Slow Cooker Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Oh. My. That pretty much sums up how I would describe this pork loin. Pure deliciousness! I am a bit obsessed with my crockpot these days. You cannot beat the convenience of throwing in a few simple ingredients in the morning, going about your day, and returning home to find a glorious meal waiting for your hungry family. I found this recipe on a favorite blog of mine (Mel’s Kitchen Cafe) and knew I had to try it. I am so glad I did. It was a huge hit with my whole family! The pork was perfectly seasoned, juicy, moist and falling apart tender. I have to say the sauce may have been the best part. A sweet balsamic glaze that would be delicious on chicken or salmon as well. I’m excited to share this recipe with you and hope you’ll try it soon. It definitely falls into the “impress your dinner guests with minimal effort” category!

Note: This recipe is easily doubled – increase all the amounts (for the pork or the glaze) if making a larger roast.

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS:

Pork:
2 pound boneless pork loin roast, trimmed of large fat pockets
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced or crushed
1/2 cup water

Glaze:
1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce

DIRECTIONS:

In a small bowl, combine the sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub the spices all over the roast. Place the pork roast in the slow cooker and pour in the 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Near the end of the cooking time for the roast, combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce and let the mixture simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens.

Remove the pork from the slow cooker, shred and place on a platter or plate. Drizzle the glaze over the pork and serve.

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4 Comments

  1. Carolyne Thrasher
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I am so trying this recipe this week! Can I ask you if you use an older or newer crockpot? I have one of each and I almost prefer cooking in the old one. Sometimes the new one cooks things too fast!

  2. Laura
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi Calolyne! I have a newer crockpot. In fact I stood in line at the Washington Square JC Penny at 4:00 in the morning one black Friday a few years ago to score a super sweet deal on it :) I do agree that newer models cook much faster so I always watch my cooking time. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

  3. Stacey Marson
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Laura! What would you recommend serving this with? Obviously rice looks like a good choice or perhaps some crusty artisan bread? And just a random veggie or do you have something that goes really well with this?? Thanks sweet friend!!

  4. Laura
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Hi Stacey! Because this has an Asian flavor from the sauce I would go with rice and steamed veggies on the side. I have a wonderful recipe for garlic rice pilaf that’s on this site that would be super yummy with this pork. Whatever you decide on, this is so quick, easy and delicious! Enjoy :)

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