Slow Cooker Pork With Beans

6 Servings
8 hr 15 min

This Slow Cooker Pork with Beans is a budget-friendly family dinner. It requires just about 15 minutes of prep, then you can set it and forget it. Even with a busy workday schedule, a hearty home cooked dinner is obtainable with this meal. Just a little bit of time invested in the morning reaps big rewards at the end of the day.

When it’s done, the pork is fork tender and the beans are buttery. Serve over white rice to sop up the sweet and slightly spicy barbecue style sauce. This is a filling and satisfying comfort meal.

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Slow Cooker Pork With Beans
Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 8 Hours Total time: 8 hr 15 min
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  • 3 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 (15.4 ounce) cans beans, drained (I use butter beans, a.k.a. lima beans)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (I use Baby Ray’s Sweet and Spicy)
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce (I use Heinz)
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 rounded teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper (for a hint of heat)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Olive oil to coat bottom of skillet
  • a pinch of salt and pepper to sweat onions

Cut pork into large chunks. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
Preheat a 12-inch skillet on medium high. Add enough olive oil to lightly cover bottom of skillet. Add half of the pork to skillet. Leave undisturbed until golden brown on the bottom, about 2-3 minutes. Turn and brown on the remaining sides, about 1-2 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium if the skillet becomes too brown at any point. Transfer to the slow cooker. Repeat cooking the second batch.
While the pork sears in the skillet, prepare the sauce. Add barbecue sauce, chili sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, chipotle pepper, and chicken broth into a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
Once all the pork has been transferred to the slow cooker, reduce the skillet heat to medium-medium low. Add onion and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic. Sauté for 1 minute. Transfer to the slow cooker.
Add drained beans to the slow cooker. Pour in sauce. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. Pork is done when it can be easily pulled apart without any force using 2 forks.
Serve over rice.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
  • Bone-in ribs can be used but they will take longer to cook.
  • Different models of crockpots / slow cookers can cook at different rates. The cook time given are guidelines. You might need to do periodic checks for doneness. If the pork is tough, continue to cook. It’s done when it’s fall apart fork tender.
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  • Beth Beth on Oct 15, 2022

    If you use a slow cooker/pressure cooker like an Instant pot, you can saute the meat & onions right in it before cooking. I'm all for using fewer pots & pans.