I used the bacon the first time I made these, but never since. I think they are just as good without and I loathe cooking bacon anyway.
- 5 slices bacon, chopped (I don't use)
- 6 bone-in pork loin chops, about 3/4-inch thick (I use 4 thick ones, about 1 1/4-1 1/2" thick)
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 yellow onions, peeled, halved and sliced into 1/2-inch thick half moons
- 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold water
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (don't waste your time with this...)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until lightly browned, about 5-6 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, leaving the drippings in the pan. If you have more than 2 tablespoons drippings, drain the excess. If you don’t have quite that much, supplement with canola oil. When the bacon is cool, transfer to a small bag or tupperware and refrigerate until later.
- Heat the skillet with the drippings over medium or medium-high heat until rippling and hot. Meanwhile, pat pork chops dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook pork chops until they are golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side, cooking them in batches in the skillet if your skillet isn’t big enough to hold all six at a time in a single layer. When golden on each side, transfer the chops to the slow cooker and repeat with remaining pork.
- Pour off all but 1 teaspoon of fat from the skillet; add onions, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup water to empty skillet. Using a wooden spoon, scrape browned bits from bottom of the pan and cook over medium-high heat until onions are soft, about 4-6 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour onion mixture over chops in the slow cooker. Add broth, soy sauce and remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar to skillet, bring to a boil and add bay leaves. Pour mixture over onions in slow cooker.
- Cover slow cooker and cook on low until pork is tender, about 8 hours (or cook on high for 4 hours).
- When ready to serve, carefully transfer chops to serving platter with a large spoon and tent with foil. Discard bay leaves and pour liquid through a mesh strainer into a saucepan, reserving the solids. Transfer solids to a food processor or blender with 1 cup liquid and blend until smooth. (I don't strain or blend up the sauce at all ... i like it chunky and don't want to dirty another appliance anyway). Stir the blended mixture back into remaining liquid in the saucepan. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and remaining 2 tablespoons water together in a small bowl and stir into sauce. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar, season with salt and pepper, pour over chops and sprinkle with reserved bacon and parsley. Serve.
I estimated the calories of the sauce only. Obviously there's some fat from the pork chops that will cook into the sauce, but this is a good estimate.
1/4 cup sauce only = 55 kcal