Tender Southern-style slow cooker smothered pork chops made with creamy homemade onion gravy. These fall-apart tender pork chops are a perfect comfort food!
Hey Cousins! If you’re looking for a Southern-style comfort recipe, I’ve got THE winner for you! What tastes better than a tender, juicy pork chop? A southern-style smothered pork chop with lots of gravy, that’s what! Growing up in a soul food household, I’ve had my share of amazing pork chops, but I must admit that nothing quite compares to homemade smothered pork chops with creamy gravy.
My mom used to make smothered pork chops for Sunday dinner, and she still does! I remember that she used to use thick-cut pork chops and smother them with onions and cream of mushroom soup. She then let them bake in the oven until they were fork-tender and served them with potato salad, rice, or greens.
Although I will always love my mother’s recipe, I had to create my own. My slow cooker smothered pork chops recipe consists of a homemade onion and garlic gravy made from scratch. The rest of the ingredients in this southern smothered pork chops recipe are super simple; you probably already have them on hand! So let’s dive into how to make slow-cooker pork chops and gravy.
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops
Now, I’ll warn y’all outright that we’re making slow-cooker pork chops without mushroom soup! I know in many recipes, that is a staple ingredient. However, as you’ll see from my recipe list, we are not using any kind of canned soup in this recipe. Here’s what you need to make Southern smothered pork chops:
- Pork Chops: I use thin-cut, bone-in pork chops for my recipe (I’ll share more on the best pork chops cut in a minute).
- All-Purpose Flour: I use flour to coat the pork chops for a quick fry before slow cooking. It gives the chops an extra layer of flavor!
- Seasonings: I season my pork chops with simple salt and black pepper. However, you can season your chops with whatever suits your taste! Onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder for some kick, or even Rosamae Seasonings pork seasoning.
What’s the best cut of pork chop for slow-cooked pork chops?
Generally speaking, blade and sirloin pork chops are the best for slow cooking. This is because they are tougher and fattier, which translates to a juicy flavor when slow-cooked. They’re also a bit thinner, which cuts down on cooking time. However, you can use thick-cut pork chops (you may need to cook thick pork chops longer), and you may also use boneless pork chops. Of course, if you have pork steaks, you can use them too!
Ingredients for From-Scratch Pork-Chop Gravy
If you’re making your gravy from scratch, like me, here are the key ingredients you need. I promise y’all, even if you think you can’t make homemade gravy, YOU CAN make this one! It’s so easy!
- Onions: the base of this gravy is chopped onions. I don’t use mushrooms—however, you can if you prefer!
- Flour: I use the leftover flour from coating the chops before quick-frying them. Every gravy starts with flour!
- Chicken Broth: add depth and flavor to your gravy with chicken broth. You could also use beef broth if you prefer.
- Half and Half: this helps to make the homemade onion gravy extra creamy.
- Seasonings: I season my gravy with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and celery flakes. Again, season to your liking!
How to Make Southern Smothered Pork Chops
I’ve been on a bit of a slow-cooker recipe kick lately, so I slow-cook my smothered pork chops. However, you can bake them if you choose. So, I’m going to share how to make Southern-style smothered pork chops in the slow cooker AND the oven. As always, I share the complete directions and ingredient measurements in the recipe card below. I always recommend following the written instructions for the tastiest, best results!
Step 1: Quick Fry the Pork Chops
The first step to making Southern-style smothered pork chops is to give them a quick fry. To do this, I start by seasoning the chops with salt and pepper, then coating them in all-purpose flour. DO NOT TOSS the rest of that flour, y’all! You’ll need it for your gravy!
Heat some vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. When heated, we’re going to fry the pork chops for about 30 seconds on each side. This will give them a little crisp without fully cooking them. They will NOT be fully cooked, so don’t dig in just yet!
Step 2: Make the Homemade Pork Chop Gravy
To make the gravy, we will use that vegetable oil from frying the chops. Toss one chopped onion into the oil and cook them until they’re nicely browned and translucent. Toss in that leftover flour and stir until the onions are coated.
Next, add the chicken stock and stir until no lumps are left. The flour will turn a nice golden brown, which is what we want—this is all that delicious pork flavor soakin’ into that gravy base, y’all.
Finally, pour in the half and half, then add your seasonings—minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and celery flakes. Stir until everything is well combined. You don’t have to cook the gravy on the stovetop for a long time since it will perfectly slow-cook in the Crock Pot with the pork chops.
Step 3: Cook the Pork Chops
Now it’s time to cook! As I said before, there are two ways to cook smothered pork chops—in the slow cooker and in the oven.
How to cook smothered pork chops in the slow cooker:
- Add the pork chops to the slow cooker, then cover with the homemade onion gravy.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
- Pork chops are done cooking when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
How to cook smothered pork chops in the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put the pork chops into an oven-safe dish—a 9×15 bake dish or a cast iron skillet—and pour the gravy all over the pork chops.
- Cover the chops with foil and bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes until they reach 145 degrees.
Southern Style Smothered Pork Chops: FAQs and Tips for Success
I want to share some pro tips and frequently asked questions, so y’all can make the BEST smothered pork chops and gravy recipe ever. Feel free to leave a comment below with your questions!
Can I use a store-bought gravy mix instead of homemade for these smothered pork chops?
You certainly can use a store-bought gravy mix if it’s what you have on hand, but I swear that making homemade pork gravy is JUST as easy and way more delicious. If you have gravy mix on hand, go ahead and use it. The best kind of gravy for smothered pork chops is brown gravy. You could also make peppered gravy, beef gravy, or mushroom gravy.
I don’t have half and half at home; can I use milk in the gravy?
Yes, you can substitute milk for half and half; however, the gravy might not turn out to be as creamy! If you don’t have half and half, I recommend adding a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch and water) to help thicken the gravy. Whole or 2% milk would be best to use—the creamier, the better.
Why are my smothered pork chops dry and tough?
If your chops are dry, it probably means you overcooked them. The key to a perfectly tender pork chop is cooking it to the right temperature—145 degrees internally. So, if you’re baking your smothered pork chops, keep a close eye on the internal temp.
What can I serve with Southern smothered pork chops?
In this recipe, I serve smothered pork chops over some freshly cooked rice. It’s the perfect side to go along with the rich and creamy onion gravy. Egg noodles would also go great with this recipe. Other side options for smothered pork chops include:
How to store smothered pork chops:
The great thing about this Southern smothered pork chop recipe is that it’s the perfect freezer meal. You can make the gravy ahead of time and freeze it until you’re ready to make it. Thaw it the night before in the fridge, then pop it in the slow cooker for a stress-free dinner. Smothered pork chops leftovers—if there are any—can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days.
Slow Cooker Southern Smothered Pork Chops Recipe Card + Video Tutorial
If you’re done reading and ready to make this smothered pork chops recipe, go on and get cookin’! I have a helpful step-by-step video tutorial in the recipe card below to help you visual learners out there.
This Southern smothered pork chop recipe is a family favorite. The tender pork chops just melt in your mouth after slow-cooking in a delicious gravy. It’s an easy slow cooker recipe to add to your collection! Don’t forget to tag and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, subscribe to I Heart Recipes on YouTube, and check out all my cookbooks! I just released a brand new cookbook, Super Soul Food with Cousin Rosie, with many recipes you can’t find anywhere else.
Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops and Gravy
- 2 lbs pork chops
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil I used corn
Homemade Onion Gravy:
- 1 large onion chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup half & half
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp celery flakes
Quick Fry the Pork Chops:
- Season the pork chops with 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, 1/2 tsp of salt.
- Toss the all-purpose flour into a large freezer bag, then toss in the pork chops.
- Shake the bag until the pork chops are well coated.
- Remove the chops from the bag, and shake off the excess flour. DO NOT THROW AWAY THE EXCESS FLOUR.
- Pour the vegetable oil into a skillet and warm it up over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, start adding in the pork chops.
- Fry each side of the chops for about 30 seconds, then remove from the oil and set to the side.
Make the Homemade Onion Gravy
- Toss the onions into the leftover oil and fry until they are translucent.
- Sprinkle in the flour and stir until the onions are coated with flour. Cook until the flour turns golden brown.
- Pour in the chicken broth and stir to prevent lumps.
- Next, pour in the half & half, and stir.
- Add in the minced garlic, celery flakes, and remaining salt & pepper.
- Stir, until everything is well incorporated, and turn the heat off.
Slow Cooker Instructions:
- Place the pork chops into the slow cooker.
- Pour the gravy all over the pork chops.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker, and cook on high for 3 hours.
Oven Cooking Instructions:
- Place the pork chops into a 9 x 15 bake dish.
- Pour the gravy all over the pork chops.
- Cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
- Bake on 350 F for 1 hour and 25 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
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Rosie, we love smothered chops. This recipe looks so good…..onions, gravy and chops. Mmmmmmm! I am also going to use this recipe for southern smothered chicken. I think that will be so good served over biscuits!! Pinned. Thanks so much. Oh…..smothered steak! You have given me some ideas!xoxo
I have a southern smothered chicken recipe uploaded, but I’ll upload my smothered steak soon. XOXO
Looks great. Always my Sunday go to meal.
Thanks! I appreciate you coming by!
Rosie i am cooking this dinner right now! And my whole house smells good! My family and I can’t wait to taste it! I look forward to continue to make your awesome recipes! Thanks for sharing with us!!
Hi Stephanie! Thanks so much for trying my recipe!
Edward Bryan Bittle says
Do you have a chicken recipe that you remove the back bone and lay the chicken flat to cook it? I thought I saw for that earlier but I can not find it.
That would be my roast chicken recipe
Can you do a smothered chicken recipe and steak recipe for the slow cooker? Thanks
I’ll see what I can do 🙂
i bought some marked down chops and wanted to do something different i thought of this recipe..i just put them in the crockpot but i know there gonna be amazing because i tasted the gravy and love it..Thank you for this recipe im gonna do the crockpot mac and cheese next!
Awesome! Enjoy the recipe!
Rosie, these look delicious I’m gonna have to give them a try.
Cooking in the oven . . . I have two thick pork chops, no bone . . . how long do they need to cook? Thanks for the recipe. I am hoping I can make a yummy dinner for two tonight.
Hi Danette. The oven recipe is listed above 🙂
I’m not a cook. But, wow. Made this tonight, and it was amazing. I probably used a little too much oil, but I mixed together. How long will this gravy keep in the fridge? Thanks in advance.
The gravy should last for about 3 days in the refrigerator 🙂
I made this recipe tonight for dinner, I did the oven method. And it turned out delicious.
Cant wait to do the stuffed cabbage rolls.
Thanks for trying my recipe Eric
I tried your recipe, everyone loved it! Even my picky-eater daughter! The meat turned out so tender! Another great recipe!
I’m glad that you all liked the recipe!
I can’t believe this!!! I did it..I made this and it came out GREAT!!! eating leftovers for lunch RIGHT now..wow..Ok so I’m know for messing up a recipe trying to tweek it..Well I did & it is DE-licious…So instead of chopping up an onion I used a frozen green pepper and onion mix & nixed the celery flakes..I still cannot believe I made gravy. I thought I messed it up. Rosie!!! I’m cooking! yay!
Go Cheryl, Go Cheryl!!! So glad that you had success with my recipe!
If it’s on high for 3 hours can I cook it on low for 6?
Yes, you can . 🙂
Hi Rosie I am making your recipe I have a question…… My gravy doesn’t took as brown as your did I mess up
I’m not sure. Did it taste off?
Susan Gray says
I tend to get a more tender meat no matter what the meat is by using a pressure cooker/Instant Pot…even vs a slow cook.
I’m cooking by using the pressure cooker versus even doing a slow cook. Do you have a pressure cooker or Instant Pot version of this recipe?
Hi Susan! I don’t have alternative recipe uploaded. However the same ingredients can be used.
Wow! Best slowcooker pork recipe. It is a favorite in our house.
Glad that you liked it!
steve faes says
Hi Rosie . I’ll be making these pork chops this weekend when my son comes home to visit.This is the recipe I’ve been looking for .It looks and sounds amazing. As good as it looks it does not compare to your picture beside it. You are absolutely gorgeous. Your husband is a lucky man. thanks so much for a great blog.
Thanks so much Steve!
In the oven right now as I type. The whole house smells incredible!! Can’t wait to eat!
Just made this for my family and they loved it. My best critic is my son in law…when he goes back for seconds I know it was a hit. Would love some other crock pot “beef” ideas as he is NOT a chicken eater…he raises beef cattle!
You are a doll!
Hi there! I actually have a recipe for smothered beef oxtails. Be sure to check it out! OXOX
Marguerette Vanvakas says
Going to make this tonight. My husband is a heart patient and only has one kidney, so it is important that I cook healthy for him. We eat a lot of chicken and fish and once in awhile pork and beef. Thank you for this great idea…looking forward to others.
Hi Marguerette! I hope that you enjoyed the recipe.
Rosie, thank you so much for this recipe! We just finished dinner and my Dad can’t stop raving about the meal! I’m an experienced cook and made fried potatoes, fried apples and chopped spinach to go with the chops. I added a carton of sliced portobello mushrooms in with the onions because my dad and I both love them. The chops came out of the oven fork tender and the gravy is TO DIE FOR. This is going into my permanent rotation of recipes. YUM!
Hi Rachel! Your complete dinner sounds YUMMY! So glad that you and your dad liked the recipe!
Please can you tell me what half and half is as I am going to make this on Sunday
Hi Irene. Half & Half is half milk, half cream.
Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! My girlfriend is very picky and I often have trouble finding recipes that she actually likes.. but after making this, She was blown away! We both absolutely loved it! She’s on her second plate now. I look forward to making more of your recipes.
Hi hun! So glad that you both like the recipe!
Patricia Biggs says
Thank you so much for this recipe! It looks deliscioys and easy to make. Going to try this for supper tonight!
Making this right now in my crockpot, read the comments, my onions, flour did not get brown either, tasted fine though. I added some browning sauce to it to make it brown and still tasted good. The onions were getting too dark so I added the liquid, could it because I did not use a cast iron pan like you did. If we like it, I will use that next time. Going to serve over noodles, with mixed vegetables.
Hi Rosemary! ( love your name!) The gravy was as dark as mine, because you didn’t cook it as long. XOXO
Is there something I can substitute the half and half?
combine half milk, and half cream.
I made this tonight and it was amazing! Thank u
Made this for dinner tonight and after one bite, my husband asked when we were having it again! Thanks so much, can’t wait to try more of your recipes!
YAY!! Glad that you liked the recipe! XOXO
WOW! I fixed this for supper tonight and it was excellent! I am not a cook, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was so delicious. My husband loved them, too. This did not take long to prepare, I love this recipe and will try it again. Have you tried it with chicken, Rosie?
Many thanks, Rosie! Great job! God has given you a special talent. Thanks for sharing it!
I have a smothered chicken recipe uploaded, but have a easier version coming in a few weeks! XOXO
Hi Rosie, I made your baked bbq pork chops last night, and they were a hit. I want to try this next. With them being in the oven for an hour and 25 minutes, can I do the prep work prior so I can just come home and toss them in the oven, or will that throw the taste off? Thanks!
Yes! Absolutely. You can do that! XOXO
Sammy Shine says
OK, I realize this is a little premature but I have a feeling this is going to be the BEST pork chops and in the top five of any meal I have ever made. I love to cook but my gravy always comes out funky. The gravy that I put into the oven smothering my chops is superb. It’s groovy creamy and oh so tasty. I am making it in the oven because I am a little short on time but Rosie I just know when I pull this puppy out of the oven my friends (who I have invited for dinner) are going to make sex sounds at the dinner table 😉
LOL!! I hope dinner was a success!
I’m not one that can make homemade gravy, and it actually comes out right. This is delicious. This recipe was relatively easy to make. I’m stealing this and putting it in my recipe box. Thank you for sharing it.
Hi Tara! Glad that you liked the recipe! XOXO
Let’s just say that after I served this for a dinner party, cleaning the dish I cooked it in was so easy. We ATE THIS UP!!!
Hi Thomas! Glad that you liked the recipe 🙂
Can I use whole milk instead of half and half?
Hi Stephanie. Yes, you can use milk. However, the gravy might not be as creamy.
I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I have everything except the half-and-half at home. Could I use whole milk as a substitute?
Hi Megan! Half & Half is creamier, but you can use whole milk is you choose 🙂
Can you use can milk for the smotherd pork chop gravy
For best results, stick to the recipe listed 🙂
I cannot be thankful enough to you and your blog! You cook like a goddess and even I (as a total idiot in the kitchen) could prepare a fantabulous dinner thanks to your nice guidance and loveful description in the video! For the first time in my life, my roux was a success (!!) and my man loved it too (which doesn`t always go without saying) – Thank you so much for everything, you made my day – and I`ll definitely continue following and cooking after you!
with lots of greetings from Eastern Europe (Hungary)
Hi Maggie! I’m am so glad that you found my blog, and have started trying out my recipes. Much love to you!! XOXO
OMG!! This recipe is bomb!! I have never been able to make gravy!! I made it today and It’s delicious! Thank you so much for sharing one of your gifts!! You’re appreciated by me and my family.
Thanks for trying my recipe sweetie!
This was around recipe
laurie lambert says
Hi Rosie, er
I was searching for a new method of cooking chops, and after viewing sooo many others that didn’t grab my interest I came across yours. I knew this would probably be something to try, but after reading all of the fantastic comments/compliments i was sure this could be the new recipe I’ve been seeking! I know you said you could also use boneless chops, but does that vary the cooking time in slow cooker or oven? thank you for sharing your knowledge and creative recipes with all of us.
Hi Laurie! I think the cooking time would be off a bit, depending on the thickness of the chops 🙂
Jan jenkins says
I love crock pot cooking, was looking for a smothered pork chop recipe. I constantly search the internet for new interesting recipes.
This is definitely not my moms way of doing smothered pork chops, however; if she was still here she’d love it.
They are cooking in my crock pot as I type, the gravy is awesome….. can’t wait to enjoy.
Glad that you found my blog!
Barbara Roy says
This was delicious – just the recipe I was looking for.
Quick question I’ve made this before and my family loved it!! But I suck at measurements I was wondering how can I make this recipe for two? I want to make it for my boyfriend next weekend!
You can cut everything in half.
Robin Simmons says
Amazing!! Made these for dinner tonight! Hubby said it’s the best smothered pork chops he’s ever had. Mad props for this recipe! Def going in my recipe rotation.
Mike F. says
This recipe sounds amazing! Have you ever tried this recipe with beef broth instead of chicken broth?
Hi Mike! No, I haven’t tried beef broth.
Thanks so much for your great recipes. Your blog is exactly what I needed to put life back into my kitchen. Your recipies are the best. Made the smothered pork chops tonight, all I can say is wow… They were out of this world!!!
Thanks so much for trying!
This recipe was delicious and spot on! It’s now a family favorite <3
Thanks so much for trying Suzie!
One Blessed Aquarius says
I made this recipe tonight and it is absolutely delicious!!! I LOVE it. Thanks for sharing. You’re amazing!
I stumbled across your page yesterday and made your smothered chops tonight and they were amazing. I will definitely add these into my rotation. The flavors were on point. Thank you for sharing! I will be back for more recipes.
I stumbled across your page yesterday and made your smothered chops tonight and they were amazing! The flavors were on point. I will definitely be back for more recipes. Thank you for sharing.
Wendy Barnes says
That is all
I made this recipe tonight for dinner, I did the slow cooker method. And it turned out delicious. Thanks for sharing!!
Kaye Arnold says
I made this recipe last night for Valentine’s Day and it was divine! I had four large sirloin chops and used the oven method. They were so tender and the gravy was delicious. Thanks for sharing!
Ms Rosie, these were so good i couldn’t stop eating them, you are a blessing keep those recipes coming.
thank you Ms Rosie.
Bruce G. says
Smothered Pork Chops are excellent!
Can’t give enough stars for this recipe. I tried it just for a change and it is now one of my husbands very favorite dishes. Serve it over rice,egg noodles or potatoes. These always turn out Amazing.
Linda Moore says
We absolutely love the smother pork chops recipe; did not change a thing but to stock up on celery flakes!
This recipe was amazing and my family loved it….let’s just say no leftovers.
This smothered pork chops recipe is amazing! It had the whole house smelling delicious! Definitely adding to my rotation of recipes! Thanks for sharing!
Constance Gifford says
The smothered pork chops are the Bomb!!
Once again loved it!! My sister is an essential worker, so I always want to make sure she has a good meal to come home to.
Rosie for your wonderful recipes
My Mom and Son said thank you for making dinner a wonderful surprise every night ❤
Hey Constance!! So glad that you liked the recipe cousin!! XOXO
Davon Drake says
Smothered Pork chops were magnificent! The best thing I have ever cooked! The gravy was savory, creamy and thick! The chops were so tender they melted out of sight! 5 stars!
YAYYYY!! So glad that you liked my recipe! XOXO
Mine didn’t look as good as yours, Rosie, but it sure was delicious! I think I didn’t have enough flour left to add to the onions and should have added more at that point. But to be on the safe side, I waited to see what would happen once the liquids were added. So I ended up adding 2 T. cornstarch slurry. I made all of this in my 12″ stainless skillet so just slid it into the oven to bake. The last half hour or so, I turned up the temp so it would brown some.
Will definitely be making this again, hopefully even better next time. Love your Best Oven Baked BBQ Ribs, too!
Thanks for the great recipes and easy to follow instructions and videos.
Absolutely loved this and so did my family!!!! My husband told me to definitely lock this recipe in!!!! Thanks so much, you never disappoint!!!!!
Making this for lunch (our large meal) tomorrow. My husband LOVES pork, but it’s not my favorite. Because he likes everything well , well, well done. And dry, lol! Rosie, every single recipe of yours I make that man raves about. Even chicken, which isn’t his fave. Making all Rosie recipes tomorrow and planning to be lazy the rest of the day from eating such good food. Thank you!!
My house smells incredible! I didn’t have any half n half, so I substituted cream of celery soup in your recipe. The gravy is soooo good. I can’t wait until it all comes together. Dinner time can’t some soon enough!
Patricia Larimer says
This recipe looks amazing but I am confused. The total time listed above in the beginning says 30 mins. In the instructions it says to bake one hour and 25 mins. Is the recipe instructions correct?
The total time includes the prep time. 25 minutes is the actual cooking time.
This was amazing, and easy to put together. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Marcy Hansen says
Love this recipe! Use it all the time, even th picky kids eat them! Thanks Rosie!
Jonie Neese says
I have to tell you! This was so good it went in my “keepers” recipe book. This book is one that will be handed down to my daughter one day. I told my husband if the house ever catches fire and we are all safe… GET THAT BOOK!
I’ve made this several times. Some in the oven and some in the crock pot and both ways was absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this one!
LOL!! Not running into the house for the book! LOL!! This comment definitely made me laugh. Thank you Jonie! XOXO