Slow cooked pork chops in barbecue sauce is a great recipe for making slow cooker pork chops super tasty as well as easy! Just perfect for a simple midweek family meal.
These slow cooker barbecue pork chops are such a delicious meal. Just a few years ago I thought I didn't like barbecue sauce. I didn't see what the fuss was about. However, since I started making my own sauce, that opinion has completely changed.
I don't just have one bbq sauce recipe but a few. This recipe is for slow cooker pork chops but I have to say, you could use it on ribs or a different cut of pork, as long as you pick one suitable for slow cooking.
Ingredients for slow cooker pork chops in bbq sauce
To make these slow cooker pork chops you'll need:
- Balsamic vinegar - I have a cheaper bottle of balsamic vinegar that I use for this recipe. Some balsamic vinegars can be very expensive and I prefer to save the expensive one for salad dressings!
- Worcester sauce
- Tomato Ketchup
- Fennel seeds - These add a lovely aniseed flavour to this particular bbq sauce. If you are not such a fan of aniseed you can miss them out or use a smaller amount
- Garlic - You can use fresh garlic, garlic puree or even garlic powder.
- Red and green chilli peppers - I don't use super spicy chilli peppers in this recipe but I do like it to have a bit of heat. Feel free to add a little more for a more fiery bbq sauce. Of course, you can remove the seeds or add less if you want it to be less fiery.
- Soft brown sugar - Brown sugar is better than white sugar as it adds a richer caramel flavour to the sauce.
- Onion - You can use a red or a brown onion.
- Pork chops - Pork shoulder steaks and even ribs work well as a substitute.
How to make these slow cooker pork chops in bbq sauce?
These pork chops are definitely one of my easiest slow cooker recipes. There is no need to pre-cook anything before putting it in the slow cooker. That definitely makes it a quick meal to prepare. You can easily prepare it in the morning, put it in the slow cooker and then come home to a delicious meal in the evening.
I just use a measuring jug and add all the sauce ingredients. I then stir everything together and taste to check that I like the flavour. It will change a little as it cooks but it's good to taste it first too!
It's then just a matter of putting the pork chops and barbecue sauce in the slow cooker together to cook.
When the pork chops are ready, there will be quite a bit of sauce in the slow cooker because of the juices that come out of the chops as they cook. Depending on the kind of slow cooker you have, you may be able to reduce this by changing the setting on the slow cooker. I have a Crock Pot Express Multi Cooker which means I can just switch to the saute/simmer mode to reduce the sauce.
If you can't reduce it in the slow cooker, just transfer the sauce to a small sauce pan and boil it on the hob to reduce.
Why not just use a bottle of barbecue sauce?
I think the reason I didn't use to like bbq sauce was that bottled barbecue sauce is SOOOO different from homemade barbecue sauce. Homemade barbecue sauce is full of flavour and you can adjust the chilli heat or the sweetness so it's just right for you. Personally, I find a lot of barbecue sauce is just too sweet but now that I make it myself I love it!
Why cook the pork chops in the barbecue sauce?
Of course, you can just make the barbecue sauce separately and cook the pork chops separately. However, I love to cook pork ribs or chops in the slow cooker together with the sauce so that they absorb all the delicious flavours. I love how the pork tastes afterwards and the way it just falls apart on the fork.
What can you serve with these pork chops in barbecue sauce?
Certain sides go brilliantly with barbecue slow cooker pork chops. My husband loves homemade coleslaw with his and I love tomato salad and cucumber. I also love crusty bread to dip into the sauce and wipe the plate clean with afterwards too!
It is of course delicious with chunky chips, thin fries or potato wedges!
What can you do with the leftover pork chops and barbecue sauce?
You can serve the leftovers the same way or put them in a sandwich, a quesadilla or even wrap them in an omelette!
By the way, if you just have sauce left over then it is wonderful on top of a jacket potato! Or why not spread it on a pizza instead of using tomato sauce?
Storing the leftovers
Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days and then reheated thoroughly before serving. I usually reheat them in the microwave but you can also reheat them in the oven.
You can freeze them too. Put the pork chops and barbecue sauce in an airtight freezer bag or container. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating thoroughly and serving.
More Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Or if you just want slow cooker pork recipes then how about this slow cooker pork in peanut sauce?
Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Barbecue Sauce
- 40 ml balsamic vinegar
- 20 ml Worcester sauce
- 150 ml Tomato Ketchup
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- ½ red chilli pepper
- ½ green chilli pepper
- 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
- 1 onion chopped
- 4 pork chops
- Use a measuring jug to mix the sauce ingredients so you can easily see how much you are adding. Add all the liquids first and then the fennel seeds, garlic, chillies and sugar.
- Pour a little sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker. Sit the pork chops on the sauce. Sprinkle the chopped onion over the top and then top with the rest of the barbecue sauce.
- Cook slowly on low for 5 hours.
- Take the chops out of the sauce and put the sauce over a high heat to reduce and thicken. It should take a maximum of about 10 minutes.
- Serve the sauce over the pork chops.
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Do let me know if you make these slow cooked pork chops in barbecue sauce. I love to get feedback from readers.