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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin with Balsamic Glaze

I love my slow cooker. Especially since I started cleaning it in the dishwasher. HELLO. Why was I not doing that all along?!?

These days, I run out of energy around 3:00. That’s assuming I start the day with any energy, which is rare. Enter reason #2 why I love my slow cooker: Dinner is already taken care of by 3:00. This means more time lying on the couch.

Reason #3, you probably all know already. Meat grosses pregnant Rachel out. Big time. I have a slightly better chance of being able to eat it if the slow cooker does all the cooking.

balsamic glazed pork loin

This recipe really could not be any easier. I highly recommend it. A quick, easy weekday meal. You can eat it plain, over rice, throw it on a bun and call it pulled pork. All very good choices. Enjoy!



Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin with Balsamic Glaze

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

This brown sugar pork loin is made in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal.


    • 1 boneless pork loin (4-6 pounds)
    • 2 garlic cloves, halved
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 cup water
for the glaze:
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • toasted sesame seeds (optional)


adapted generously from About.com and melskichencafe.com



balsamic glazed pork loin

Verdict: Keep in mind that during this pregnancy, I haven’t really been able to stomach any meat that I prepare myself. But I ate this!! I could have drunk the glaze. It was amazing.
Husband’s take: He’s not a HUGE pork fan, but he loved this! E liked it too. I gave her the glaze on the side so she could dip the meat into it. She’ll eat anything if she can dip it in something. Seriously. If they are both on her plate, she’ll dip oranges in ketchup. It’s disgusting.
Changes I would make: None. If you preferred a more put-together version, you could easily slice your pork loin instead of shredding it and then drizzle the glaze over the slices.
Difficulty: Super easy.

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42 Responses to “Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin with Balsamic Glaze”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 8, 2012 at 7:23 am

    My husband would LOVE this!!! Maybe he wouldn’t even add BBQ sauce. ;-)

  2. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — November 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

    This looks so tasty! I’m a traditionalist when it comes to pulled pork but I think this adaptation would work for me. It looks so saucy and delish!

  3. Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 8, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Wooooooow my eyeballs are kind of freaking out.

  4. Bree — November 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Sounds like a great combination of flavors!

  5. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

    mmm Im always looking for more pork recipes..this sounds delish! I love that its in a slowcooker..Im all about the couch these days too :)

  6. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 8, 2012 at 11:20 am

    My husband would love this! That’s so funny that your daughter dips everything in anything… kids are crazy. My niece does that, too, and it totally grosses me out! LOL. Little ppl… I tell ya! :)

  7. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — November 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Whoa, Rachel, this looks AWESOME! I need this in my life as soon as possible.

  8. Stephanie — November 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I really need to get a slow cooker.. this sort of dish looks perfect for a weeknight dinner!!

  9. Linda | The Urban Mrs — November 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    OMG – I’m so gonna have this for myself. (me being a pig). This looks incredible and very easy. Seriously, this looks so mouthwatering!

  10. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — November 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Just pinned this, can’t wait to make it!

  11. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease — November 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve never done balsamic on meat but have seen a few blog postings now with it…with your description I’ve pinned this and putting on my meal plan!

  12. sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    OMG Rachel. I want a HUGE serving of this on a bun when I get home from work today. I am a HUGE pig when it comes to pork (no pun intended…). and my boyfriend inhales it. we’re pretty gross but OMG I love this! Saving this recipe now. :)

  13. Kathryn — November 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    This sounds really tasty – I love the idea of that balsamic glaze.

    And how cute is E?! I love that she’ll dip anything in anything!

  14. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana — November 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I can’t wait to try this – pork is my favorite! Although I totally feel you, when I’m pregnant, the thought of meat is usually really revolting, especially raw meat! Do you think it would be okay if I omitted the dijon mustard? I just can’t get myself to like it…maybe I could sub regular mustard?

    Great idea about allowing the kids to dip, my daughter just ate carrot sticks with ketchup the other night, but at least she ate the carrots :)

  15. Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    This looks perfect…mouthwatering flavors. ANd I love the sesame seeds!

  16. sarah k @ the pajama chef — November 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

    rachel, i looooove the balsamic glaze! takes a regular ole crockpot recipe & jazzes it up a ton. great job!

  17. natalie@thesweetslife — November 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

    i’ve made a similar pulled pork with balsamic and was blown away by the flavor! must try this variation!

  18. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — November 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    This. Seriously. Looks out of this world! Yuuum!

  19. Joanne — November 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

    You’re the first person I’ve heard of who doesn’t crave meat maniacally while pregnant!! Crazy.

    I actually gave my slow cooker away at the beginning of this year and now I’m kind of regretting it. I’ve just seen too many great recipes like this that use it lately!! That glaze sounds drinkable.

  20. Tracey — November 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Oh my word, I SO need this in my life!! I adore a good balsamic glaze and I can only imagine how heavenly it is with the brown sugar pork. If only I hadn’t already planned this week’s menu…

  21. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    This looks so good! Really flavorful and who doesn’t love a good slow cooker meal?!

  22. shelly (cookies and cups) — November 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

    This sounds amazing!!

  23. Abbe — January 27, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I just made this and it was awesome! It is a keeper for sure, plus the glaze would be good on anything. Thanks!

    • Rachel Gurk — January 28th, 2013 @ 9:45 am

      Glad you liked it! Isn’t the glaze heavenly?

  24. Kila — February 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    My husband came home yesterday with a pork loin (something I never purchase). This recipe looks perfect and I think the kids may like it too. Giving it a try today! Thank you.

    • Rachel Gurk — February 25th, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

      Perfect! Hope you like it! :)

  25. Kila Rohner — February 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Everyone loved it, kids as well!

    • Rachel Gurk — February 26th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm


  26. Jen — March 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Need help. I’m feeling stupid. I’ve read this 100 times…. I see ingredients for the pork. The instructions use ALL those ingredients. But then there’s instructions for the glaze. It says “whisk all the ingredients together”… but I don’t see any ingredients listing for the glaze. Am I missing something? I’m planning to cook this tomorrow! Help!

    • Rachel Gurk — March 8th, 2013 @ 9:00 am

      Jen! Thank you for catching that! I am in the process of changing my recipes over to Ziplist format, and I must have left that out by accident. Should be there now–hopefully you still have time to make it today! Sorry about that!

  27. Christie — April 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I hope you have discovered this by now, CrOcKpOt LiNeRs!!!! They’re they best thing ever, you don’t have to clean your crockpot, period. You can find them in the ziplock section!

    • Rachel Gurk — April 26th, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

      Yes! I think I even have some in my cupboard. Something about the plastic being heated all day right next to the food weirds me out, though.

  28. Mindy — July 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    This was very good stuff. Served this with sticky rice. I didn’t have any light brown sugar(which I find odd..lol), but did have dark. It tasted fine.

    • Rachel Gurk — July 16th, 2013 @ 8:39 am

      Oh yum–I bet it was great with sticky rice! And I love dark brown sugar, I bet that was wonderful in this recipe.

  29. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — February 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I work. The slow cooker is my friend. I have a pork loin in the freezer that I don’t know what to
    do with. It looks to me like we have a BINGO, folks. Smiles—-

    • Rachel Gurk — February 27th, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

      Hope you love it!

  30. laura — August 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Does the pork have to be seared first or do you just put it in raw?

    • Rachel Gurk — August 18th, 2014 @ 7:46 am

      I didn’t — but you certainly could! It would definitely add some great flavor but I took the shortcut and put it in raw. :)

  31. Kaila — September 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I want to try this out tonight but i need to have it prepared entirely and warming in the crock as i am leaving the house but want the hubby to be able to eat it when he gets in. Do you think i could heat the glaze, pull the pork and then just mix it all together in the crock for the last hour or so? Or will the glaze burn with all that sugar?

    Either way, looks great! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

      Oooh I’m not sure! I think it would be okay on low for an hour or so. But I haven’t tried it that way!


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