Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin so tender & flavorful. Cooked in a crockpot and topped with a sweet & tangy sauce that won’t disappoint.
Note: This recipe was updated with text and pictures 7/2020. Enjoy, it is a family favorite at my house!
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin
This delicious meal happened out of necessity! This year at Easter I was procrastinating, simply put, I didn’t have plans to prepare a big dinner.
That is until I woke up on Easter Sunday with tons of motivation and hopped (get it, hopped) my way to the grocery store only to find not a single ham, I mean ZERO hams. I don’t quite know what I was expecting, but I figured there would be some sort of ham remaining…nope.
So there I stood trying to figure out a backup plan that wasn’t an ordinary dinner. That’s when I whipped out my phone, went to my Pinterest app, and found a recipe that I’d pinned months ago for pork loin.
Low and behold there was one, yes ONE pork loin remaining at the store and it was on sale. So into my cart it went. Not only did the recipe look great on Pinterest, I already had the remaining ingredients on hand at home, which made me happy since I was striking out at the grocery store.
The smell throughout the day was amazing, you’ll know what I mean when you prepare this! Truly the hardest part of this entire recipe is waiting all day long as you smell the aroma.
You’ll notice in the recipe that I browned the pork loin prior to placing it into the slow cooker. This step is simply a preference, you can opt not to brown if you desire. If you have a multi-functional slow cooker that you can do the browning in, perfect that’s a step saved AND a pan saved from the sink! BONUS!
The glaze which gets brushed on during the last hour of slow cooking is really what makes this dish. Yes, without it the pork loin would still be flavorful and tender, no doubt about it.
But the sweet and tangy flavors of the glaze are what set this dish over the top. So much so that my husband actually told me I could make this for him once a week for the rest of his life (PS-caught him munching on leftovers before bedtime), and he rarely gets overly excited about food.
What ingredients do you need to make Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin?
- Pork Loin
- Olive Oil
- Seasonings: sage, salt, pepper & garlic
- Brown Sugar
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
Some tips for making Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin:
- Personally, for my family I double the glaze portion of this recipe. They like to add a fair amount to their plated dishes.
- You may require a touch more cornstarch to get the desired glaze consistency.
- Low sodium Soy Sauce works well in this recipe.
- Sometimes I like to shred the slow-cooked pork loin on a platter and drizzle the glaze on top vs. serving in slices.
Looking for other delicious slow cooker recipes? Try these:
- Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos
- Homestyle Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
- Crockpot Easy Pulled Pork
For a really great meal, try pairing Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Balsamic Pork Loin with these great dishes:
- 2 lbs boneless pork loin
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- Heat large high sided pan with olive oil over medium-high heat, add pork loin to the pan, cover. Brown all sides of pork loin by turning a couple of times.
- Transfer pork loin to slow cooker, add water to the bottom of the crock.
- Using a fork, stab the top of pork loin a few times to create holes. Rub garlic into the top of pork loin, pressing into holes created by fork.
- Evenly cover the top of pork loin with sage, salt & pepper.
- Cover and cook 6 hours on low. ***Please keep in mind all temperature/cook times may vary***
- One hour prior to the end of cooking time, combine glaze ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk frequently until slightly thickened.
- Brush top of pork loin with glaze 3 times during the last hour of cooking. If you have any remaining glaze, serve alongside cooked pork loin.
- Allow pork loin to rest 10 minutes on platter prior to cutting.
Original recipe found at: C & C Marriage Factory