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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jennifer's Week Three Recipe - Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker

I declare this week to be Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Week... although Tricia's recipe was for week 2, not 3. Hmm. Well, I guess it isn't Slow Cooker/Crock Pot week.

Anyway, this week's recipe came from Link to it is ... here.

Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker

6 boneless pork chops (Mine had bones because that's what I had on hand. Honestly, I think they have a better flavor, but that could be in my head.)

1/4 cups brown sugar (I used between 1/3 and 1/2 cup, explanation below)

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 cup soy sauce (I used 1/3 because, frankly, that's what was left in the bottle.)

1/4 cup ketchup (I used a bit more than 1/3, again explanation below)

2 cloves garlic, crushed (I used the equivalent in garlic powder since I did not have fresh garlic on hand and was not going to run to the store for a head of garlic.)

salt and pepper to taste

1. Place pork chops in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over pork chops.

2. Cook on Low setting for 6 hours, until internal temperature of pork has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Would I make this again? Considering that NOTHING was left after my guys got to it, yes. I simply served it with rice and it was a hit. Next time I may throw a vegetable for a side to go with it. I was on a tight schedule this evening and had to eat before Chad got home and dash out the door as he walked in. I felt a meal in the Crock Pot was better than the guys having a frozen pizza or fast food for dinner, even if we did not get to eat together.

Explanation concerning the sauce: I used the above recipe as more of a guideline than anything. In fact, I think that if you made the sauce as written and compared it to what I made, they could be considered completely different recipes. It started with me being short on soy sauce, which was actually OK because a 1/2 cup seemed like an awful lot to me and would provide a very salty flavor. I also did not add any additional salt. I added more ketchup than the recipe calls for because Erik loves ketchup. Really. That is exactly why I did it. I probably put in more than a teaspoon for ground ginger - I didn't measure and I like ginger. Same with the garlic. I put in the called for amount of brown sugar and then tasted the sauce. It was far too salty for my tastes. More sugar went in. Then, taking the advice of some of the reviewers, I added some honey (not sure how much, just squirted it in until it felt like the right amount). Then I got even more creative and added some Worcestershire and Sweet Baby Ray's (again with the not measuring). Chad and Erik both loved the sauce and I think my Crock Pot is going to see a lot of pork chops like this.

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