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
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