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Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Servings 12 servings

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The BEST pulled pork! Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork with an incredible thick, sweet and tangy honey balsamic sauce! Easy crockpot dinner. Includes step by step recipe video.


slow cooker honey balsamic pulled pork on white plate with buns in the background

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.

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 on a bottom bun on parchment paper

“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.

close up image of pulled pork with honey balsamic sauce in white plate

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.

When I make this honey balsamic sauce, I think the exact same thing: “That sauce smells potent — how can it actually taste good?!”

The truth? It’s incredible. INCREDIBLE.

This is my favourite pulled pork recipe out there.


In the world.

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. Just some fresh buns and allllll that dark, drippy sauce!

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

Looking for more slow cooker pork recipes? Try this Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin!

*Post and photos updated May 28, 2015

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Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

4.87 from 15 votes
Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork is a new take on pulled pork that is sweet and sour! This dark, thick syrup-like sauce is incredible — a must-try!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 12 servings
Calories 280cal


  • 3 lb boneless pork roast
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp minced garlic


  • Add the roast to a slow cooker. Add the water, seasoned salt and garlic powder. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until falling apart.
  • Just 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.
  • Boil over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 280cal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 809mg | Potassium: 570mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. Veronica says

    I cheated with the meat and bought pre seasoned pork from Aldi. Seasoned the water with a bit of chicken salt. Cooking instructions were spot on! The meat was so tender and delicious, I could’ve eaten the whole thing by myself.
    I personally found the sauce to be veryyyyyy overwhelming. I think I only used about 4 small ladles and kept some of the flavoured liquid. perhaps a little too much vinegar? And as someone who suffers from a bit of reflux, the smell alone was enough to trigger me. I ended up discarding almost the whole batch. I served it in a bun with slaw mix and thousand island dressing which was a great combo. It’s not a bad sauce, just not the one for me, so won’t rate it poorly on a personal preference! It was easy to make – I would however recommend halving the amount for that much meat. Even for a “saucy” dish, half would be more than sufficient.

  2. Jes says

    This was the BEST pulled pork I have ever ate. I doubled the batch because I have a a family of 6. I was lucky to have left overs for work the next day after my growing boys finished up. I paired this with your one pot Mac and Cheese. Wow!!! Thank you for taking the time to share all of these indomitable recipes! I try at least 1 new one a week and I have yet to be disappointed. You rock Ashley!

  3. Lisha says

    For the first time, in the 8 years of his life, my kid shut up and ate his entire dinner and only stopped to comment on how good it was. For that, I give this 10 stars.

  4. Brittany says

    Hi! This looks amazing and I can’t wait to make it! So I forgot to start my pork earlier this morning. Can I cook it on high for 4-5 hrs instead of low for 8-10?

  5. Ash says

    Say I want to cut this recipe to be smaller (because I have two people to feed, not 12). I can math out most of it, but if I use a smaller roast (more like 1lb? Maybe 1 & 1/2), how long would it need to cook for?

  6. Mike says

    I never leave comments on recipe blogs but this is probably the best crock-pot pulled pork I’ve ever made. I made this today for my family and everyone loved it, even my kids who hate everything but pizza. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  7. Alexa says

    Can this recipe be adapted to an instant pot? I was only skeptical about getting a scorch warning because of the sugar but it seems like there is enough liquid to keep it from overheating.

  8. Tashi says

    Good Lord! This was AMAZING. My husband smelled the vinegar and asked me to cut it down a bit. He was still skeptical, but he ate it until it was possibly no longer safe to do so. That sauce is to die for. Unique and sweet/savory, tangy, perfect. We want to put it on everything. Luckily I noticed it us in a few if your other recipes. So thankful to you for sharing your genius. You are making me look so talented.❤️ He is excited to come home every night to see what I’ve got going. I’m taking the year off and your recipes are part of the reason we’re both finding a few aspects to enjoy during this dark time. Thank you!

  9. Jane Hamson says

    I was skeptical about just putting the pork in water (and spices) without some sort of sauce in the slow cooker, but I’m so glad I listened to the reviews. This was so amazingly delicious. I made it exactly to the recipe and will make it many more times. Everyone loved it. Served it with home made bao buns and coleslaw. Soooo good!

  10. Carla says

    I have a 7lb roast and plan to make this…. should I double the sauces? I ask because someone else made a comment (Debra) that there was a lot of excess sauce with three pound roast.

  11. Consuelo says

    This recipe is absolutely fantastic!! It’s one of our family favorites that we made countless times and also served for company many times. It’s so easy to make and turns out perfect every time. We love serving it on potato rolls with spicy mayo and pickles. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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