Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Crockpot Coca-Cola Peach Barbecue Pork Chops

Bone-in pork chops, slow cooked in a Coca-cola and peach infused barbecue sauce.
Bone-in pork chops, slow cooked in a Coca-cola and peach infused barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Pork Chops

While the idea of a peachy or Coca-cola barbecue sauce is certainly not unique to me, this mixture is one that came to me one day when trying to think of something to do with pork chops and utilize the slow cooker, since so many of y'all are fans of the crockpot. I opened the fridge, saw a can of Coca-Cola Classic and this peach butter and voila, sounded good to me!

I always thought you could stick pretty much anything in a slow cooker and let it go all day while you were gone or at work and come home to a wonderful meal. I'm finding, at least with the newer cookers, that just ain't so... well unless you like everything falling apart or shredded, so I'm still trying to become a fan of slow cookers to be honest. I rather like the whole hands-on process of old-fashioned, low oven cooking and slow stove-top simmering, though admittedly, I know I have more time at this stage of my life for that, where many of the readers here do not - at least not on a day to day basis.

I can say that hands down, my favorite crockpot meals are made with pork and beef roasts, whether it's a beef roast for slicing, or a recipe for Italian Beef or BBQ Beef fully intended to be shredded for sandwiches. A pork butt or shoulder rocks pretty cool in there too, especially for a cheater pulled pork - gotta love that! Ribs are nice, beans are good, even some soups, but I'm still iffy on some of the other things, especially white meat chicken and pork chops... and anything with rice. Oh the tricks there are to learn! These bone-in chops were about 1/2-inch thick and came just short of the falling apart stage at about 5 hours. Truth is, I might have been able to serve them at 4, so this probably isn't a recipe you'd want to drop in if you're gone from home for say, 9 or more hours.

The result was a tasty barbecue chop with a nice accent of peach - nothing overwhelming but an interesting little punch of flavor. Here's what I did.

First, whisk together the tomato sauce, Coke, peach butter (jam or preserves are fine too), Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasoning, brown sugar and garlic powder. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.

Season the chops generously with salt and pepper. I used some bone-in chops here and though you could certainly use boneless chops, keep in mind that they cook even faster than bone-in.

I guess you don't really have to, but I browned my chops in hot oil before adding them to the crock. Remember though, you're only giving them a sear for color, not to cook them. Brown them in batches so you don't end up overcrowding and steaming them instead of searing them.

Give each chop a little dip in the sauce pool before placing them into the crockpot in layers. What? You can't tell I did that? That's because I put the chops in, took the picture, realized I wanted to dip them, dipped them and didn't take another picture. Hey, this ain't no "got all day to photo style" kinda food blog. This is a "get it done so the fam can eat" kinda food blog... what can I say?! ;)

Pretend you also see chopped onion here - I wrote the recipe for it, and then totally forgot it! Please see above statement and don't forget to add about a cup of chopped onion in layers with the chops. Pour the sauce on top. Cover and cook on low for somewhere between 4 to 6 hours.

Now... the way your crockpot cooks may vary from mine (which seems to cook everything on high no matter what), but at about 4-1/2 hours my chops were tender and done and pretty close to falling apart. I have found with crockpot meals it helps with some foods if you use a wide spatula to extract them so they don't fall apart on you. It's a handy kitchen tool to have around for crockpot meals. I didn't find a need to thicken the sauce for this, though you certainly could if you like. Just tent the chops to keep them cozy and warm and simply transfer the sauce to a saucepan to boil and reduce.

Serve with a starch like some roasted potatoes or my everyday macaroni and cheese - which I made stovetop instead of baking this time - and maybe a nice side salad or a green veggie of some kind. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Crockpot Coca-Cola Peach Barbecue Pork Chops

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 5 hours | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 4 to 6 (1/2-inch thick) bone-in pork chops
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup classic Coca-cola
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup peach butter, jam or preserves*, or to taste
  • Couple dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped onion

Season the chops generously with salt and pepper; brown in hot oil if desired. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, Coke, peach butter (substitute jam or preserves if you like), Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasoning, brown sugar and garlic powder. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking; set aside. Dip each chop into the sauce and place into slow cooker.

Top with chopped onion, pour the rest of the sauce on top, cover and cook on low for about 4 to 6 hours or until chops are tender and cooked through. Remove the chops from the slow cooker using a wide spatula. Serve with a starch, like my macaroni and cheese, and a nice side salad or green veggie.

Cook's Notes: May also be prepared stovetop or on the grill. For stovetop, brown, top with sauce cover tightly and simmer on low for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until chops are very tender, turning a few times. To grill, set aside some of the sauce for the table. Season and grill chops, brushing with remaining sauce a few times during cooking. May substitute 1 cup of ketchup or commercial barbecue sauce for the tomato sauce. Use more if you prefer not to use Coke. If you don't have any peach jam, preserves or butter, simply peel and chop one medium to large peach and mix with the remaining sauce ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let cook 30 to 45 minutes, stirring often and mashing up the peaches about halfway. Proceed with recipe.


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  1. This sounds really good! I also looked at your everyday mac n cheese recipe. I have never added onion to my mac and cheese. I'll bet it's tasty. Definitely going to try that next time!

  2. I'm sure my hubby will love it!!! thank you Mary... hugs, Flavia

  3. I am very thankful that I have your blog to turn to everyday for a great southern meal. I have tried many of your recipes and I haven't been disappointed yet. There is a recipe that I have been searching for and hope you can help. There was a chewy peanut butter square served in the school cafeteria in the late 70's, early 80's. I'm sure it was made with Karo syrup. Have any ideas?

  4. I like coke and root beer based bbq sauces. The good thing about using your crock pot is that you don't have to worry about burning the sauce like you can on the grill if you sauce too early.

  5. Enjoy everybody!!

    As far as the chicken, sure!

    Hi Melissa! I am familiar with that recipe though I don't make them often since I like baked bars much better. I know that Christy Jordan has one but I think Paula Deen might have the Karo syrup one, not sure.

  6. Another winner! I prepared this last night with collard greens, sweet corn and my simple seasoned rice and sweet potatoe pie for dessert. I used the remaining coke to make coke floats since we don't usually have it on hand. Only change I made was after browning I put it into the pressure cooker for about 30 minutes first and then simmered for another hour (since I was short on time). It came out great! Very delicious and the family really enjoyed having a change up for pork chops! Thank so much!

  7. Thanks Erin, and what a great meal - sure would have loved to share that! How do you do your seasoned rice?

  8. Hi Mary - my simple seasoned rice is a long grain white rice prepared with chicken broth (instead of water) seasoned with dried thyme, garlic powder, dried parsley flakes, bay leaves, salt and a tbsp butter (all seasonings to taste). Pretty simple huh! ;)

  9. Sounds great!! Sometimes a few simple seasonings are all we need for great flavor.

  10. I don't have on hand the peach butter and I don't I have a coke. However, I do have a Dr. Pepper, pepper jelly, grape and strawberry jelly. Could I substitute any of these items with this recipe?

    1. Hmmm.... I can't attest personally to the taste since I've only paired the pork chops with peach, so not sure about the other flavors. They might be good, but they might be overpowering too. I make those old fashioned meatballs with grape jelly though and they are delicious - but of course that's beef. I've also used Dr Pepper/Coke/Root Beer with pulled pork so I'm thinking that would work fine in place of Coke. I've used a variety of leftover jams & jellies along with the Italian dressing on my "bottom of the jar" chicken which is delicious! Just not sure how the flavor will be from the other jellies on pork chops since I've not done that myself. Sorry I can't be more helpful!!

  11. I did this recipe as pulled pork awhile back and got so many compliments on it that I make it exclusively as pulled pork now...honestly delicious, sweet with just the right amount of sass!

    1. Great idea Lynna! Thanks so much for sharing that with us!!


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