My slow cooker hasn’t gotten as much of a workout this summer. I haven’t spent as much time outside so I’ve neglected the poor thing! But I’m making up for it with my Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Chops!These pork chops turn out so tender and delicious and I don’t have to spend a lot of time getting everything into the slow cooker! They’re a family favorite and I know you’ll love them!
Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Chops couldn’t be easier to make!
A little mincing, a little measuring, and you’re ready to throw it in the slow cooker and walk away. That’s my kind of cooking! It takes only about 15 minutes of prep work. And there aren’t a lot of ingredients either. I always have all of them on hand so I don’t even have to shop!
I minced a large shallot.
Then I minced a couple of nice, big cloves of garlic.
I combined them in a large bowl and added thyme.
Next I added pure maple syrup. This is not the kind of maple syrup you pour on pancakes! If you can find Grade B maple syrup buy it!
Balsamic vinegar is my next addition to the mix.
I spooned in Dijon mustard.
Then I added olive oil. I used the extra light but any olive oil works.
Finally I added salt, pepper, and some cayenne pepper for a little kick!
Everything gets whisked together so the flavors combine. I like to make this mixture at least an hour before I start the slow cooker and let it sit blending together.
I put a little of the maple mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker and then add the pork chops. The rest of the maple mixture I pour over the pork chops.
Then I simply set the slow cooker on low and walk away for 3 hours. If you’re using really thick pork chops you may need to let it cook a little longer.
Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Chops come out so tender you can cut them with a fork. And that slightly sweet but tangy flavor is just wonderful!
I serve Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Chops with my Super Simple Spicy Green Beans and mashed potatoes.
Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Chops turn out fork tender and juicy. They're a little sweet and a bit spicy. And they're so easy to make! You're going to want to make this dish a regular part of your dinner rotation!
- 1 shallot (large), minced
- 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup (not the pancake syrup!)
- 3/4 balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 large pork chops (I use bone in)
- Whisk everything but the pork chops in a large bowl until well combined.
- Pour a little of the liquid in the bottom of a slow cooker then place pork chops on top, and pour the remaining liquid over the pork chops.
- Set slow cooker on low heat and cook for 3 hours. Very thick pork chops will take a bit longer.