Feb 20
Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork in the Crockpot23 Comments

Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork

When I was growing up, I remember hating walking in from school or swim practice and seeing the crockpot on the countertop. For some reason, the meal inside of it never really appealed to me. It always ended up being delicious, and I am not quite sure why I felt that way about it. Now that I have a household of my own, I know exactly why my mom would pull out that crockpot during our busy weeks. Having four kids with many different schedules, it definitely was a chance for her to make us a healthy and delicious meal on those really hectic nights.

Since I don’t have any children yet, I am fortunate enough to come home to an empty house relatively early, and prep and cook a delicious meal each night. There are those nights though when the last thing I want to do is fuss over what to make for dinner. Especially on my Zumba nights. I have really embraced the crockpot lately, and have discovered some really great recipes. This pork being another great addition to the repertoire.

I had intentions on making a pan grilled honey ginger pork tenderloin, but ended up accidentally using up all the honey in the house. I remember I had pinned this recipe, thought that it was a great alternative, and as an added bonus it was made in the crockpot. So I made the switch, and I am glad I did. The pork is rubbed with spices, cooked for several hours, then you top it with a sweet and tangy glaze during the last bit of cooking. Served with some mashed sweet potatoes and a veggie it felt like a Sunday night dinner during the week. The pork was tender and the glaze made it something extra special. I love that it is a quick weeknight meal I could make or that it would be fancy enough for having some company over for dinner. Don’t you love when you have a recipe like that?

Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork

For the pork:

1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water
For the Glaze:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
What you’ll do:
Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast. Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before roast is done, combine ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens, it took about 5-10 minutes for mine to thicken. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.

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23 Responses to Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork in the Crockpot

  1. I love this pork! I love that it is made in the crockpot- so easy. And, this glaze is amazing! I want to try it on chicken. Yours looks so tender it’s falling apart. It looks delicious.

  2. Bethany says:

    Made this for dinner last night and the glaze was amazing! Can’t wait to try the glaze on chicken, too! Keep these yummy recipes coming!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What do you serve this with?

  4. Kim says:

    We made this today and it was so easy and delicious! Highly recommended.

  5. Katie says:

    This looks SO GOOD. I’m a busy student and always on the hunt for slow-cooker recipes! Thanks!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m making this today! Really excited to see how it turns out.

  7. Kelsey says:

    This looks absolutely amazing. I love using my slow cooker when I know I’ve got busy times ahead. I make the meal, then freeze half to defrost on hectic days!

  8. Anonymous says:

    This may be a silly question, but did you use balsamic vinegarette salad dressing?

    • Krissy says:

      Not the salad dressing, plain balsamic vinegar. It will be located near the salad dressings but with your other vinegars, enjoy!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting and pinning! Any idea how many this would serve?

  10. Alfred Lock says:

    I wanted to print this but there is no print this resipe button

    • Krissy says:

      My site is currently undergoing a redesign so there is no print button yet, sorry for the inconvenience!

  11. Terry says:

    How about using it on other Pork Roast cuts!!!

  12. Terry says:

    Sorry I forgot to check off at bottom!!

  13. egnalosd says:

    cela m’a l’air bien bon je copie et j’essaie vous direz après !
    merci !

  14. Brooke says:

    The glaze was awesome. Next time I will season the pork a little more, maybe with rosemary, and add broth or water to the crockpot to keep it moist. Will make again! Thanks!

  15. Michelle Taylor says:

    Can you usee this recipe for a pork roast and instead of the crockpot use slow cook it in the oven. From the picture you had me and after reading the comments I am sold on making it for a Sunday meal.

  16. Jessica @ Sunny Side Up says:

    So yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    I was not going to be home an hour before the pork was finished so I actually put all of the ingredients in the crock pot at once. While I was preparing the sides, I cranked the crock pot up to high and took the lid off to thicken up the sauce. It worked perfectly, not quite glaze like, but absolutely delicious. I also added an onion, cut into rings. Yum!

  17. carole saber says:

    All my roast fall apart and I can’t slice them. Does anyone else have this problem? Maybe I should slice the roast when it’s still hard and then put the slices back in the crock pot. Any suggestions?

    • Krissy says:

      As you can tell from the picture, mine did not slice, it was more shredded than anything.

  18. Dianne says:

    Made this tonight and just finished dinner. Loved it, tasted great and I followed recipe totally.

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