Cooking frozen pork chops in a Crockpot is a breeze! Today, I’ll show you how to effortlessly transform frozen meat into tender deliciousness using a slow cooker.
Tips for Cooking Frozen Pork Chops in a Slow Cooker
To ensure even cooking, it’s important to separate the frozen pork chops from each other. If they’re stuck together, simply run some warm water over them to loosen them up. This is similar to cooking frozen pork chops in an air fryer or an Instant Pot. However, if you prefer the low and slow method, the Crockpot is perfect. Don’t forget to prepare a flavorful gravy to keep the meat moist and enhance its taste.
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Choosing the Right Crockpot for Perfect Results
When it comes to slow cookers, there are several varieties to choose from. Here are a few options I love:
- A 6-quart programmable slow cooker with a locking lid is my personal favorite. It’s versatile and perfect for potlucks.
- If you’re serving appetizers, consider a slow cooker with multiple compartments that sit side by side.
- I personally prefer not to use liners. Instead, I spray the inside with olive oil for easier cleanup.
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Preparing Crockpot Frozen Pork Chops with Onion Gravy
For this recipe, we’ll be using a pre-packaged onion gravy to keep things simple. However, you can also make a homemade onion gravy if you prefer. Bottled varieties are also a decent alternative. Feel free to experiment and find your favorite.
To get started, simply add water to the onion gravy packet and mix it until it’s ready to use. Next, add some sliced onions to the mixture. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also add halved potatoes or chunky carrots for additional flavor.
Here’s a visual of what your prepped ingredients should look like:
Cooking Frozen Pork Chops in the Crockpot
Cooking time may vary depending on the size and thickness of your pork chops. Ideally, choose medium-sized boneless pork chops for this recipe. However, bone-in pork chops can work too, although they may require more attention to ensure even cooking. The following cooking instructions have worked well for us:
- Remove the frozen pork chops from their packaging and place them in the bottom of the crockpot.
- Chop an onion and scatter it on top of the pork chops.
- Prepare the gravy according to the instructions on the package and pour it over the pork chops in the crockpot.
- Set the crockpot to high temperature and cook for 3-4 hours, adjusting the timing based on the thickness of the pork chops. The internal temperature should reach 150°F for safe consumption.
- Once cooked, remove the pork chops from the crockpot and whisk in 2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour or cornstarch to thicken the gravy.
- Serve the delicious gravy over the pork chops and enjoy!
Here’s a glimpse of what your final dish should look like:
Alternative Method: Baking Frozen Pork Chops
If you prefer using your oven, you can bake your frozen pork chops on a baking sheet for a quicker cooking time. However, keep in mind that this method may result in slightly less moist meat. Here’s how to do it:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Place the frozen pork chops on a baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, ensuring they are seasoned well.
- For a tastier experience, try our best-baked pork chops with a flavorful dry rub.
To make it a complete meal, consider serving your pork chops with frozen green beans or a batch of creamy mashed potatoes. The combination is sure to please your family and friends.
How Long Can You Freeze Pork Chops?
If you come across a great deal on pork chops, it’s good to know that you can store them in the freezer for 4-6 months. To ensure they stay fresh and prevent freezer burn, follow these steps:
- Place the pork chops in a freezer bag, separating them with foil or parchment paper.
- This method makes it easy to separate the pieces when you want to cook them, preventing them from becoming a solid block that is difficult to cook evenly.
If you choose to defrost your pork chops before cooking, try grilling them with our delicious dry rub recipe. Another option is to make slow cooker pork chops and gravy, a family favorite that features a thicker sauce made with cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup.
Now that you know the secrets to cooking tender frozen pork chops, it’s time to gather your ingredients and start cooking! Enjoy the flavorsome results and don’t forget to visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill for more mouthwatering recipes.