Do you have strong feelings about pork chops? For the longest time, I viewed them with skepticism bordering on contempt, a sentiment I blame on the rubbery, dry pork chops of my youth. Here to restore pork chops to a level of culinary favor: moist Crock Pot Pork Chops.

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Forget the hockey puck pork chops you’ve suffered in the past.

After perfecting Grilled Pork Chops, Air Fry Pork Chops, and Stuffed Pork Chops, I have another recipe for tender, saucy chops.

Today, we’re talking about how to make crock pot pork chops.

We’ve all been there: dry pork chops are a meal we’ve all suffered through at least once.

It’s not easy to feign enjoyment when your chops require that you grind your knife across the tough, lackluster meat to score a bite.

This slow cooker pork chop recipe changes everything—they’re fork tender and will have everyone at your table polishing their plate (as will these Smothered Pork Chops).

two plates of slow cooker pork chops with green beans

5 Star Review

“This was amazing! Pork chops were moist, and the bbq sauce added great taste…..even as a gravy for mashed potatoes. Easy. I’ll be making this a lot!”

— Cindy —

The BEST Pork Chops for Slow Cookers

Part of the reason pork chops often turn out dry and tough is that they are a leaner cut and thus easily prone to overcooking.

Unlike fattier cuts of beef or pork (as used for Crockpot Ribs), you can’t leave pork chops to cook all day.

To cook them low and slow, choosing the right type of pork chops for the job is imperative.

Avoid Thin, Boneless Pork Chops

  • I made this mistake the first time I cooked this recipe. I grabbed thin-cut boneless chops thinking I could just cook them for less time and they’d be fine, right? WRONG.
  • By the time thin-cut pork chops are finished cooking in the crock pot, they will be dry, no matter how diligently you check them. The low-and-slow cooking method of the slow cooker demands thick-cut pork chops.
  • If you’d like to use thin-cut boneless pork chops, you are better off cooking them on the stovetop and topping them with BBQ sauce at the end.

Best Option: Thick-cut, Bone-In Pork Chops

  • Low-and-slow cooking works best with marbled cuts of meat, like bone-in pork chops.
  • Look for chops 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch thick chops with a good amount of marbling and fat for maximum tenderness.
  • To make this a healthy crock pot pork chops recipe, you may trim away some of the fat without sacrificing moisture. The bone will help insulate the meat and keep the slow cooker BBQ pork chops moist.

Back-up Option: Thick-Cut Boneless Pork Chops

  • If your store doesn’t carry thick, bone-in pork chops, you can prepare boneless pork chops in a slow cooker. Just make sure you select THICK boneless chops to ensure they do not dry out.
  • Be aware that thick-cut boneless chops still cook quickly—mine were done when I hit the 2-hour mark on LOW. If your slow cooker runs hot, check even earlier.
sliced juicy crockpot pork chops on a plate

How to Make Crock Pot Pork Chops

For an easy crock pot pork chops recipe (without cream of mushroom soup) that’s fork-tender, look no further.

Here’s everything I know to prepare the best slow cooker pork chops you’ll ever try!

More Crock Pot Favorites

If you love the convenience of the slow cooker as much as we do, don’t miss my list of the Best Crock Pot Recipes, which includes more slow cooker pork recipes.


The Ingredients

  • Pork Chops. If you’re looking for another lean, healthy, and flavorful protein to serve, look no further than pork chops. As mentioned before, THICK pork chops are key to making the best-ever crock pot pork chops.
  • Onions. I loved making these crock pot pork chops with onions. The onions melt into the sauce and give the tender pork chops extra flavor (like my favorite Baked Chicken Thighs).

Market Swap

Another yummy option is crock pot pork chops and potatoes. Add a few diced Yukon gold potatoes to the crock pot instead of (or along with) the onions.

(If you don’t want to cook vegetables in the crockpot with the pork chops, Oven Roasted Potatoes or Brussels Sprouts Casserole are other tasty ways to incorporate veggies.)

  • Barbecue Sauce. Since this recipe has so few ingredients (like Crockpot BBQ Chicken), every one of them matters, especially the BBQ sauce. Choose your favorite store bought sauce to keep this meal easy and breezy (no one will ever complain about crock pot pork chop Sweet Baby Ray’s style) or go all out with my my favorite Homemade Barbecue Sauce, which is ready in 15 minutes and worth the effort.
  • Garlic Powder + Onion Powder. Easy ways to season these tender chops.
  • Cornstarch. Thickens up the sauce before serving your tender, moist crock pot pork chops.

Substitution Tip

If you don’t have cornstarch, you can thicken the sauce with arrowroot powder.

  • Green Onions. An optional garnish that adds a final flourish of color and zip to the finished dish.
easy slow cooker boneless pork chops

The Directions

seasoning pork chops before cooking in a crockpot
  1. Season the pork chops on all sides.
a crockpot with thinly sliced onions on the bottom
  1. Spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce in the bottom of a lightly greased crockpot and top with the onions.
three thick pork chops with the bone in a crockpot
  1. Add the pork chops.
smothered bbq crockpot pork chops
  1. Spread the remaining sauce over the chops, then cover and cook until tender and juicy.

Pork Chop Cooking Times

Your cooking time will vary based on your specific slow cooker, the thickness and fat content of your pork chops, and whether you are using bone-in or boneless chops.

  • Bone-In Pork Chops: Cook on LOW for 5 or 6 hours.
  • Boneless Pork Chops: Cook on LOW LOW for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.

For your first batch, I recommend doing it on a day when you are home and can check on the chops more frequently.

Consider these instructions a starting point and not concrete law.

a platter of juicy crockpot pork chops without canned soup
  1. Let the pork rest.
juicy bbq crockpot pork chops ready to serve
  1. Add a slurry of cornstarch and water to the slow cooker with the remaining sauce. Whisk, cover, and set to HIGH. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.

TIP!

To thicken the sauce faster, pour the bbq mixture into a medium saucepan or large skillet and thicken it on the stovetop.

  • Whisk in the slurry, then cook on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring often until the sauce thickens.
  1. Serve the chops topped with the thickened sauce and a sprinkle of green onion. ENJOY!
a plate of easy crockpot pork chops sliced to show juicy meat

When are Pork Chops Fully Cooked?

  • The USDA says that pork chops should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Because the temperature of meat rises as it rest, I recommend removing pork chops from the slow cooker when they reach 140 degrees F; cover them with foil, and let them rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • The carryover cooking finishes the job, and you will have much juicier results (I use this same tip with my Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Crockpot Pork Roast).
  • An instant-read thermometer is a serious help when cooking any kind of meat or seafood. It’s the best way to know when your food is ready and safe to serve.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Crockpot pork chops may be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • To Reheat. Very, very gently rewarm leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop or in the microwave. 
  • To Freeze. Freeze pork chops in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

Leftover Ideas

Serve leftover crock pot pork chops on buns for a tasty barbecue pork sandwich or over a bed of greens for a BBQ pork salad.

a plate of moist and juicy easy crockpot pork chops on a plate with green beans

What to Serve with Crock Pot Pork Chops

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

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This 6-quart model is the perfect size for just about any crock pot recipe and has a lockable lid for easy transportation to any potluck.

Crockpot pork chops bone in recipe on a plate with bqq sauce

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Leave a rating below in the comments and let me know how you liked the recipe.

Are there any recipes you didn’t love as a kid (hello, Homemade Hamburger Helper and Turkey Meatloaf) that you’ve been wanting to retry?

I’m excited that thanks to these crock pot pork chops, we have one more recipe we can put back on our “YES” list!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Put Frozen Pork Chops in a Crock Pot?

No. Do not put frozen meat of any kind in a slow cooker. Since crock pots cook low and slow, frozen meat will take longer to cook than meat that is fully thawed. This fact is less about timing than it is about food safety. Frozen meat in a slow cooker may linger at an unsafe food temperature for too long during cooking allowing harmful bacteria to possibly grow. Always thaw your meat completely before adding it to a slow cooker.

Can Crock Pot Pork Chops Be Made in the Oven?

I’ve never tried making this pork chop recipe in the oven, so it would be a complete experiment. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes! (If you’re looking for a great oven pork recipe, try this Baked Pork Tenderloin.)

Can I Cook Crock Pot Pork Chops on High?

No. I do not recommend cooking pork chops on HIGH in a slow cooker. For tender, juicy chops, cooking on LOW is truly the best method.

Why Are My Pork Chops Tough?

No matter what, pork chops made in the slow cooker, while still fork tender, will be a little chewy. It’s because unlike Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, which is made with a fattier cut of meat (usually pork shoulder), pork chops are lean.
My honest advice: adjust your expectations. As long as you don’t overcook them, these crock pot BBQ pork chops are deliciously tender, easy to cut, and a great option for an easy, filling meal.

Crockpot pork chops bone in recipe on a plate with bqq sauce

Crock Pot Pork Chops

5 from 11 votes
The BEST crock pot pork chops with BBQ. Tender, slathered in barbecue sauce, and easy to make, try with bone-in or boneless pork chops.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 3 hrs

Servings: 4 –6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds THICK-CUT (1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch-thick) boneless pork chops or bone-in pork chops* about 4 pork chops (do not use thin-cut boneless chops—just don't)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (try my recipe for homemade bbq sauce)
  • 1 small yellow onion thinly sliced
  • tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water to make a slurry
  • Chopped green onion optional for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle on both sides of the pork chops.
  • Lightly coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. Spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce over the bottom, then scatter the onions over the sauce.
  • Add the pork chops, overlapping somewhat as needed.
  • Spoon the remaining sauce over the chops so that each has a nice amount on top. Cover and cook on LOW (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours for boneless chops and 5 to 6 hours on LOW for bone-in chops).**
  • Remove the pork to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm while you thicken the sauce.
  • Add the slurry to the slow cooker with the remaining sauce.*** Whisk to combine, cover the slow cooker, and set to high. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending upon your slow cooker.
  • Serve the pork chops hot, topped with the thickened sauce and a sprinkle of green onion.

Notes

  • *INGREDIENT NOTE: Please, please DO NOT use ultra-lean, thin-cut boneless pork chops in this recipe. Even if you check early, the meat will still be dry by the time it reaches a safe internal temperature. Learn from my mistakes and buy thick-cut!
  • **COOKING TIP: Your cooking time will vary based on your specific slow cooker, the thickness and fat content of your pork chops, and whether you are using bone-in or boneless chops. For your first batch, I recommend doing it on a day when you are home and can check on the chops more frequently. My thick (1 1/2-inch) boneless chops cooked in just under 2 hours. When in doubt, check the meat early to ensure it stays nice and tender.
  • ***THICKEN SAUCE ON STOVETOP: Transfer the sauce to a medium saucepan. Whisk in the slurry, and then cook on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring often until the sauce thickens, 5 to 10 minutes. (If your slow cooker insert is stovetop safe, you can remove it from the slow cooker and place it directly on the burner. Do not do this unless you are POSITIVE your insert is stovetop safe or it may crack).
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate pork chops in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days. 
  • TO REHEAT: Very, very gently rewarm leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop or in the microwave. 
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze pork chops in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 4, using my homemade BBQ sauce recipeCalories: 565kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 37gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 117mgPotassium: 967mgFiber: 2gSugar: 48gVitamin A: 332IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2mg

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  1. I used bone-in pork chops and these turned out perfect!  They were falling off the bone.  Husband and kids approved!5 stars

  2. How about using a Fresh Boneless Pork Center Loin Roast instead of chops. After cooking, slice into individual servings. Should help keep it moist.

  3. When would you put in the potatoes? At the beginning or somewhere into the cooking process? Thanks!

  4. We’re on a low carb diet so I used G. Hughes Sugar Free BBQ sauce, arrowroot to thicken. I’m not sure why your carb count was so high. Must have been the BBQ sauce. We put in radishes instead of potatoes. Excellent for anyone on a low carb diet. Thank you!5 stars

  5. Crock Pot Pork Chops – made this recipe for dinner  & we just loved it. Great flavor & fork tender.  My 5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased to hear that the recipe was a hit, Terry! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

    1. Hi Chasity! I’ve never tried making them in the oven, so it would be a complete experiment. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  6. Hi Erin, have you ever used frozen pork chops and if so how much longer do they need to cook?  Would you recommend thawing pork chops first?

    1. Hi! You’ll definitely want to thaw the pork chops first. As long as they’re completely thawed, you should be able to prepare the recipe as directed. I hope you enjoy it if you try it!

  7. My wife tore up the divorce papers after I made the crock pot pork chop receipe. That’s right! These chops saved my marriage.5 stars

  8. I’ve made this recipe twice and it turned out great! If I double the recipe (about 4 pounds of bone-in chops) how long would you say to cook them for? Thanks in advance!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed the recipe, Cayla! I haven’t tried doubling the recipe before, so I don’t have any specific timing suggestions. It will also depend on the size of the individual pork chops. I’d recommend cooking on LOW and checking them very early (starting around 2 hours) and often to ensure they don’t overcook, then you can increase the time as needed from there. I hope this helps!

    1. Hi Ashley! I’ve never tried making them in the oven, so it would be a complete experiment. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  9. These pork chops are so nice and juicy! I made these for dinner over the weekend while visiting my in-law’s lake house. Recipe was easy to follow. It was so nice to just set the meat in the crockpot and be able to enjoy time at the lake. I had a finish them off in the oven due to time constraints and the meat not being quite done at 2 hours. They were delicious! The family loved the meal! Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  10. I made this recipe and I used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce. It was beyond amazing and my family loved it!!
    Everyone said that they definitely want me to make this recipe again5 stars

  11. Silly question… but how do you keep the pork chops warm if you remove them for 45 minutes while thickening the sauce?

    1. Hi Naomi! Remove the pork to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm while you thicken the sauce. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Sonya! I’ve only tested this recipe out in a larger slow cooker so I am unsure if it would work in a 3 qt. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  12. This was amazing! Pork chops were moist, and the bbq sauce added great taste…..even as a gravy for mashed potatoes. Easy. I’ll be making this a lot!5 stars

  13. I made this and was happy with the results. I did add extra veg to the bottom of the crockpot (sliced carrots and potatoes) and all were perfectly cooked in two hours on low. Without this post,
    I would have cooked them twice as long before checking, (and ruined them!) so I greatly appreciate the advice provided here.
    I would like to try it again using a sauce which is ‘lighter’ in flavour than commercial barbq sauce. Perhaps the barbq sauce is a bit overpowering due to the amount of vinegar it seems to contain. Any suggestions for moderating the tanginess?5 stars

    1. Hi Bonnie! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review! We love the flavor of these pork chops but you might need to play around with the type of bbq sauce that fits your taste. Thanks!