Slow-Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

Slow-Cooker Smothered Pork Chops
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  1. 4 bone-in pork chops, about 3/4 inch
  2. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  4. 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  5. 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  6. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  7. 1 1/2 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  8. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. 2 tablespoons water
  11. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  12. 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  1. 1 Spray 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. 2 Pat pork chops dry with paper towels; season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. 3 Heat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bacon; cook and stir until browned. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to slow cooker. Increase heat of skillet to medium-high; add pork chops to bacon drippings in skillet. Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer to slow cooker.
  4. 4 Add onions to skillet. Cook and stir about 4 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Transfer to slow cooker. Add broth, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 hours or until pork chops are just done, but still moist.
  5. 5 Remove pork chops to serving tray; cover with foil to keep warm. Increase slow cooker to High heat setting.
  6. 6 In small bowl, beat water, cornstarch and vinegar with whisk. Stir into liquid in slow cooker. Cover; cook 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  7. 7 Ladle sauce over pork chops; serve immediately.