Trim the chops of excess fat. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a large cast-iron skillet, and then swirl in the olive oil.
Lay in the pork chops and brown well on each side for a total of about 10 minutes. Transfer the chops to a warm plate.
Swirl the butter into the pan. Add the onion and apples. Sauté until the onion slices are lightly caramelized and the apples have begun to soften, about 8 minutes.
Stir in the beer or other liquid. Return chops to the pan.
Cook until the pork is tender, about 15 more minutes, turning halfway through and covering the chops with the apple mixture.
Serve the chops over rice or mashed potatoes with a large spoonful of the apple-onion mixture over the top. *
*Please use safe handling and cooking procedures when preparing any food.