Barbecue pork chops are delicious, regardless of how they’re cooked. For that reason, I make them a variety of ways, including in my slow cooker, in my air fryer, in a cast iron skillet, in the oven, and on the grill.
I highly recommend reading this entire post before you begin preparing the recipe. However, if all you want is the list of ingredients with full directions, please either click on the jump-to-recipe button above or scroll to the bottom of this post.
Best Barbecue Pork Chops Recipe
In my opinion, this is the best barbecue pork chops recipe. It’s ideal for family meals, dinner parties, and even when cooking for two.
Regardless of what method I use for cooking them, I use the same pork chops recipe, with the exception of the cook time. You can count on the cooking time to be longer in the slow cooker than in your air fryer.
I’ve made them in an Instant Pot as well, and I like them. However, they were so tender when cooked this way they fell apart, and I wound up shredding the meat.
Barbecue Pork Chops Ingredients
There are some essential basic ingredients you’ll need to make this version of barbecue pork chops. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Boneless pork chops (approximately 1/2-3/4 inches thick)
- Chicken broth
- Barbecue sauce (either homemade or Sweet Baby Ray sauce)
- Chopped onions
- Minced garlic
- Cooking oil (olive oil or canola oil)
- Salt and black pepper (optional)
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
I make this delicious homemade barbecue sauce that has a hint of sweetness from a little bit of brown sugar. If you have your own favorite recipe, that’s fine. However, my homemade bbq sauce is super quick and easy, so I highly recommend at least trying it.
Although I used boneless chops, if you have bone-in pork chops, that’s fine too. Most of the time, that’s what I buy, but I just happened to have these in the freezer.
In my opinion, the best pork chops are the ones that are on sale, so I stock up when the price is right.
Another thing you can do before putting the chops in the pot is apply some type of bbq rub. My favorite is this Butt Rub that I got at Costco. My husband says this dry rub makes all meat taste better.
You can add it to the meat and even sprinkle some into the chicken broth. I like to layer flavors.
More Add-Ons for Extra Flavor
You can also use a blend of garlic powder, onion powder, and other seasonings you like. We like a lot of flavor, so sometimes I go a little crazy with the spices. I usually add a little bit of Himalayan pink salt or kosher salt when I don’t have a dry rub that already has salt in it.
How to Make Barbecue Pork Chops in a Slow Cooker
I’ll start out with my Crock Pot recipe, and then I’ll explain how to cook them in the oven.
First thing I do is spray some oil in the bottom of the slow cooker. That makes it so much easier to clean later.
Secondly, place pork chops in the bottom of the pot in a single layer. It’s okay if they touch, but I used a larger pot for a small amount of meat. For that reason, they had a little space between them.
Divide the garlic and spread it over the pork chops.
Although you can leave this out, I highly recommend using it because it adds so much flavor.
Next, sprinkle the onions evenly over the pork chops.
You may sauté them first if you prefer, but it isn’t necessary.
I normally add any type of dry rub before anything else. But this time, I did it out of order and sprinkled it over the meat, garlic, and onions.
Now drizzle the barbecue sauce over the top of the meat. If you like extra sauce, by all means, add it.
The last thing to do is pour the chicken broth into the pot, around the pork chops.
This is a great way to keep them moist as they cook.
Cover the pot and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the thickness of the meat. I like fairly thick-cut pork chops, so I cooked them for 3-1/2 hours.
Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest pork chop. The internal temperature of pork chops should be at least 145˚ F when they’re done.
If you have longer, you can cook the bbq pork chops on low for 6 hours. They’ll be even more tender when you cut into them.
More Easy Dinner Recipes
There are times when I don’t mind spending a lot of time cooking, but most nights I want something quick. In my opinion, cooking bbq pork chops in the Crock Pot or any slow cooker is the easy way of having a delicious dinner.
Here are more of my favorite super easy recipes for a family dinner:
Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole – This one-pan meal is a simple recipe that you can put on the dinner table in a short amount of time with very little effort.
Smothered Potatoes and Sausage – Here is another one-pan dinner with lots of delicious flavor that the whole family will enjoy.
Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken – The blend of tropical flavors will make your family so happy you’ll want to make this one over and over.
How to Make Pork Chops in the Oven
A different way of cooking barbecue pork chops is in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375˚ F. Spray the bottom of a pan or baking sheet with oil to keep the meat from sticking.
Add all of the ingredients listed above, except the chicken broth. If you’re using a deep pan, you can add the broth, but leave it out of the recipe if you’re using a baking sheet.
Cook the meat for 30-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145˚ F.
Easy Sides to Serve with Barbecue Pork Chops
I like to have a variety of side dishes that I can mix and match with each main dish to make a great meal. Here are some of our favorites that go with these pork chops:
Buttermilk Garlic Mashed Potatoes – The creamy texture of these mashed potatoes adds an extra element of flavor and comfort to this yummy family dinner.
Classic Baked Mac and Cheese – This is an old-school recipe that was passed down in my family, which is why I find it so comforting at the end of a long day.
Air Fryer Carrots – There’s something about cooking baby carrots in an air fryer that brings out the natural sweetness. These will be a huge hit with the family!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Whether you cook these in the oven or air fryer, you’ll love the flavor of this delicious side dish.
Mama’s Potato Salad – Another great option is this yummy potato salad that my mother used to make. It was always one of the first dishes to disappear at family gatherings.
Fried Green Tomatoes – Stacey has a recipe for this wonderful southern favorite on his blog, Southern Bite. It’s something you definitely need to try … and you’ll be hooked!
Broccoli Slaw – This salad has tons of flavor and satisfying crunch. It’s always a favorite side dish around our house.
Southern Style Corn Bread – If you like cornbread, try this yummy recipe that was passed down from my great-grandmother, then to my grandmother and mom.
- 2 or 3 boneless pork chops cut approximately 1/2-3/4” thick
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce (homemade or bottled)
- 1/3 cup of chopped onions
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Spray the bottom of your slow cooker pot with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the pork chops in the bottom of the pot in a single layer.
- Divide the garlic and spread it over the pork chops.
- Sprinkle the onions on top.
- If you want to add salt and pepper, do it now.
- Drizzle the barbecue sauce over the top.
- Pour the chicken broth into the pot around the pork chops to keep them moist.
- Cook on high for 3-1/2 hours or medium for 6 hours.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
If you want to add a dry rub for extra flavor, put it on the meat before you put it in the pot or before you add the barbecue sauce.
Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 414Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 104mgSodium 651mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 38g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.