Balsamic Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Roast in the Slow Cooker

Let’s think about this for a minute…sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar, rich brown sugar, a few herbs and spices covering a lean pork roast, all cooked low and slow for a few hours.  All I can say is – yes, more please!
Last week, while doing an early morning grocery run, I came across a great buy on pork roast.  I snatched up a couple and decided to cook one that day.  I had an idea on what I wanted the end result to be regarding flavors and opted for the slow cooking method since I had a busy day ahead of me.  After a few hours of cooking, my kitchen was full of great aromas and it was time to get working on my glaze.  Since I’m a big fan of balsamic vinegar, I knew it would be one of my ingredients.  With the addition of brown sugar and soy sauce, my glaze was almost there.
The ultimate success of this dish comes by putting the roast in the oven for glazing.  I served it with roasted carrots and potatoes, spooned a little of the sauce over the sliced pork and waited for the verdict.
Again, all I can say is – yes, more please!
 Balsamic Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Roast in the Slow Cooker

2-3 pound pork roast
1 medium onion – sliced
3/4 cup stock – vegetable or chicken
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
½c brown sugar
½c water
¼c balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce

  • Layer sliced onion in bottom of slow cooker.
  • Place pork roast on onions.
  • Mix together salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme – sprinkle on roast.
  • Pour stock carefully around the side of the roast.
  • Cook on low for approximately 6 hours or hight for 4.
  • 30 minutes before roast is done, mix together brown sugar, water, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar in a small pot.
  • On medium low heat, bring mixture to a simmer.  Reduce by about 1/3 or until slightly thick.
  • Set glaze aside.
  • When roast is done, take out of slow cooker and place in a roasting pan.
  • Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Pour 1/3 of the glaze over the roast and place in oven.  
  • Continue to glaze roast every 5 minutes until glaze is used up.
  • Take roast out of oven, loosely tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice or shred with a fork.  Serve with extra drippings.

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  1. I really enjoy eating pork roast, the picture of your roast looks great. It sure would be good to have that for lunch! I enjoy using the crock pot but have never tried a pork roast, I am going to try your recipe. I do grill -smoke a lot fo pork roast during the warmer months.

    • Thanks so much! Like you, I'd never thought of using a pork roast but now, WOW, I am so glad I did! Please let me know how this turns out for you!
      Have a great weekend,

  2. Well goodness! How good does this sound???? I've got to make this one soon. Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

  3. This sounds yummy, pinned! ~ Melissa

  4. Anonymous says:

    My picky family really enjoyed this one. And, they wanted the sauce again on ahi tuna as well. Thank you for sharing!

    Cynthia D.

  5. Do you think this would work with pork chops?

    • Hey Tracy! I do think it would work with pork chops. You would want to use the thick cut and maybe adjust the time on the slow cooker. Let me know how it turns out.

  6. Thad this the other night for my family…. We have every kind of picky eater in this house and I had enough leftovers for MAYBE someone to snack on the next day. Definitely a keeper! Thank you!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I'm Barbara. This recipe sounds delicious, and I would love to try it this weekend. I have a question, though. What kind of pork roast are you using: a pork loin, pork shoulder, or something else?

  8. I will be serving this for Christmas this year. I am really excited to try it and from the comments and the picture it looks like it will be a hit.

  9. Anonymous says:

    looks good and sounds delicious…..cooking as i type and i will try to let you know how it turns out. the weekend is the only time i actually get to cook a sit down meal for hubby and myself so really looking forward to this. ty

  10. This is one of our favorites! The roast comes out so tender, and the brown sugar/balsamic glaze is incredible! Pinned and posted!

  11. Made this today as the first snow fell here in my little town in NH. I scooped the onions out of the crockpot liquid and added them to the roast in the pan, and used the crockpot juices vs. water in the glaze. FANTASTIC! I'll be making a little more glaze for the leftovers. Thank you! I'll be making this again!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This recipe is super delicious! I made it a month ago and it was perfection. I am making it again tonight and I am not changing a thing. This really is so yummy. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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