Crockpot Pork Chops + Homemade BBQ Sauce
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Today was a day of firsts in the kitchen for me. I made my first batch of homemade bbq sauce AND I cooked pork chops in the crock pot for the first time!
Let's start with the bbq sauce. Making homemade bbq sauce has been on my list since I first started this blog, but I've just never gotten around to it. This week is kind of a crazy week and I wasn't sure how many times we'd be eating at home with the holidays and all that...plus we're going out of town the day after Christmas...so I picked up some stuff at the grocery store and decided I would just wing it. I bought pork chops and pork tenderloin (because it was on sale). My original plan was to do pulled pork in the crockpot with the tenderloin, but I found another recipe I'm excited about trying...so I started searching for pork chop crockpot recipes. Quite honestly, I didn't think I'd find anything. I'd never thought of cooking those that way...but find recipes I did! Tons. And barbecued pork chops was one of them.
I decided this gave me the perfect opportunity to try my hand at some homemade sauce and I began my search for a recipe. Easier said then done. Turns out there are HUNDREDS of homemade bbq recipes. And none of them seemed to be the same! I bookmarked like five different ones and then narrowed it down this morning. I ended up using this one as a base and then added some extras.
Turns out it's super easy to make this stuff. Here's what I used (I made a double batch so I would have plenty to cook the chops in and I had a lot extra so you could halve this easily depending on how much you need!):
2 cups ketchup
2/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Here's what you do:
Combine the vinegar and molasses in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat, add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine! Voila!
I was afraid to taste it, but I did...and it wasn't bad! So I decided to forage on
*Side note: I would have used 1 Tbsp of dried mustard powder if I'd had it because that's what most of the recipes I looked at used...but I just ran out the other day, so I made it work with Dijon...just add more because it's not as strong as the powdered kind*
Then, all that was left to do was put the chops in the crockpot, add the sauce and turn it on! I definitely would get the thicker chops next time, but that's what you get for not planning ahead!
Extra sauce I didn't even have to put in the pot!
Cook on low for 3 hours or so. Since they don't need to cook all that long, this is a good one for a Sunday afternoon when you're around the house anyways but just don't feel like cooking :)
I served mine with some applesauce and green beans...delicious! The chops got a little dried out since they were thin, but the sauce turned out really well! I'd make it again, and make it a bit spicier! Does anybody out there have a favorite bbq sauce recipe I can try? Send them my way!
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