- 4 Boneless Pork Chops
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Ginger ground
- 1/4 cup Ketchup
- 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Soy Sauce use low sodium soy sauce to cut salt content
- 1/4 cup dark german lager can use up to 1/2 cup to add more flavor but you must reduce it for longer
- Lightly grease your slow cooker
- Place the pork chops evenly into the slow cooker
- In a bowl, whisk together the garlic, salt, pepper, ginger, ketchup, brown sugar, beer, and soy sauce
- Add to a pan and simmer for a few minutes to reduce as necessary
- Pour this sauce mixture over top of the pork chops
- Cover your slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on LOW
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Soy Pork Chops is the perfect meal for the entire family. The pork comes out extremely tender and the flavors mesh together well for a kick of salty and sweet in every bite.
To complete this meal, you can serve the pork chop and sauce over top of white or brown rice. You will find that even the kids chow down on this meal and there will be no plates left with food on them.
The good thing about this recipe is that you can adjust it to meet the portion size of your family. For example, if you only need to serve two people, simply but the recipe in half. If you need to serve more people, simply add a little more of the ingredients to match how many pork chops you have.
For this recipe, I chose an imported German dunkel as my dark German lager. You could also use dunkelweizen, bock, or doppelbock depending on the flavors you want to impart on the chops. The beer should be dark and malty, with little hop aroma or flavor. The sweetness will help balance the salty taste of the soy sauce and compliment the brown sugar.
Look at that beautiful brown color! The best part about cooking with beer is that you get to drink the leftovers. Another recipe I used this Dunkel for was my slow cooker lasagna recipe (to sauté the beef).
Because adding a 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of liquid can turn the sauce soupy, I always reduce the sauce first. I also recommend using a low sodium soy sauce, or you can simply use less than the recommended 1/2 a cup to cut down on the saltiness if you require or prefer a low salt taste. Below you can see the sauce mixture reducing by simmering it in a pan before adding to the pork chops.
When it comes down to it, you could make this recipe using a cut of beef or even chicken. This sauce is versatile and will work with any protein that you want it to. The darkness compliments dark meats like roasts, but can also add strong, pleasant flavors to plain meats like chicken breasts.
While this recipe is easy to make, there are some tips and tricks that I want to provide you with that will help you make the most of this recipe.
If you love potatoes, you should consider chopping up a cup or two and adding them into the slow cooker with the pork chops. The potatoes will cook down and become fork tender. You could also toss in some onions, which will reduce and become translucent.
I like to use boneless pork chops, but you can also use bone-in pork chops if you prefer. In fact, bone-in chops have a lot more flavor to add to the dish. You do have to make sure that you remove the bone before you serve the cop, but this will be no problem because the meat will peel right off the bone.
If you do choose to use bone-in pork chops, you may find that they are a lot bigger than the boneless chops. If this is the case, simple cut the recipe down to two large bone-in pork chops.
Another change you could make is if you wanted a sweeter sauce, add in some honey. If you do plan to do this, add in 1/4 cup to the mixture.
Adding more brown sugar will make the recipe sweeter as well. You could also omit the soy sauce altogether and have just a sweet brown sugar or brown sugar and honey glaze for your chops.
If you notice that the sauce is not thick enough, you can mix together a tablespoon of cornstarch with two tablespoons of water and then drizzle it into the sauce. If you do plan to do this, make sure that you remove the pork chops and any vegetables you have in the sauce first.
This slow cooker recipe is easy to make and does not require much prep time at all, other than mixing up the sauce in a bowl. You will love the way this dish fills your home with the sweet smell of brown sugar.
The brand and size of slow cooker I used in this recipe was the Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Stay or Go. It's definitely one of my favorite of the bunch of standard size cookers under $30. It's got all I need from this type of device: it's compact and fits in a small kitchen, the stainless steel matches any appliance or design, and it uses stoneware instead of nonstick metal like you find with some cheaper cookers.
- Crock-Pot Cook ‘N Carry
- Brand: Crock-Pot
Capacity: 6 Quart
- Rank: #1
- Hamilton Beach Stay or Go
- Brand: Hamilton Beach
Capacity: 6 Quart
- Rank: #2
- West Bend Versatility
- Brand: West Bend
Material: Non-stick Aluminum
Capacity: 5 Quart
- Rank: #3
Of course it doesn't have all the fancy features of some of the premium slow cookers, but it gets the job done!