This weekend was jam packed and this week is just as full of activity. I haven’t had time to construct my weekly menu plan, so even though I hate doing so I’m making up dinner plans day by day. In addition, I’m clearing out the freezer and pantry of stockpiled items that may soon expire, so I’m limiting myself to using only certain ingredients.
As I poked around in the kitchen this morning, I noticed several bottles of barbecue sauce waiting to be used and spotted a lone orange in the fruit bowl. The can of Dr. Pepper I brought home from my MOPS meeting last night was resting on the counter and the pork chops I defrosted yesterday were quietly awaiting their fate in the refrigerator.
I pulled out my faithful slow cooker and got busy. I seasoned and browned the pork chops and created a sweet sauce using the barbecue sauce, Dr. Pepper, and orange juice. Even before the dinner is served, I know this recipe will be a winner. I love barbecue sauce, JT loves fork tender pork, and the girlies adore anything sweet.
Now that dinner is simmering away I can get back to schooling and preparing for Sweet Pea’s birthday party this weekend. Isn’t the slow cooker an awesome invention?
Dr. Pepper Pork Chops
4-6 pork chops
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 (12 ounce) can Dr. Pepper
1 ½ cups barbecue sauce
zest of 1 large orange
½ cup orange juice
In a large skillet, heat the oil to medium high heat. Season the pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Brown lightly on both sides and remove from the skillet. Place the pork chops into the slow cooker.
Combine the Dr. Pepper, barbecue sauce, orange zest, and orange juice. Pour mixture over the pork chops. Cook on low for 4 hours.
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