Slow Cooker Rosemary Balsamic Pork Roast
A super easy and delicious meal for any night of the week— pork roast flavored with fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar, served with its own flavorful sauce.
This slow cooker rosemary balsamic pork roast is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. It’s simple, so good, and extremely versatile. You can serve this roast over rice, with potatoes, alongside some buttered noodles, or even as part of a salad (and we’ve done it all!).
I encourage you to take the extra step to sear the pork on the stove before adding it to the slow cooker for more flavor, but some days that’s just too much effort, and that’s okay! I’ve also included instructions for simply adding everything to the slow cooker and walking away.
Ingredients you’ll need
Here’s what you’ll need to make this slow cooker rosemary balsamic pork roast (full recipe below):
- Boneless pork loin roast
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh rosemary
- Balsamic vinegar
- Chicken or vegetable broth
- Fresh garlic
How to make slow cooker rosemary balsamic pork roast
There may seem like a lot of steps, but I promise that this recipe is still so easy!
- Season the pork loin. Sprinkle the pork roast with a generous amount of salt and pepper, and fresh chopped rosemary.
- Brown the meat and onions. For the best flavor, sear the meat in a skillet (I like using cast iron) on medium high heat until browned on all sides. Once the meat is browned, transfer it to the slow cooker and add the onions to skillet to brown them for a few minutes too, letting them pick up all the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
- Add everything to the slow cooker. Transfer onions to the slow cooker along with the pork, and add broth, balsamic vinegar, garlic cloves, and a sprig or two of rosemary.
- Cook. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Pork is done when it easily shreds with a fork.
- Shred. Transfer pork to a large bowl or plate and shred.
- Make sauce. While you are shredding the fork, strain the juices from the slow cooker and pour it into a small saucepan. Set it over medium high heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until reduced. The longer it simmers, the thicker the sauce will be. To serve, you can either toss the pork with the sauce or serve it on the side for individuals to pour on top.
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This recipe was originally published January 2017.
Slow Cooker Rosemary Balsamic Pork Roast
- 2-3 lb boneless pork loin roast
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion , thinly sliced
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 rosemary sprig
- Generously salt and pepper the pork roast and cover with chopped rosemary.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil. Add pork roast to the skillet seasoned side-down and sear on all large sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer pork roast to a medium-sized or larger slow cooker.
- Reduce stove top heat to medium low and add onions to the skillet. Cook onions until softened and caramelized somewhat in the drippings from the roast. Transfer onions to the slow cooker.
- Add the stock, balsamic vinegar, garlic and rosemary sprig to the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for about 6 hours or high for about 4 hours, until roast is fork tender.
- Remove roast from the slow cooker and set aside (covered) to keep warm.
- If you'd like to serve the pork roast with a sauce, strain the liquid from the slow cooker, discarding the onions, garlic, etc. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced and thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile shred the pork roast.
- Serve the roast with the sauce on the side, or as desired.
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10 Comments on “Slow Cooker Rosemary Balsamic Pork Roast”
Reading the first part of your post brought me to tears. I also lost my mother last year . The grief comes in waves and unexpected times. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. Everything around me is familiar yet changed. I dreaded the holidays but we made it through – celebrating differently then past years but still honoring her memory. I’ve recently discovered your website and made several Recioes. I love balsamic vinegar and can’t wait to try this. I’ve added your one pan cranberry balsamic roasted chicken to my meal rotation this winter.
My best to you in 2017.
Thank you so much for the comment Kate. I’m so sorry to hear you lost your mother last year too, it’s so hard! My heart goes out to you, and I wish you all the best too! 🙂
Annalise, this recipe looks delicious and one I’m anxious to try. So enjoyed seeing you & your cute family over the holidays. It’s been a tough year for you, you miss your Mom. My Dad died 2 1/2 years ago. Sometimes it seems like he’s been gone a long time but mostly it feels like it was yesterday. It takes your breath away. You’re facing each day, moving forward, and I know Diana is proud of you. With love.
Thanks so much Peggy! It was great seeing you and Jim in McCall. 🙂
This looks delicious!!!
Oops. I goofed. I think the balsamic cranberry roasted chicken was from a different website. It gets confusing ! But it attests to my love of cooking protein with balsamic vinegar .
I made it while out all day and its delish! Def keep the juices as the flavour is so good. Next time i might take the onion and garlic out towards the end of cooking as you would to keep the juices, shred the pork and let cook that was for the last part to infuse that balsamic even more.
Really easy recipe and great results.
We love this recipe. I just use a little less balsamic and pot the roast on a rack.
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