What's For Dinner: Lazy Girl Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops


Happy First Day of Spring! Apparently springtime is still a long ways away up here in Northern Wisconsin. It was -14 with windchill this morning when I took Leroy for an abbreviated walk around the cul de sac. I have to admit, as much as I love the snow (and have had fun learning how to cross-country ski; although given the bruises currently on my knees, I have a long way to go), I am SO ready for green grass and blooming flowers. I'm also considering signing up for a half-marathon that occurs in early May; I could really use some snow- and ice-free roadways, as I just cannot deal with running on a treadmill for more than 4 miles. I hear that the "mud season" lasts for quite awhile up here as all the piles of snow melt ... we shall see.

All this to say that given the cold temperatures, it appears I won't be giving up my slow cooker meals just yet. (In the warmer months, I tend to stay away from slow cooker meals and instead focus on meals that feature the fresh produce that arrives in the late spring and is available all summer long). For today's slow cooker recipe, I'm sharing a super-simple (and let's face it, super-lazy) recipe for BBQ pork chops. I made this last week when I was (randomly) craving some barbecue pork and was swamped with work. Though I have made barbecue sauce from scratch in the past, I didn't have the time to whip up a batch this time around. So instead I opted to use the bottled variety, and found a brand that had an ingredient list I could get behind (and was quite similar to the ingredients I would have used if I had made the sauce from scratch myself). To make this dish, you just pour some sauce into the crockpot, add the pork chops, and add enough sauce so that the chops are covered. Set it on low, and let the slow cooker work its magic for 6 hours. The result? Amazingly-delicious barbecue pork chops with almost zero effort.

Lazy Girl Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops (printer-friendly version)
makes 4 servings

4 pork chops
1 bottle (20-24 oz) barbecue sauce (I used American Stockyard Smoky Sweet BBQ Sauce)

1. Pour about half the bbq sauce into a 2-quart slow cooker bowl. Add the pork chops. Pour in more bbq sauce if necessary to completely cover the chops.
2. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
3. Shred the meat or serve the pork chops whole. I served the pork chops over a bed of wild rice (and had some steamed broccoli on the side, not pictured, obvs.)

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