brown sugar and balsamic crock pot pork recipeI saw this recipe bouncing around on my beloved Pinterest, and knew that I had to try it.  I love anything with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar.  I am so glad that I did.  I cannot think of an easier, more perfect meal for the crazy first days of school.  The pork cooks in a slow cooker with some salt, pepper, crushed garlic, and ground sage with a little water for 6 to 8 hours.  A hour before it is done, you make a super quick glaze, pour half over the roast and serve the remaining glaze alongside the pork when it is finished.  The sauce is dark and rich, sweet and savory.  My son ate four helpings of this pork.  It was a huge hit, and will be on heavy rotation this fall.  I roasted some sweet potatoes with a little taco seasoning and a small salad.  A perfect, simple meal.

This little monkey went to Kindergarten today.  I do not know where the time went.  I swear that she just came home in a pink blanket, swaddled, and screaming.  She cried a lot.  You would never know it looking at her sweet little face now would you?  She was so excited to get to school and could care less that she was leaving me.  She literally skipped into school.  I know that is how we want them to be, independent and strong, but she didn’t even turn around to wave.  My day is done.  She came home (she walked home by herself with her brother!) the most excited I have ever seen her.  It was adorable.

My handsome son started the 2nd grade today.  He had a little apprehension, afraid that he would not make any friends, he would get lost, but he had an awesome day.   He came home happy and in a great mood.  Will is super smart, but does not love going to school.  Today was encouraging.  I hope that the rest of the days are like this.  We love the new school and are blessed with great teachers.

brown sugar and balsamic slow cooker pork recipe1 (2-pound) boneless pork loin
1 teaspoon ground dried sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons soy sauce

brown sugar and balsamic slow cooker pork recipeMix together sage, salt, pepper, and garlic.

brown sugar and balsamic slow cooker pork recipeRub the mixture over the pork.  Add it to the slow cooker and pour 1/2 cup water in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

brown sugar and balsamic slow cooker pork recipeOne hour before the pork is cooked, put the brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic, water, and soy sauce in a sauce pan.  Bring the mixture to a bubble over medium heat.  It will get thick.

brown sugar and balsamic slow cooker pork recipePour half of the glaze over the pork.  Reserve the rest to serve alongside.

Cook the pork for another hour.

brown sugar and balsamic slow cooker pork recipeShred the pork with a fork.  It will fall apart, it is so tender.

brown sugar and balsamic slow cooker pork recipeServe with the remaining glaze.  The original recipe comes from here.

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Slow Cooked Pork


  • 1 (2-pound) boneless pork loin
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Mix together sage, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  2. Rub the mixture over the pork. Add it to the slow cooker and pour 1/2 cup water in the bottom of the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. One hour before the pork is cooked, put the brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic, water, and soy sauce in a sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a bubble over medium heat. It will get thick.
  4. Pour half of the glaze over the pork. Reserve the rest to serve alongside.
  5. Cook the pork for another hour.
  6. Shred the pork with a fork. It will fall apart, it is so tender.
  7. Serve with the remaining glaze.

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67 Responses to Brown Sugar and Balsamic Slow Cooked Pork

  1. Your kids are gorgeous! :)

    This pork looks wonderful- I’m secretly a teensy bit excited for fall for slow cooker season!

  2. Staci says:

    Hmmm, I’m not much for pork, but this recipe looks like a real winner! I’ll be giving it a try.

  3. I can’t wait to try this – it is perfect for our hectic soccer season schedule. The crock pot will be my new cooking tool for the foreseeable future. And it sounds sweet, so maybe my daughter will actually eat it. :)

    • bakedbree says:

      It is sweet. It is big with the kids because of this. But adults love it too. I have been using my slow cooker a lot lately and I have fallen in love with it all over again.

  4. Emily says:

    Just discovered your blog recently. I love love all the recipes and amazing photos! Your kids are too cute, can’t believe they are already back to school!!

  5. corey says:

    Bree, the kids look so adorable! They are really growing up fast. They both have changed so much since May! This dish looks delish. I never use my slow cooker and would really like to start. This looks perfect!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thanks Corks! I can see FM gobbling this up. It has his name all over it. I have been using mine a lot lately. Esp when it was so hot, it didn’t make my kitchen hot like the oven does.

  6. Thank you, I am making this for dinner tonight! I had everything but the pork, so I ran next door and took care of that. Just threw everything into the slow cooker. Today my son went back to school as well. He sprung out of bed, packed his snack, and waited for the bus for a half hour. 😉

  7. Michelle says:

    What happy cute kids!!

    And that pork sounds amazing. I love simple sauces like this!

  8. Jenn C. says:

    I used to have that crock pot. I got it as a wedding gift and gave it to a bachelor friend a few months ago. Now I have a Wolfgang Puck versa cooker. It’s awesome. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • bakedbree says:

      I really want the new one that Williams Sonoma has. The insert can go on the stove, so you can brown things before you put it in. Want it bad!

  9. Kocinera says:

    This sounds so amazing! I’m a huge pulled pork fan already, but this balsamic business sounds so delicious!

  10. i realize this is a strange comment, but i love the light in your new kitchen!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Emily. Parts of it does, and the other side is dark. I have been cranking my ISO super high for process photos.

  11. Michelle says:

    I really need to try this recipe. Looks so yummy!!
    School starts really early for you! My little one starts kindergarden, but not for 3 weeks (thank goodness). I’m not ready.

  12. Juli says:

    this sounds wonderful, i can’t wait to try it! i have a question that i’m slightly embarrassed to ask because it’s probably super simple (i’m not so great in the kitchen but if i don’t ask i won’t learn)…how do you roast sweet potatoes? and not just roasting them…but with taco seasoning? i love sweet potatoes and that sounds really good. thanks so much! adorable kiddos btw:)

    • bakedbree says:

      Never be embarrassed to ask me a question. Ever, ever. I peel the sweet potato and cut into chucks. Toss with a little olive oil and a good sprinkle of taco seasoning (and salt if your seasoning doesn’t already have some in it) . I used the Trader Joes kind, but any is fine. And then baked in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes?

  13. Kerri says:

    We don’t eat pork but the recipe still looks amazing. Do you think this would work well with chicken breasts?? I hope so!

    • bakedbree says:

      I bet that it would be delicious with chicken. I would just reduce the cooking time. If you try it, let me know how it is.

  14. Julie says:

    Sounds like your kids are getting a great start! I’d love to get my paws on some of that pork…yum!

  15. Chesney says:

    I just made this pork for dinner and it is my new favorite. So yummy and so easy. I love that I already had all the ingredients in my kitchen.

  16. Nia says:

    Wow, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. I never would’ve thought what a great balance! This recipe is amazing and very out of the box.

  17. Rebecca says:

    I love simple recipes like this one, especially when it pairs well with sweet potatoes.

  18. Molly says:

    I had to go buy a slow cooker to make this and was a little unsure as to how it would be received but was totally take aback when I was being asked for seconds, thirds, and fourths. A total hit to say the least! Thank you!

    • bakedbree says:

      Wow, I am impressed that you went out and bought a slow cooker. I bet that you will fall in love with it. I use mine all the time.

  19. Jim says:


    I noticed that you tied the pork loin. Any particular reason for a loin piece that small?

  20. Marissa Kubinski says:

    Hi! I made this recipe last night and it was delicious. The sauce really made the dish.
    Thanks again :)

  21. Courtney says:

    Making this tonight (just stuck it in the crockpot), along with roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus. Important question, though: would you serve it with red or white wine?

    • bakedbree says:

      It is really up to you. I know nothing about wine, other than, I know what I like and don’t like. :)

      • Courtney says:

        I ended up serving it with a Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir. It worked really well with the pork, which was out of this world. My husband and I both loved it, and I will definitely be making it again, especially since it was so easy. Thanks, Bree!

  22. Mara says:

    I made this last night and it got rave reviews from my husband and 3 year-old! Thanks for all your awesome recipes – I look forward to your posts! (particularly ones that feature dinners – I am always looking for new things to try :)

    • bakedbree says:

      Thanks Mara. Glad that it was a hit with the fam. I have a few more this week that I think that you will like.

  23. Stacy says:

    Did you have to add more water as it cooked for those many hours? Half a cup of water doesn’t seem like much, although I did notice the crock pot looked dry in the photo where you started adding the sauce.

    Love your blog!

  24. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I’ve already made it twice and it was a total hit with my family- love your blog, especially the quick weeknight meals you’ve been posting since school has started!

  25. Diem says:

    Hi Bree, I’m rediscovering your blog. It looks great – love the changes. I made your cucumber salad tonight and am poking around for some more recipes. I’m trying to do more slow cooker cooking – I’ve used my slow cooker twice in 5 years! Where are you these days? I think you used to live in Sac area – I’m north of there.

  26. Michael M Jones says:

    I made this recipe tonight, and it turned out AMAZING. My wife is about ready to worship me for the end result. She came home from work, to great smells and an excellent dinner. Thanks for sharing this! I’m a slow cooker aficionado and this is one I’ll keep for repeated use.

  27. Julie says:

    Just popping in to say I finally tried this recipe over the weekend and loved it. I’m not a pork person and I’ve been gingerly eating at pork loins but this recipe was so incredible I went back for seconds.

  28. Mandy says:

    This was delicious! I made it with the sweet potato casserole with the pecan topping and some creamed spinach! Yummy fall dinner.

  29. Brandy Sievers says:

    Back again and another winner! Thanks Bree-so yummy. I think both my parents had 3rds. I even did the sweet potatoes too. :)

  30. Judy says:

    how many does this recipe serve?

  31. Kim says:

    Wow. I’ve been in a rut with pulled pork. So I made this tonight and everyone loved it. I served it with some freezer steak fries and the extra sauce was perfect for dipping the fries in. So easy and delicious. Thanks for a great recipe.

  32. Doughty says:

    I happen to have pork on hand, but boneless chops not a loin. How long should I cook the chops for with this recipe? Or would you recommend using a loin? Thanks.

  33. Sally says:

    I made this the other night, and it was a hit. Both of my children (who seem to have a pact never to like the same food) ate it! We adults enjoyed it too. I did my sweet potatoes much like yours, but with skin left on and with olive oil, salt, pepper and little cayenne. Thank you for the great meal!

  34. Haley says:

    I just wanted to say that this is one of my family’s favorite recipes! My soon-to-be 7 year old daughter has requested this as her birthday dinner the last 2 years in a row. She absolutely loves it! Thanks so much for sharing.

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