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Gluten Free Dairy Free Orange-Apricot Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker

With spring in the air, the activities for my kids seem to fill up the calendar.  Soccer, track practice, Girl and Boy Scouts – you name it!  Whew!  If it weren’t for my crock pot I don’t know where our dinner would come from sometimes.  Fortunately, most crock pot recipes also freeze beautifully, making dinner easy on a busy day.  Take your meal out of the freezer the night before, allowing it to thaw in the refrigerator.  In the morning, pop it into your slow cooker, then head out for the day.  Dinner will be ready and bubbling when you get home.  Can’t get easier than that!

If you love your crock pot as much as I do, visit Stephanie O’Dea at A Year of Slow Cooking.  She set a goal (and met it!) in 2008 to slow cook and post about it every day for a year.  Every recipe is gluten free (though not necessarily dairy free, so watch for that if you need to.  She will tell you honestly if something tasted good, if the kids liked it, or if it was only grown up fare.  You need gluten free play dough?  The GF play dough recipe on her site is the best I have tried, and trust me, we have made a LOT of play dough.  The below recipe she posted from a friend and is now one of our family favorites.

Gluten & Dairy Free Orange-Apricot Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker


Adapted by Angela @ Once A Month Mom from Alison @ The Big Pink Farm (posted by Stephanie O’Dea)


  • 3 pounds pork chops
  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (omit for Paleo or Whole30 diets)
  • 1 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 11 ounces mandarin oranges (and juice!)
  • 3 cups cooked white rice (serving day)


Use a 4-6 quart crockpot.  Put pork chops into your crockpot. In a small bowl, combine jam, brown sugar, and spices. Spoon over pork chops. Add the entire can of mandarin oranges evenly over the top. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours, or on high for about 4.

Serve with rice to soak up the yummy juice and a side salad.

Freezing Directions:

Place all ingredients into gallon sized freezer bags.  Remove as much air as possible, seal, label and freeze.

Servings:  6

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14 Responses to “Gluten Free Dairy Free Orange-Apricot Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker”

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  2. Jennifer G. says:

    If I want to freeze these ahead of time do I put everything in the freezer bag precooked or cooked? Thank you!

    • angela says:

      If you would like to be able to have a slow cooker meal if the freezer, put everything into the bag uncooked. That is how I make it for our family.

      If you would like the meal to be cooked for you and all ready to heat and eat, put everything into the bag after cooking in the slow cooker and cooling. Thaw and reheat when you need your meal. I like to serve over rice, quinoa, or sweet potatoes with a salad.

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  6. Bridget says:

    Made these today, so delicious! I did make a couple adjustments. I added just a little marjoram, cumin, a dash of chile powder, and garlic. I was so pleased with this recipe! Definitely will be making this again!

  7. Allison Walton says:

    I cooked these according to the directions, and they turned into burnt hockey pucks!! Did I do something wrong??

    • mindy says:

      Hi Allison! I’m sorry these didn’t turn out! The temperature varies so much with slow cookers! Next time I would recommend checking in on them about half-way through and seeing how they are doing, it might be that your slow cooker is just a bit hotter.

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  9. Sarah says:

    Quick question! If I’m freezing these to go in the crockpot, do I need to thaw overnight before putting in the crockpot on low for 8 hours, or do I put it all in frozen? Thank you!

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