Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin with Balsamic Glaze

This brown sugar pork loin is made in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal. You’ll love the glaze!

balsamic glazed pork loin

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.

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

This brown sugar pork loin is made in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal. You’ll love the glaze!

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for the pork:

  • 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)


for the pork:

  1. Trim fat from pork loin, pat dry. Stab all over with fork. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard and vinegar. Rub all over the pork loin.
  3. Put in large slow cooker with garlic cloves and 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

for the glaze:

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk all ingredients together. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer (medium-low heat), and simmer until thickened (10-15 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  2. Shred pork from slow cooker (I used my stand mixer/paddle attachment!). Drizzle glaze over pork and top with sesame seeds (optional).

Note: I only prepared half of the glaze. I shredded all the pork and put half of it in the freezer for future use.

adapted generously from and

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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 brown sugar pork loin! 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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  2. Sorry to be anal but there doesn’t seem to be any specific instructions for this recipe especially for the glaze. The word Directions is there but nothing after. Would love to make it as I love pork and can’t eat chicken so I am always looking for something new to try. Thanks for the help.

    • Not anal at all! I’m actually in the process of having my assistant go through all my recipes and reformat them so that they are pretty and also so you can print each recipe. Looks like somehow this one got a little short-changed when it came to the reformatting. Thankfully I’m super type-A and have all the recipes saved somewhere else. And I’m super thankful for readers like you who let me know when things aren’t the way they should be.

      So, long story short, thank you! And it’s all there now — hope you enjoy!

  3. Rachel-
    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!

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

  5. 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—-

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

  9. Rachel,
    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!

  10. 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!

    • 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!

  11. Everyone loved it, kids as well!

  12. 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.

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

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

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

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

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

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

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

  21. 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 :)

  22. 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!

  23. 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. :)

  24. 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!

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

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

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

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

  29. 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! :)

  30. 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 :)

  31. Sounds like a great combination of flavors!

  32. Wooooooow my eyeballs are kind of freaking out.

  33. 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!

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

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