Pork chops have a regular spot in my meal plan rotation. They cook quickly on the stovetop and in the oven, but some nights I'm happy to opt for a lengthy cook time in return for the mostly hands-off process promised by my slow cooker.
And the secret to really great slow cooker pork chops starts with picking up the right cut from the grocery store. Here's what you should be buying.
Blade or Sirloin Chops Are the Best Choice for Slow-Cooking
While rib and loin chops are the most common pork chop cuts found in the meat case (and ideal for stovetop and oven cooking), they don't hold up as well in the slow cooker. Instead, tougher, fattier blade or sirloin chops are the best type of pork chops for cooking in the slow cooker.
Why Blade and Sirloin Chops Work Best
Pork chops come from the loin of the animal, which runs from the shoulder to the hip. Cut from the shoulder and hip region, blade and sirloin chops, respectively, are tougher and have more connective tissue than leaner loin and rib chops. This is what makes blade and sirloin chops a top pick. The low, steady temperature of the slow cooker transforms these otherwise tough cuts into a tender piece of meat.