Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Grams Made Sweet & Saucy Slow-Cooked Pork Chops

Grams and Grandad love pork chops, but we really prefer them sliced wafer-thin and fried almost to a crisp. Other than the obvious fact that they're not healthy, the other problem with that is that Grams doesn't like standing in the kitchen and frying anything. It's too labor intensive and makes too big a mess.

I recently bought a large pork loin at our local Sam's Club. Do you know that Sam's Club will cut meat to your order? I didn't know that until my friend and neighbor Diane (who works at Sam's Club) told me. I have half of the pork loin cut into chops and the other half makes two small loin roasts. Since there are only two of us to cook for, we can usually get at least five meals out of one large pork loin.

Yesterday morning as I was trying to find a new recipe for pork chops. I searched the internet and finally ended up combining several recipes and altering them to make them lower in sugar and healthier. This dish was delicious! I highly recommend it. And, even though it's done in the slow-cooker, it doesn't have to cook all day. It only takes three-and-a-half hours.

4-6 boneless pork chops (about 3/4" thick)
1/2 of a large onion, cut into rings
1/4 cup Brown-Sugar Splenda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup reduced-salt soy sauce
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 cup ketchup
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoons water

Place pork chops in slow cooker and top with onion rings. In a small bowl whisk together brown-sugar Splenda, ground ginger, soy sauce, honey, ketchup, and garlic. Pour over pork chops and onions.

Cook on low setting for 3 hours.

Dissolve cornstarch in water and stir into slow cooker. Cook 30 minutes longer on low.

The sauce is kind of an Asian-inspired barbecue sauce and is absolutely delicious. I served this with brown rice and mixed vegetables.

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