Slow Cook

Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder With Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glaze

by:
November  9, 2018
Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

I've taken the uber-popular Crock-Pot Brown Sugar & Balsamic–Glazed Pork Tenderloin recipe and repurposed it with boneless pork shoulder. Fatty shoulder, more than lean tenderloin, gets effortlessly tender when slow-cooked like this. In addition to making the recipe totally hands-off, the slow cooker is an insurance policy against the meat drying out. I upped the ante on the glaze, too, adding a little mustard powder to balance out all that sweet and salty. —Eric Kim

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: This Is Our Most-Popular Recipe of All Time...but Why? —The Editors

  • Cook time 5 hours
  • Serves 8 to 10
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds pork shoulder (boneless pork butt)
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Put the pork shoulder, garlic, sage, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and water into a slow cooker and smoosh around with your hands. Cook on High for 4 hours.
  2. In a measuring cup, whisk together the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, mustard powder, and cornstarch. Add to the slow cooker and cook for another hour.
  3. Carve pork against the grain into individual portions and serve with roasted carrots or white rice.

See Reviews

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Megan Nestor
    Megan Nestor
  • MTDavids
    MTDavids
  • Lazyretirementgirl
    Lazyretirementgirl
  • Pam Shropshire
    Pam Shropshire
  • Eleanor Goodman Gipson
    Eleanor Goodman Gipson
Review
Eric Kim is a Senior Editor at Food52, where his weekly solo dining column, Table for One, runs every Friday morning. Formerly the Digital Manager at Food Network, he writes about food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.