Honey Butter Pork

November 12, 2019
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  • Prep time 12 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook time 4 hours
  • Serves 4-8
Author Notes

The original version of this recipe can be found on the website RecipeTinEats. I found that brining the meat and making a couple of small changes really enhanced the already wonderful dish! —pqmommy

What You'll Need
  • Brine for Pork
  • 1 quart Water
  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Whole peppercorns
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Star anise, whole
  • Pork Loin
  • 1 2.5-3.5 pound pork loin (NOT tenderloin)
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Cloves garlic, sliced
  1. For Brine: Boil 1 cup water. Add salt and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat. Add remaining water and brine ingredients. Let cool completely.
  2. For pork: Place pork loin in container and pour in brine. If brine does not cover pork completely, add more water until it is completely submerged. Place container in refrigerator, leaving it for 8-12 hours.
  3. Remove pork. Rinse with water and dry thoroughly on paper towels.
  4. Mix together paprika, thyme, cayenne, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Rub mixture all over pork.
  5. In a sauté pan large enough to hold pork loin, heat oil over medium heat. Sear pork on all sides, about 8 minutes total.
  6. Remove pork from pan and put in slow cooker. Add butter, honey, and balsamic vinegar to pan, stirring until butter has melted. Add sliced garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour sauce over pork loin. Cook on low for 3.5 to 4.5 hours until desired done ness is reached.
  8. Remove pork and cover with foil. Pour sauce into small saucepan. Cook on low heat, simmering until slightly thickened. Re-season with salt and pepper.
  9. Slice pork and serve with sauce.

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