Piquant Pork, Slow Cooker; a beautiful day

I don’t like palate-burning hot foods. I can eat a few green chilis in an enchilada but I won’t touch a jalapeño. A few drops of green Tabasco is as daring as I get.

But I do like strong flavors.

I especially like strong flavors after I have been indulging in holiday food – like smoked salmon and foie gras and stinky, soft cheeses.

These easy pork chops were just what I needed.

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Piquant Pork, Slow Cooker

This easy slow cooker main course is packed with flavor. Serve with rice or pasta,

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • 12oz (360gr) pork chops, boneless, cut in half
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tbs tapioca
  • 2 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp oregano


  • Put vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add chicken broth, tapioca, and stir to combine.
  • Top with pork.
  • Combine vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, paprika and herbs.
  • Spoon over pork.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours – stir once if you like.
  • Spoon onto a platter and serve.


As usual, I don’t do any pre-cooking. Just toss it in the cooker and cook.
You can substitute a small onion for the shallots, and 2 tsp regular soy sauce for the 1 tbs light.
Balsamic or cider vinegar can be substituted for the sherry vinegar.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 312
  • Sugar: 8.4 g
  • Sodium: 761.2 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 2.9 g
  • Protein: 40.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 108.3 mg

Keywords: slow cooker pork, spicy pork, red peppers

Piquant Pork

The other thing I need after a bit of indulgence is exercise.

After days of wind and rain, Thursday was beautiful. It was sunny, warm, and calm.

I went out for my 10K walk in the morning.

In our area some of the farmers plant winter wheat or rapeseed in the fall. Both crops come up, grow 5 or 6 inches, then do nothing for the rest of the winter.

Actually, I’m told that they spend the winter growing long, strong roots.

I don’t really care about that – the part I like is the fields are green.

After all my years in the Midwestern U.S., having white winters at best or brown winters if we didn’t have snow, I love seeing all the green fields here in January.

I digress…..

I had such a lovely walk in the morning, and it was such a gorgeous day, that I went on a 20K bike ride with mon mari in the afternoon.

I just couldn’t pass up being out in all that wonderful sunshine.

I only stopped a few times to take photos.

I love this tree:

I doubt that I made much of a dent in all the extra calories, but I had fun trying….

4 thoughts on “Piquant Pork, Slow Cooker; a beautiful day”

  1. The chops look delicious! And your pictures are lovely. I’m looking at a few inches of snow with more on the way this week. I love the snow. It’s the 2 degree weather yesterday I don’t like. We’re having a heat wave this morning. It’s 15 out…I will not be walking, riding or going anywhere for that matter today 😉

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