Frugal Foodie Mama: Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork Loin Chops

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork Loin Chops

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The Keeping It Crockin' Cool Crock Pot Week is just starting to simmer on the blog this week. ;)   I will be sharing THREE new slow cooker recipes this week with you all AND a slow cooker recipe round-up post or two!   First up is my Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork Loin Chops recipe that I originally shared on White Lights on Wednesday back in May when I participated in an Old-Fashioned Recipe Swap.

A few months back,  I had some fresh pineapple chunks I needed to use and was brainstorming what I could use them for.  Sweet & Sour Pork came to mind.  But not the breaded, deep fried sweet & sour pork you are probably used to from the Chinese takeout...
These are thick, tender pork loin chops that I slow cooked in a homemade sweet & sour sauce with chunks of fresh pineapple and orange bell pepper.
** Disclaimer:  I did not swipe the plate pictured above from a P.F. Chang's. ;)  I actually picked a few up at a restaurant surplus once years ago.  I swear!

Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork Loin Chops
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours
Ingredients (3-4 servings)
  • 3-4 one inch thick pork loin chops (you could also use thinner chops, but I would reduce the cook time if you do)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Pineapple puree (1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks blended with a splash of orange juice)
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
Whisk together the soy sauce, ketchup, pineapple puree, brown sugar, & vinegar. Set aside.
Add your pork chops to your Crock Pot and place the fresh pineapple chunks and pepper chunks of top of them. Pour the whisked mixture over top.

Cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 5-6 hours.

During the last half hour of cooking time, take the pork chops out of the slow cooker and then whisk in 2 tsp of cornstarch into the sauce. Place the chops back in the Crock Pot and cook for the remaining 30 minutes. This will thicken up the sauce.

Serve over rice.
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Serve with your favorite white or fried rice.  (Chopsticks are strictly optional. ;) )

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