Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with a Sweet Tangy Glaze

Slow Cooked Pork Roast with a Sweet Tangy Glaze ~ recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Over the past year and a half, this roast has become one of my favorite crock-pot meals. The sweet and tangy glaze takes this roast from tasty to fantastic. This slow cooked pork roast is both company worthy and also perfect for a lazy weeknight dinner. I've served this pork with potatoes, over rice, and stuffed into soft rolls.

This roast was a delicious surprise the first time I made it. I'd originally planned to oven roast the pork in a more traditional style. However, in the interest of not spending my weekend evening working in the kitchen, I decided to put it in the crockpot that morning instead.

I did not expect the meat to cook so quickly and be falling apart at dinnertime, but it was absolutely perfect and I wouldn't change a thing. The sweet, tangy glaze takes just a few minutes to simmer and whisk together and the resulting meal is well worth the extra moment to make it special!

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with a Tangy Glaze Sauce
recipe adapted from
Yield: 6 servings
(printable recipe)

1.5 lb sirloin tip pork roast
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Glaze Sauce:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Place frozen pork roast (thawed is fine, just adjust your time accordingly) in the bottom of a crockpot. Sprinkle with sage, salt and pepper. Rub the spices all over the roast and then cover with lid.

Cook on high for 3-5 hours until the meat shreds easily with a fork. The time will vary for different slow cookers.  The roast can also be cooked on low, simply watch your meat and adjust the times as needed. If the meat is not frozen, definitely cook on low.

When the meat begins to fall apart, turn the roast over and use tongs to gently pull the meat apart. The idea is to absorb any juices in the crockpot back into the meat. Once the meat is loosely broken apart, cover with lid and reduce heat to low, or warm if that is an option for your crockpot.

Place the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk together. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce bubbles and starts to thicken. Reserve a couple tablespoons of the sauce and pour the rest over the meat in the crockpot. Toss gently to coat well.

Serve immediately and drizzle the remaining glaze over each serving. OR Let the meat rest in the crockpot on warm (or even turned off – I left mine off for almost 45 minutes while our potatoes were baking) and when you are ready to eat, toss the still-warm meat once again to make sure all juices are absorbed and then drizzle with the re-warmed remaining sauce. Enjoy!

Slow Cooked Pork Roast with a Sweet Tangy Glaze ~ perfect for company or a lazy weeknight dinner!

{originally posted 10/24/11 - photos and recipe notes updated 10/22/14}

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  1. This looks great Mary, I haven't broken out my crock pot yet this year, and this is what I need to get me started. I always cook with port tenderloins, so I'm glad to get the inspiration to use another cut.

  2. Slow cooking is the best way to go...just reading your blog makes me want to rush into the meatshop and produce store to get everything I need. I want to start right away, I am sure the whole family will enjoy this roast. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The crockpot definitely does magical things to pork roasts. You made the right choice in throwing it in there!

  4. You gotta love the crock pot. I have 4, maybe 5 of them and use them over 3 times a week.

  5. The pork looks tender and the sauce sounds tasty!

  6. I had braised pork couple of days ago, reading this post wish I had leftovers.

  7. Sounds delicious. I am loving the crock pot more and more!

  8. Honestly, I think I'm going to have to get a crockpot! Delicious!
    mary x

  9. The tangy glaze sauce is a must for this dish. This is delicious!

  10. This pulled pork roast looks delicious with the glaze...need to take more advantage of my slow cooker.
    Hope you have a great week Mary :-)

  11. That looks wonderful and sounds yummy! Yeah for the crockpot! I need to get mine back out. Nice photos too!

  12. It looks delicious. I love sweet and tangy sauces with pork.

  13. This sounds like the perfect pork for a sandwich! It seriously looks amazing! I love my crockpot for things just like this!

  14. Now that is one good looking pork roast. It makes me hungry just looking at it.

  15. We love shredded pork at our house. It always is a saving grace when I am busy. This soy sauce recipe looks like it is a nice twist on an old favorite.

  16. What kind of pork roast did you use, a pork loin, a boneless pork shoulder, or something else?

    Looks like it turned out well. I like that sauce, not complicated but brings a lot of flavor.

  17. Hey Chris,
    Sorry about that. I imagine any cut would work, but I updated the recipe to note that it was a sirloin tip pork roast. The glaze sauce really rocked it though.
    Have a great day!

  18. Looks delicious Mary and the sauce sounds perfect for pork.

  19. Oh my word, this makes me want to lick my screen!

  20. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I used it the other day and absolutely loved it.