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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.

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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.

Ever.

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. julia says

    Hi Ashley,
    thank You very much for Your advice! I think I will start with a 6 qt.
    I am looking forward very much to trying Your recipe 🙂

  2. julia says

    Hi Ashley,

    this recipe sounds delicious! Would You tell me how large Your crockpot is? Because I am about to buy one. I need one for a large family (maybe 8 liters) and I am wondering if I can use it for smaller amounts for, let´s say, 2 people, too, with a smaller amount of ingredients.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Julia! I actually have a 2.5qt, a 4qt and a 6qt. For this recipe I always use my 6qt and it’s a great size! I think the 6qt would be big enough to feed most large families, but I really love having a variety of sizes for options. I would maybe start with a 6qt (or 8, depending on how many servings you want to make at once!) and then add another to your collection if you need.

  3. Rachel says

    Hi! I’m just wondering if it would be okay to leave it in the crock pot for closer to 11 hours instead of 10. I leave for work at around 7:15am and don’t get home until around 6:10/6:15pm.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Rachel — sorry I just saw this! You can absolutely leave it longer. There are a few ways to help adjust cooking time. If your slow cooker is generally cooler (meaning, you usually find you have to add time to most slow cooker recipes), then the extra hour won’t matter. If your slow cooker is hotter (meaning you usually find recipes are done sooner than the recipe calls for), you can add the roast frozen to the slow cooker and it won’t dry out if it’s left for longer. I’ve done this lots when I worked away from home and it worked so perfectly! If you have a cooler slow cooker I wouldn’t recommend a frozen roast though. It all just depends! I hope that helps!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You could but I never really recommend that with a big chunk of meat like a roast. I would break it down into smaller pieces and try cooking on high for half as much time.

  4. Tara says

    I made this yesterday and it was absolutely delicious! My husband said it was restaurant worthy!!! This is now my favorite pulled pork recipe. Goodbye barbecue sauce!!!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I think it should work fine! It will definitely have a noticeable maple flavor as the honey is a main component, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing!

  5. anna noland says

    in your directions section there is a mispelling. It says ” at the pork to the slow cooker” should at be Add?

  6. Lori says

    Can I just make the sauce and a pour over the pork to cook in all day instead of making at the end? And maybe eliminate the water so the sauce is not diluted? I want to make this while I am working….and don’t really want that extra step at the end. Thank you! Looks wonderful….making today!

  7. Tanja says

    About to serve this to the fam. Smells so good! I’m sure everyone will love it. I’m writing this instead of making a side salad. I love how much sauce this makes.

    PS. In the recipe you’re missing the timing (step 2) for when to start the sauce but it’s easy to figure out.

  8. Daniela says

    I am a HUGE fan of pulled pork but it never occurred to me to actually try making it myself…until now!
    WOW this came out phenomenal!

    Thank you so much!

  9. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu 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!

  10. Cheri 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?

  11. Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts 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

  12. Shashi at RunninSrilankan 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!

  13. Izzy 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 🙂

  14. 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!

  15. 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 🙂

  16. Annie @Maebells 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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