Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
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

4.75 from 40 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 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
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. 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?

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Debra says

    I made this exactly as written and it was Dee-liciois!!! (Why do people leave reviews that say… I made this but changed this, this and that…?)
    I wish my roast had been larger because we only got two meals out of it for the two of us, and the recipe made a ton of sauce. I think this sauce would be good on just about any meat. Do you know if I can freeze the extra sauce? Has anyone tried it?

  10. Beth Overton says

    I have made this so many times – that first mouthful is always the best ? my mouths watering typing this now and I’ve only just eaten it haha!!

    Can I freeze this? I assume I can but wondered if you ever had before?

  11. Lauretta says

    I think this was great but I was a little confused. It said to “top with water” so at first I put my pork in and filled my slow cooker with water. Then someone else was like maybe they mean just add the water on top? So I dumped it and just added the 1 1/2 cup. Maybe change it to say add the water and garlic inside the slow cooker. It was slightly confusing. Thanks!

  12. Lisa Stanley says

    Hi. I was thinking of putting the sauce in the crock pot while the roast cooks. Will that work or will it burn or be too sweet or…? Thanks.

  13. Shelly Torres says

    I have a question – I am making this today and I am very excited. Do I put the slow cooker on high or low temp for the 8 hours? I’m guessing high but I don’t want to over cook the meat, that’s why I thought I should ask 🙂

  14. Pam Swift says

    If you doubled the weight of the pork roast in the crockpot, would cook time be the same? I know I would double the ingredients for sauce and ingredients put in with the roast to cook. Just not sure if I need to adjust time of cooking the roasts.

  15. Hannah Toews says

    Made this for Brielle’s first birthday party yesterday and it was a huge hit! I’ve already sent the recipe to a couple people who asked for it! I made an 18lb pork shoulder in two crockpots and had one whole crockpot left over and A LOT of sauce leftover too, but we’ll find other ways to use it for sure! We already used it in a stir fry today and it turned out great!

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