Maple Dijon Crock Pot Pork Chops
Juicy Maple Dijon Crock Pot Pork Chops are coated in the most delicious sweet and savory sauce, then cooked in the slow cooker until tender and bursting with flavor. This is my new favorite dinner recipe that’s super easy, but tastes and looks so impressive!
For the past few months I have been rather obsessed with making pork chops in the slow cooker.
I don’t know why it’s pork and not chicken or beef, but ever since having the most amazing pork chops at a local restaurant, I have been addicted. Pork chops are not only super versatile, but also usually pretty affordable. I love to pick some up at the store to throw in the freezer for quick filling dinners.
There’s so many ways to cook pork chops — my absolute favorite way is a Nigella Lawson recipe that involves hard cider, a lot of cream and gnocchi on the side — but lately I’m all about easy dinners and using my slow cooker as much as possible.
And, I know, we all love those slow cooker recipes that just involve dumping everything in the Crock Pot and pushing cook, but please trust me – it makes a huge difference to sear the meat on the stove first! Only then, can you get that great caramelization that occurs. This dish can still be prepped in under ten minutes and it’s worth it to drag out one more pan, I promise.
What’s needed to make Maple Dijon Crock Pot Pork Chops?
Just 5 key ingredients is all you need and you’re well on your way to an amazing dinner! Here’s everything you need to make some super tasty crock pot pork chops:
- Oil. You’ll need a tablespoon of avocado or olive oil to sear the pork chops and cook the onions and sauce before adding it all to the Crock Pot.
- Pork chops. This recipe calls for 2 bone-in pork chops. You can use boneless, but bone-in pork chops tend to be juicier. The bone helps to insulate the meat and keep it moist. More on pork chops, below.
- Yellow onion. For delicious savory flavor! You can omit, if you’re not a fan of onions.
- Sauce. This sauce, guys, is amazing! It’s a simple mix of apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. There’s plenty to drizzle over the pork chops, and also whatever side you pair with them. It’s so good over rice or mashed potatoes!
Guide to choosing the best pork chops for the slow cooker:
Pork chops are a leaner cut of meat, so if you’re not careful, they can easily dry out due to overcooking. Unlike fatty cuts of meat, you can’t leave them in the Crock Pot to slow cook all day, but follow these steps and the Crock Pot can be a great method for cooking pork chops.
Use thick-cut pork chops.
For this recipe you’ll want to use thick-cut pork chops. My pork chops were about 1 1/2 inches thick. I would not recommend cooking thin-cut pork chops in the slow cooker. The low-and-slow cooking method of the slow cooker really works best with thicker, more marbled cuts of meat.
If you’d like to use thin-cut boneless pork chops, you are better off cooking them on the stovetop, then topping them with the maple dijon sauce at the end.
Use bone-in pork chops.
Bone-in pork chops definitely work best for the low-and-slow cooking of a Crock Pot. Be aware that thick-cut boneless chops still cook quickly and will only take about 2-hours on low. If your slow cooker runs hot, check even earlier.
The more marbled and fatty your pork chops are, the more tender they will be. Also, the bone in bone-in pork chops will help to insulate the meat and keep the pork chops moist.
How to make Crock Pot Pork chops:
These slow cooker pork chops may look all elegant and fancy, but they’re really so easy to make. Here are the details, but for the full, printable recipe, reference the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Sear pork chops. Add pork chops to a hot pan and sear both sides for about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the Crock Pot.
- Sauté onion and cook sauce. In the same pan, cook onion until it’s just beginning to soften, then add the apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes and then pour onion mixture over pork chops in the slow cooker.
- Slow cook ingredients. Cover and slow cook pork chops for about 5 to 6 hours on low or possibly less time, if the pork chops are boneless or thinner.
- Serve. Once cooked, plate with a generous amount of sauce and pair with your favorite sides. This dish goes exceptionally well with rice or mashed potatoes and veggies.
Pro tip: According to the FDA, pork chops should be cooked to at least 145ºF to be safe. But can be cooked all the way to 160ºF for well done. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. I pull my pork chops out of the slow cooker when they are at 140ºF, then cover them with foil and let them rest for 5 to 10 minutes. This is my top tip for maximum flavor and juiciness!
TIPS FOR THE PERFECT crock pot pork chops
Even though this pork chops recipe is really quite simple, here are a few tips for best results.
- Searing the pork chops before adding them to the slow cooker is optional, but HIGHLY recommended. It brings a lot of extra flavor to the meat. It’s well worth the extra time!
- To avoid dry pork chops, do NOT use lean, boneless pork chops. Also, be sure to check them early, especially if it is your first time making pork chops in the slow cooker. For your first batch, I recommend doing it on a day when you are home and can check on the meat more frequently. When in doubt, check the meat early to ensure it stays nice and tender.
- This pork chops recipe feeds about 2 adults and maybe 1 small child. If you are feeding more people, you can easily double the recipe.
- Recommended cooking tools. If you’re in the market for a new Crock Pot, this is my favorite one. And this is a great thermometer to use when cooking.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH maple dijon pork chops
Pork chops pair perfectly with so many different sides! We love this dish served with a side that can really soak up any of that amazing sauce that might be left on the plate! Potatoes, mashed cauliflower, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, rice or cauliflower rice are all tasty choices.
- Storing leftovers. Refrigerate leftover pork chops in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
- Reheating. Gently rewarm pork chops in the air fryer or oven at 350 degrees F, in the microwave, or in a skillet on the stove.
- Leftover tip. Cut up leftover pork chops into small pieces and use the meat in quesadillas, over nachos or mixed with black beans and rice to create tasty wraps.
Maple Dijon Crock Pot Pork Chops make for a fabulous dinner that can be on the table with very little effort. Your whole family will approve of this one!
MORE FAVORITE SLOW COOKER RECIPES:
If you love using the Crock Pot as much as I do, be sure to give some of our other favorite slow cooker recipes a try!
- Slow Cooker Ham
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Vegetable Beef Soup
- Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
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Maple Dijon Crock Pot Pork Chops
- 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
- 2 large thick-cut bone-in pork chops, about 1 1/2-inch thick
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. When hot, add the pork chops and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Sear both sides of pork chops over high heat (about 2 minutes per side) then transfer to your Crock Pot.
- Lower the heat on the stove to medium-low and add the chopped onion. Cook until onions are just starting to soften, then add the apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 2 more minutes and then pour the onion mixture over pork chops in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on LOW (this recipe does not work well on high) for 5 to 6 hours. (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours LOW for boneless chops.)* Pork chops can dry out easily, so be sure to check them early, especially if it is your first time making pork chops in the slow cooker. Once cooked, plate pork chops and top with a generous amount of maple dijon sauce. These are great served over mashed potatoes or rice or alongside your favorite vegetable sides.