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!

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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 About.com and melskichencafe.com

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

 

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.

This brown sugar pork loin is made in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal. You'll love the glaze! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!