Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

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Incredible thick, sweet and tangy honey balsamic sauce over slow-cooked pulled pork — my absolute favorite way to do pulled pork! Perfect for summer or an easy weeknight meal!

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork: Incredible thick, sweet and tangy honey balsamic sauce over slow-cooked pulled pork -- my absolute favorite way to do pulled pork! Perfect crockpot meal for summer or a busy weeknight! www.thereciperebel.com

So I like to think I’ve come a little ways since my days of quickly snapping a picture of my supper for the blog before diving in. But I have to admit, the though of photographing a big hunk of brown meat makes me a little nervous.

It didn’t help that I laid down on the couch when the girls went for a nap and opened my eyes at 5:00.

Luckily, I didn’t have much work to do on this incredible pulled pork.

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork:Incredible thick, sweet and tangy honey balsamic sauce over slow-cooked pulled pork -- my absolute favorite way to do pulled pork! Perfect crockpot meal for summer or a busy weeknight! www.thereciperebel.com

It’s always a little interesting trying to get some photos of something we’re eating for supper before it’s totally cold and unappetizing, especially as I’m rushing and trying to make it look like I didn’t just sleep until 5:00pm when the hubs gets home from work.

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork:Incredible thick, sweet and tangy honey balsamic sauce over slow-cooked pulled pork -- my absolute favorite way to do pulled pork! Perfect crockpot meal for summer or a busy weeknight! www.thereciperebel.com

“Girl, go and start cleaning up your toys!”

“I can’t mom, I have to take pictures!”

Things get a little crowded in our dining room as we’re both maneuvering around the toys on the floor, trying to get a good shot of our supper in between periods of dark cloudiness and too-bright sunshine.

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork:Incredible thick, sweet and tangy honey balsamic sauce over slow-cooked pulled pork -- my absolute favorite way to do pulled pork! Perfect crockpot meal for summer or a busy weeknight! www.thereciperebel.com

Anyway. We made it.

Am I the only one out there who can’t stand the smell of balsamic vinegar? That is some powerful stuff. It makes my head hurt a little bit.

I had made these Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders from Your Homebased Mom once before, and I thought the exact same thing: “That sauce smells potent — how can it actually taste good?!”

The truth? It’s incredible. INCREDIBLE.

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork:Incredible thick, sweet and tangy honey balsamic sauce over slow-cooked pulled pork -- my absolute favorite way to do pulled pork! Perfect crockpot meal for summer or a busy weeknight! www.thereciperebel.com

This is my favourite pulled pork recipe out there.

Ever.

In the world.

I changed the sauce up a bit from Your Homebased Mom’s recipe because I’m just not a big fan of mustard. I also increased the amount overall and decreased the vinegar just a touch.

It is so easy just to throw a roast in the slow cooker in the morning, and then when suppertime rolls around the only thing you have to do is make the sauce. I mean, you could make a side to serve with it, but we don’t.

When this pulled pork is on the table, I don’t need anything else getting in my way.

Try it. Maybe it’ll be your favourite pulled pork, too!

*Post and photos updated May 28, 2015

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork
 
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A new take on pulled pork that is sweet and sour! This dark, thick syrup-like sauce is incredible -- a must-try!
Serves: roughly 12 sandwiches, depending on the size of roast and buns
Ingredients
  • 3-4lb boneless pork roast
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1½ tsp minced garlic
Instructions
  1. At the roast to a slow cooker. Top with water, seasoned salt and garlic powder. Cook on low for 10 hours or until falling apart.
  2. minutes before your roast is ready, add the rest of the ingredients (vinegar through garlic) to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Boil over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
  4. Drain juices from pork. Shred your pork and stir in half of the prepared sauce. Serve the rest of the sauce alongside the pork with buns.

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Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork: Incredible thick, sweet and tangy honey balsamic sauce over slow-cooked pulled pork -- my absolute favorite way to do pulled pork! Perfect crockpot meal for summer or a busy weeknight! www.thereciperebel.com

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Comments

  1. says

    Ah the art of multi-tasking! 😉 Well it certainly paid off because those photos are incredible. Only you could make a hunk of brown meat look so incredibly appetizing! I’ve bookmarked this to try!

  2. says

    i made this last night and we loved it so much that I will be making it again this weekend to take to a July 4th party. Do you know about how many people it will serve?

  3. says

    This sounds so delicious and so easy! Throw it all in a slow cooker. Perfect as the weather is getting cold down here so I can spend the day snuggled up on the sofa and then serve a dinner that seems like I have been slaving for hours. 😉

    Thanks for sharing

  4. says

    I love the smell of balsamic – but, it’s wonderful how unappealing flavors and smells can mix and become something so desirable! These photos rock! And I don’t even eat a ton of pork – but I wanna dig right in!

  5. says

    I used to be so scared of pulled pork, but I got hooked when I went to college and they would have big pig roasts and pulled pork sandwiches! It is so good! And your sauce sounds perfect! Haha, a nap on the couch sounds way better than taking photographs right now! I’m glad you got them finished though and they look awesome :)

  6. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! This looks amazing! I love balsamic reductions and my friend in AR just sent me a really nice quart of honey, so I’m in! I think if I were to add a side it would be creamy coleslaw – just the South in me!

    • Ashley says

      Sorry — yes, I would definitely drain the meat juices before adding the sauce so it’s not diluted!

  7. Susan says

    Can’t believe someone else doesn’t like the smell. My husband said that it was in my head. I have, however, gotten past it long enough to try it in a peach cobbler recipe several years ago. It does something divine to food that I had to admit.

    • Ashley says

      Haha, thanks Jess! I like it IN stuff, but boiling it for 20 minutes makes my head hurt a little :)

  8. says

    I love the simplicity of slow cooker meals! It just makes life sooo much easier! And I am totally with you on the balsamic vinegar! I love it with some fresh tomato and mozzarella but if I am going to make a balsamic reduction I usually pull the hot plate out of the pantry and plug it up outside so the whole house doesn’t smell like vinegar!

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