Crockpot Pork Chops With Spiced Apples

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Juicy, tender pork chops combined with the sweet and tangy flavor of Granny Smith apples, all brought together in a simple crockpot recipe.

close up view of crockpot pork chops cooked with apples.

Crockpot Pork Chops and Apples

A hearty fall meal you'll love. Sweetened spiced apples served with perfectly cooked pork chops.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Serving Size 3 servings

Equipment

  • 1 Slow cooker

Ingredients 

  • 2-3 bone-in pork chops About ½” Thick
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable Oil
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ cup brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup apple cider

Instructions 

  • Prep the pork. Season both sides of porch chops with kosher salt and black pepper. Dredge each pork chop in the cornstarch, ensuring they are fully coated. Shake off any excess.
    breading pork and sauteeing in pan.
  • Sear the chops. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and sear on each side for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown. (You can core and slice the apples while they are browning.) Remove from the skillet and set aside.
    crockpot insert being layered with apples, sugar, and spices.
  • Assemble in slow cooker. Place the seared pork chops into the slow cooker. Top with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and sliced apples. Pour the apple cider over everything.
    crockpot filled with pork and sliced apples.
  • Cook and serve. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 3 hours, or until the pork is tender and cooked through. Serve the pork chops warm, with a generous serving of the apples and sauce spooned over the top.
    finished dish on wood counter.

Notes

Do not choose thinner chops, they will overcook in the slow cooker.
Any kind of apple is fine, but sweeter apples will result in a sweeter sauce and you want to slightly reduce the sugar. 

🍴about the ingredients

ingredients on wood counter.

You’ll need the following for this easy dinner recipe:

  • Bone-in pork chops
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple cider
close up view of crockpot pork chops cooked with apples.

🥫 Storage instructions

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Want to freeze it? No problem! Allow the dish to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. This can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just defrost overnight in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.

🔍 FAQs

Can I skip the searing step?

While it’s possible, searing the pork chops first locks in the flavor and gives them a delicious crust. It’s a step I highly recommend.

Can I use a different type of apple?

Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite variety, but keep in mind sweeter apples will result in a sweeter sauce.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Choose thicker bone-in pork chops. Thin ones will overcook in the slow cooker.
  • While searing, avoid crowding the pan to achieve a proper sear.
  • Adjust the sugar to your preference based on the sweetness of your apples.

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🍽 Serve it with

This dish pairs wonderfully with a side of mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a simple green salad. A glass of crisp white wine or spiked apple cider would also complement this meal wonderfully.

finished dish on wood counter.
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  1. 5 stars
    This was really good! I had four massive thick pork chops so I increased the brown sugar and cider to about 1/2c each. After searing the meat (I used bacon grease instead of oil), I deglazed the pan with an onion and added that to the crockpot with the apples. Definitely don’t skip the searing and salt your meat well before searing and everything will be great! I wish I would’ve left my apples in a little bit bigger chunks just because the ones underneath cooked apart so much. Made it less pretty looking but still very tasty and that’s what counts, right?! 🙂 Thanks, I needed a taste of fall since I’m so tired of the 100 degree summer heat and this did it for me!