Drunken Stove Top Pork Chops

Drunken Stove Top Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it’s finest and seriously delicious with fall-apart-tender thin-cut pork chops. Even your kids will love it (don’t worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

Drunken Stove Top Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest and seriously delicious with fall-apart-tender thin-cut pork chops. Even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

Drunken Stove Top Pork Chops

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Sometimes it feels like there is no time at all on weeknights, which I’m sure is the case with most American families. One thing that allows us to have a little more quality time is making foods that have minimal work at the beginning and then a bunch of downtime. Especially if that recipe also ends up tasting amazing. Enter: Drunken Skillet Pork Chops.

My mom is really great at coming up with recipes like this. And she’s always very generous in sharing them with me! So when she texted me and told me I had to try this awesome easy pork chop recipe she made up, I said of course and got to work.

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I’m calling these Drunken Pork Chops because much like me, they love a good red wine. Now, I know some people aren’t into cooking with alcohol. If this is you that’s totally cool, no judgement, but this probably isn’t the recipe for you. I have many other recipes which do not include alcohol of any sort that you’ll love! That being said, don’t let the term “drunken” scare you. The alcohol actually cooks off leaving you with the most fantastically savory sauce!

If you’re ok with a little booze in your food, you will fall in love with these boneless pork chops. They have the most savory, delicious flavor that only wine can bring to a dish. And once you’ve done the ten minutes of work up front, you have a good hour of down time to hang with your kids or read a good book (or drink some of the leftover wine!).

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Tips for making Red Wine Braised Pork Chops

  • I used thin sliced pork chops for this because they become tender and delicious as they braise in that glorious wine sauce, but they don’t need to go forever the way thicker chops often do (I love most thin pork chop recipes for this reason!). If you make this with thick pork chops, it will still taste delicious, but it won’t be fall-apart tender.
  • I’d assume you can do thick ones in the slow cooker. I haven’t tested this. I’ve heard from others that it won’t cook the alcohol out, but I’ve cooked other recipes in the slow cooker with wine and the booze definitely did cook out, so it could go either way. If you do try thick chops in the slow cooker (8 hours on low is what I’d do) please leave a comment and let me know how it works out and if the booze cooked out.
  • Although I used boneless thin cut chops, you could totally make this with bone in pork chops as long as they’re thin cut for the same delicious results.
  • I prefer to slice my onions into thin rings because I think they look pretty in rings. I go with a thin slice because as it all braises, they kind of melt into the sauce and eventually melt in your mouth. This takes the whole stopping-it-up-with-bread thing to a whole other delicious level.
  • Speaking of bread, please promise me you’ll eat this with a crusty loaf of bread because that sauce is amazing and basically begs for bread to dip in it. This sauce is so tasty that you may find yourself strongly considering drinking it with a straw. No judgement. I live that life.
  • Make sure you give this a full hour of braising. You can go in and stir it once in a while but leave it covered and let it work it’s magic.
  • If you prefer a thicker gravy you can totally thicken it with a slurry made with a combo of a few tablespoons of flour (or cornstarch) and water. Add it about 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  • It makes 8 thin pork chops which is a good amount for our little family, with leftovers for me to bring for lunch (or J, if he wants to battle with me over who gets them!). It could easily feed four adults if you’re not concerned with having leftovers.

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Helpful tools:

  1. Large saute pan
  2. Wooden spoon
  3. Chef’s knife
  4. Cutting board
  5. Measuring cups
  6. Measuring spoons

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Drunken Stove Top Pork Chops
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Inactive time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Drunken Stove Top Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest and seriously delicious with fall-apart-tender thin-cut pork chops. Even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stove top pork chops
Author: Patty Scuteri
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 thin-cut boneless pork chops (mine were around 1/4 inch thick- you can also use bone-in as long as they're thin cut)
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 14.5 ounce can beef broth (you can also use chicken broth if that's what you have on hand)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • Water (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat.

  2. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towel and season well with salt and pepper on both sides.

  3. In batches, sear each chop until browned on both sides, about 1-2 minutes per side and then place them into a side plate. Make sure you don't overload the pan!

  4. Once all the pork chops are browned and out of the pan, add the remaining Tablespoon of oil and then add sliced onion and smashed garlic.

  5. Season them with salt and pepper to taste and saute them stirring constantly for a minute or two.

  6. Next, add the wine to the pan and scrape up the brown bits with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan.

  7. After the wine has simmered for a minute or two, add broth and tomato paste. Stir well to combine and add the pork chops back into the pan. Bring it to a boil.

  8. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for an hour, stirring periodically. If it starts to dry out, add a little water (I didn't run into this issue). Serve immediately after the hour is up.

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Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!
Drunken Stove Top Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest and seriously delicious with fall-apart-tender thin-cut pork chops. Even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    January 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm This looks soooo good! I just pinned it to my personal board to try for dinner. I'm all about pork chops + wine, but I usually use white, so can't wait to try it with red and a little tomato paste. I bet it makes these so rich and delicious. Tracy | Baking Mischief recently posted...Quick and Easy Small Batch of Pico de GalloMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:35 am Thank you! I also use white more often so when my mom said red I knew I had to give them a shot!
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    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
    January 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm This looks super hearty! Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish recently posted...Easy Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli RecipeMy Profile
    • Reply
      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:34 am Thank you :)
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    Ali from Home & Plate
    January 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm This is my kind of dinner. Easy and delicious. I love pork chops but they can be boring without some kind of sauce and this sounds delicious. I will have to put this on my dinner menu for later this week. Yum.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:34 am I agree, Ali- they need an extra something! I'm always looking for ways to make them more delicious!
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    Luci's Morsels
    January 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm Savoring those moments is so hard during the weeknights - even just for me and my husband. Dinners with little prep time and little cleanup are such a great way to prioritize that precious time!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:56 am I'm so with you :)
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    Carla
    January 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm This sounds amazing. Definitely going to give this a try. Do you add the pork chops back into the pan with the broth? Andy loves porkchops I can't wait to see what he thinks about this.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:33 am I don't know how I missed that- I added them in right after stirring in the broth and tomato paste! I just updated the recipe :)
  • Reply
    2pots2cook
    January 25, 2017 at 6:50 am Hello! Simple ingredients usually make the best of meals. Thank you !
    • Reply
      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:31 am I agree :)
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    Jane
    February 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm Do you have any recommendations re: what kind of wine?
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      Jessy
      February 23, 2017 at 9:15 am Hi Jane- good question! I tend to favor dry red wines. We typically always have a bottle of a a California Cabernet Sauvignon in the house as well as Red Zinfandel. If you're looking for Old World wines a French Bordeaux is usually our go-to or for Italian it's a Chianti, Sangiovese or a Brunello. I would encourage you to avoid sweeter reds like Lambrusco for this dish because I think the sweet flavor would be a bit much with the other flavors. Enjoy!
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    Hannah
    May 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm An hour seems like a long time to simmer. This doesn't end up with rubbery porkchops? Just wanted to make sure I have the times right! Thanks for the recipe! It's cooking right now!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      May 8, 2017 at 12:40 pm They simmer at a lower temperature so that they break down and get tender. The idea behind "low and slow". If you're using thicker chops you might need to go longer as thick ones could take longer to break down. Enjoy!
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    Hannah
    May 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm You were absolutely right! These were absolutely scrumptious. Thanks for the lesson!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      May 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm I'm so glad you loved them! I totally had my doubts as well before I tasted them :)
  • Reply
    Colleen
    May 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm I can't wait to try the recipe tomorrow, but you might want to make one edit. Reread step 6 closely. I think you meant bits. :)
    • Reply
      Jessy
      May 30, 2017 at 9:36 pm Hahaha thank you for the heads up- I just fixed it. I promise I was NOT drunk when I wrote this, contrary to what my typos and the recipe name implies ;)
    • Reply
      Jessy
      May 30, 2017 at 9:44 pm I hope you enjoy this!
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    Natalie
    June 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm Have you ever tried putting all the ingredients in a crockpot? I've never cooked pork chops before and was going to try this tonight. I saw a bunch of pork chop crockpot recipes when I came across this one. It looks delicious!!!
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      Jessy
      June 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm Hi Natalie- I haven't but I bet it would be amazing! I think I'd like to try it like that, although I might use thicker chops (or reduce the cooking time from the usual 8 hours on low that you typically find in these type of recipes). Enjoy!
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        Summer
        August 10, 2018 at 12:40 am If you're going to do this in a slow cooker, I would recommend boiling the alcohol out of the wine before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. The slow cooker won't get hot enough to burn it off. I learned this the hard way making spaghetti sauce once and it was not good!
        • Reply
          Jessy Freimann
          August 13, 2018 at 10:14 am Thanks for the heads up! I had no idea, but it does make sense.
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    Jason
    June 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm Wish you would have specified Red wine in your initial ingredient list.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      June 23, 2017 at 11:03 am Bummer, it sounds like you missed my paragraph in the post about red wine and all the photos featuring the red sauce, I'll update that. :( This can be made with white wine as well and still taste delicious, so hopefully it tasted great still!
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    Shell
    June 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm I am going to make this recipe tonight but plan on using thicker chops about 1 1/2 to 2inch Thicke boneless chops. How long would I have to cook these thicker cuts?
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      June 29, 2018 at 1:32 pm Hi Shell- I haven't tested it with thicker chops but probably a couple hours. I'd say you're better off filleting the pork chops so they're thin. Good luck!
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        Shell
        June 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm Thanks, I made it with the thicker chops cooked on medium heat like you said to do. Cooked them for an hour and they were super dry. So bummed. My bad luck cooking any type of pork chop or ribs continues.😔
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          Jessy Freimann
          June 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm Bummer- I hope you'll try it again with thinner chops! Or perhaps with thicker chops in a slow cooker?
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    Sandie
    October 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm I am a empty nester and do a lot of freezer meals. Could I make this and break it into 4 portions?
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      October 7, 2018 at 4:17 pm Although I've never tried freezing it, I bet it would be just fine once fully cooked. Enjoy!

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