Choose the slow cooker for easy dining

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 07:19 PM.

1     teaspoon dried crushed thyme

Combine the chicken broth, salt, brown sugar, and pepper in a medium saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Cook just until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat and add the ice. Place the pork chops into a 2-gallon zip-top bag along with the mixture and seal. Place in a plastic container and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the chops from the brine, rinse, and pat dry.

Place the apple slices in the slow cooker.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a 12-inch stainless steel sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the pork chops on both sides until golden brown, approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side. Once browned, place the pork chops into the slow cooker on top of the apples.

Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan followed by the onions and sauté until they begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken broth to the pan to deglaze. Add the thyme and vinegar; stir to combine. Transfer this to the slow cooker, set to high, cover and cook for 1 hour. Decrease the heat to low and continue cooking for another 4 to 5 hours or until the pork is tender and falling away from the bone.


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