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Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

Low-carb slow cooker smothered pork chops with gravy are an absolutely delicious meal! The best part? It’s beyond easy to make!

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

WHAT ARE LOW-CARB SLOW COOKER SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS?

Slow cooker smothered pork chops are a delicious, tender dish that is easy to make and full of flavor!

With just a few ingredients, you can have yummy pork chops covered in a nice gravy and tender onions.

This is a truly easy and tasty dish that is drop dead easy to make and is surely to please the whole family!

LOW-CARB PORK CHOP INGREDIENTS

Before you try to make these delicious low-carb slow cooker smothered pork chops, you’ll want to make sure you have the following ingredients on hand first.

  • 4 pork chops, boneless or bone-in
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste

When you have all of these, you’re set and ready to go!

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS WITH GRAVY

  1. Place pork chops, beef stock, and sliced onion into a slow cooker set to high
  2. Cook for 3 hours, then remove pork chops and cover
  3. Add salt and pepper, to taste, to the sauce, then add the xanthan gum and stir well
  4. Leave the sauce uncovered for 45 minutes to reduce
  5. Add the pork chops back in, uncovered, for another 15 – 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened into a gravy
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

WHAT EXACTLY IS A PORK CHOP?

Let’s take a quick dive into exactly what a pork chop is.

Pork chops are a lean, mild-flavored, and versatile cut of meat. They are taken from the pork loin, which is the muscle that runs from the shoulder to the rear of the pig.

Other loin cuts are tenderloin, baby back ribs, and crown roast.

Thanks to their easy availability and their ease of cooking, pork chops have made a home as a staple dinner in many households.

BONE-IN VS BONELESS PORK CHOPS

Depending on your local options, you might have the option to buy bone-in and boneless pork chops.

Are they really that different?

It might not make much of a difference to you, but here is some quick information on the two different chops.

BONE-IN PORK CHOPS

Bone-in pork chops, aside from the obvious fact they come with a bone, are said to have a “beefier” flavor.

These bone-in chops also contain small amounts of rib meat attached to the bone, which gives them a slightly different texture as well.

More than likely, this comes from the meat still having the bone attached. Bones contain all kinds of delicious tidbits that help to enhance the flavor.

In fact, that’s why bone broth (made by boiling meat bones for hours) is so popular.

When cooking bone-in chops, you also have to ensure that the meat near the bone is cooked. The area around the bone will heat differently than the meat, so it’s important to heat it thoroughly.

BONELESS PORK CHOPS

Boneless pork chops are pretty self-explanatory. They are the meat-only portion of the chop. You don’t have to worry about a bone or anything else with these.

You simply cook, eat, and enjoy.

They are, however, without the small bits of rib meat that a bone-in chop offers.

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

SO WHAT’S THE ACTUAL DIFFERENCE IN PORK CHOPS?

The real difference comes down to personal preference. If you prefer a bone-in chop because of taste, get one.

If you prefer the ease of a boneless pork chop, use that type.

While there may be actual differences between the two, the only difference that matters is your personal opinion on which you prefer to use.

TYPES OF PORK CHOPS

Besides the boneless and bone-in chops we discussed above, you may also encounter other names when dealing with pork chops.

Some of the names you might see are:

  • Pork rib chops
  • Frenched rib chops (means the rib bones are scraped clean of meat and fat)
  • Center-cut chops
  • Sirloin chops (supposedly more bone than meat and can be very tough and chewy)
Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

STORING SLOW COOKER PORK CHOP LEFTOVERS

Storing your leftover smothered pork chops is super easy to do! You simply need to store it in an airtight storage container of your choice in the refrigerator.

As always, we recommend using glass storage containers, as they are great for storing and for reheating (more info on that below). They can be used to not only store, but cook, and therefore is a very versatile container to have.

You can easily store this dish for several days in the refrigerator. At the four day mark, it is best to discard any pork that you may still have leftover.

REHEATING SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS

Reheating your smothered pork chop leftovers is very easy. Like with any meat, the method of reheating is very important.

Here are two ways to reheat your leftovers.

IN THE OVEN

The best way to reheat your leftovers is in the oven. Using an oven, you are able to reheat the meat more slowly, helping it to not become chewy or overcooked.

To do this, preheat your oven to 350˚F. Place whatever leftover pork you’d like to reheat into an oven-safe container and into the oven.

Heat for 10 minutes, then remove and check to see if the desired temperature has been reached.

If not, continue to heat in 3-minute increments until it is as warm as you’d like it. Eat and enjoy!

IN THE MICROWAVE

The fastest and most convenient option is to reheat your leftovers in the microwave. As we’ve discussed before, heating meats in the microwave can leave them tough and chewy.

To combat this, microwave the pork for smaller increments (around 15 seconds each) and check the temperature each time. When the leftovers reach your desired temperature, remove them from the microwave and enjoy!

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

WHAT TO EAT WITH LOW-CARB SLOW COOKER SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS

There are plenty of delicious side dishes and desserts to eat with your pork chops.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

For more ideas, you can check out our recipe index, our main course recipes, or our sweets recipes.

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Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops


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Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

Yield: 2 servings
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours

Low-carb slow cooker smothered pork chops with gravy are an absolutely delicious meal! The best part? It’s beyond easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops, boneless or bone-in
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place pork chops, beef stock, and sliced onion into a slow cooker set to high
  2. Cook for 3 hours, then remove pork chops and cover
  3. Add salt and pepper to. taste to the sauce, then add the xanthan gum and stir well
  4. Leave the sauce uncovered for 45 minutes to reduce
  5. Add the pork chops back in, uncovered, for another 15 - 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened into a gravy
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 2 pork chops w/ gravy
Amount Per Serving Calories 800Carbohydrates 5gProtein 90g

Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from an online food databse. All carbohydrate counts are calculated as net carbs instead of total. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.

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