because I usually add all the ingredients to it, and leave it for hours to do its magic. The meat always turns out flavorful and very tender. My other popular slow cooker recipes are Slow Cooker Peach PorkSlow Cooker Pot Roast with Red Wine, and Slow Cooker Short Ribs.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops in Teriyaki Sauce

Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Slow Cooker Pork Chops is what I call a hearty and comforting meal. This dish is always a huge hit with my family and friends, and it is also very budget friendly. All you need is some good bone-in pork chops and teriyaki sauce, for a delicious and mouth watering dinner.

For this recipe, I used bone-in pork chops which are on the thicker side. I used pork chops about 1-1 1/2  inches thick. You can also use thinner cut pork chop, but the cooking time should be reduced because the meat will be a bit dry. Also, the bone-in pork chop is optimal for this recipe, as it has an extra flavor from the bone, and when cooking at the longer time frame, the meat turns out tender and juicy.

Once you have your pork chops, place them in the slow cooker and add the teriyaki sauce. Cook the pork chops for 4 hours in the slow cooker, for best pork chops meal ever.

What is the secret to make juicy Slow Cooker Pork Chops?

The secret starts with the pork chops. For ultimate results follow the guidelines below:

Try not to use thin cut pork chops

  • Using thin cut pork chops can result in dry meat. Since the pork chops will be cooked for a longer period of time in the crock pot, the meat tends to dry out if it is thin cut.
  • Best alternative to cooking the thin cut pork chops would be cooking them on the stove top. Once cooked, top them with teriyaki sauce at the end.

Using boneless pork chops

  • You want to have nice and thick boneless pork chops when cooking them in the crockpot. It will result in tender and juicier meat.
  • Similarly, the thick cut boneless pork chops cook very quickly and are usually done in 2-2 1/2 hours. So make sure to check on them when you hit the 2-hour mark.
  • You know that the pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

For best results use thicker, bone-in pork chops

  • This is your go-to category for the ultimate meal. Using bone-in pork chops will result in a flavorful and tasty meal.
  • Similarly, the bone-in helps insulate the meat and keep the chops tender, juicy and very moist.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops in Teriyaki Sauce

How to make Slow Cooker Pork Chops?

  • Before cooking, make sure the pork chops are dry. If needed, dry them with a paper towel on both sides.
  • Before adding them to the slow cooker, you can brown the pork chops in a skillet, for 2-5 minutes per side. They should have a nice golden brown color on them. If you are short on time, you can skip this step.
  • Next, spray the slow cooker with some oil, and add the pork chops to it.
  • Pour in the teriyaki sauce and cover. That’s it!
  • For bone-in thick pork chops, you will need to cook them for about 6-7 hours on LOW, or 3-4 hours on HIGH. For boneless pork chop the cooking time will be about 4-5 on LOW, or 2-3 on HIGH.

How do you make your own Teriyaki Sauce?

If you would rather use homemade teriyaki sauce instead of store-bought, use this version to make your own.

Teriyaki Sauce ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 14 cup cold water

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce instructions:

  1. First, place a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Next, add all the ingredients, except for the last two: cornstarch and water.
  3. Stir to combine and cook until the sauce starts to simmer. Stir and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. In a cup, mix cornstarch and cold water to dissolve.
  5. After, add cornstarch and water mixture to the saucepan, whisking well until sauce thickens.
  6. Heat until sauce thickens to desired thickness. If the sauce is too thick add more water little by little.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops in Teriyaki Sauce

Can I cook Pork Chops in the oven?

  • Before cooking, make sure the pork chops are dry. If needed, dry them with a paper towel on both sides.
  • Before putting them in the oven, you can brown the pork chops in a skillet, for 2-5 minutes per side. They should have a nice golden brown color on them. If you are short on time, you can skip this step.
  • Next, transfer the browned pork chops to a baking dish. Pour the teriyaki sauce on top of them, and cover with foil.
  • Bake them at 350 degrees F for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Finally, you know that the pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

Can I use chicken instead of pork?

Chicken is a great alternative to pork in many recipes including this one. If you plan on using chicken, it is best to use chicken thighs, with or without the bone. Both versions will work perfectly here. I also like to brown the chicken thighs before adding to the slow cooker. Check our the Slow Cooker chicken version here.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS?

CAN YOU FREEZE SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS?

Before freezing, let the sauce from slow cooker cool completely. Next, transfer into freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags and add the pork chops. Then, label with the date, and freeze for up to 3-4 months, or longer if you use a deep freezer.

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops Recipe Tips

  • For a spicier kick, you can add some sriracha or chili flakes
  • Teriyaki sauce can be replaced with BBQ sauce if desired
  • Similarly, you can use general tso or orange sauce
  • Add some chopped parsley or green onions at the end for a fresh flavor. If you don’t have parsley on hand, you can omit it, or substitute sliced green onions.

Tools used to make this recipe:

  • Crockpot – very reasonably priced and definitely a kitchen must-have if you are busy.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops Recipe Step-by-Step Video:

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 pork chops
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 4 hours Total time: 4 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 4  bone-in pork chops 
  • 2 cups  store bought teriyaki sauce  (see homemade version in the post)

Cornstarch Mix:

  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup  cold water 

Instructions

  1. Before cooking, make sure the pork chops are dry. If needed, dry them with a paper towel on both sides.
  2. Next, spray the slow cooker with some oil, and add the pork chops to it.
  3. Pour in the teriyaki sauce over the pork chops and cover. That’s it!

  4. For bone-in thick pork chops, you will need to cook them for about 6-7 hours on LOW, or 3-4 hours on HIGH. For boneless pork chop the cooking time will be about 4-5 on LOW, or 2-3 on HIGH.
  5. It would be great if mid cooking, you can scoop some of the sauce onto the pork chops.

Cornstarch Mix:

  1. In a cup mix cornstarch and water until fully combined, with nu lumps.

  2. If you would prefer the teriyaki sauce to be thicker, add the cornstarch and water mix to the slow cooker for the last 30 minutes of cooking. Gently stir, and spoon the mixture on top of the pork chops.

  3. Garnish with sesame seeds, green onions when parsley when serving.

Calories: 431 Carbohydrates: 26 Protein: 43 Fat: 15 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 116 Sodium: 5613 Potassium: 905 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 20 Calcium: 68 Iron: 3.5
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Karly

Can't get any easier then this! Pinning!

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Sabrina

I love how easy this is to get on the table! Looks like it might become a family favorite!

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Demeter

Slow cookers are such a life saver when it comes to dinner. So easy!

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Chrissie Baker

I just happen to have these ingredients so am going to make it tonight for dinner – – if I can wait that long!

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Jacque Hastert

What a great, easy, and delicious meal to make on busy weeknights. I know my family would approve of this one.

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Melanie | Melanie Makes

A great idea for a busy weeknight!

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