Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered pork chops is a traditional southern fare and true soul food that is sure to please. It’s the food of the interior Deep South, mainly Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, i.e., what used to be called the Cotton Belt and the Black Belt. The velvety, savory gravy and tender, juicy pork chops are very easy to make hence perfect for any night of the week.


  • 1 1/2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 4 pork chops, 3/4 to 1 inch thick
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Season the pork chops with salt and freshly cracked black pepper on both sides.
  2. In a small bowl, mix flour with garlic powder and chili powder. Coat each of the pork chops in flour and shake the excess. Place aside 2 tablespoons of seasoned flour.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1/4 cup oil until it shimmers. When the oil is hot, lay the pork chops in the pan and fry for 4-5 minutes each side until golden. Transfer to a plate. Pour off the excess oil and wipe out the skillet.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in the remaining oil. Add onions, season with more salt and pepper and cook the onions until they are well-browned and soft. (Onions should be slightly caramelized for best results, 10-15 minutes).
  5. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add butter and let it melt, then sprinkle in reserved flour. Cook until flour is no longer raw, for about two minutes. Stir in the chicken broth and buttermilk and bring to a simmer, until sauce begins to thicken. Add a splash of water if the mixture is getting too thick.
  6. Add pork chops back into the skillet and cook for about 10-15 minutes until the pork is cooked through and the flavors have built on each other. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
  7. Finally, garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

The real secret to making smothered pork chops is to cook it low-and-slow in a flavorful onion gravy until the meat becomes tender. Serve the smothered pork chop recipe with rice, mashed potatoes or noodles, and greens for a complete meal that the entire family will enjoy.