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Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 8


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 3- pound boneless pork shoulder
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic chili sauce plus extra for topping
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon water
  • rice for serving
  • chopped cilantro for garnish


  • In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, Chinese five spice, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon crack black pepper. Pat dry your pork shoulder and rub it all over with the spice blend.
  • Preheat a large saute pan over medium to medium-high heat. Sear the pork shoulder on all sides, until brown and caramelized. Transfer the pork shoulder to your slow cooker.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, beef broth, balsamic vinegar and garlic chili sauce. Pour it over the pork shoulder.
  • Cook the pork on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Once cooked, remove the pork shoulder very carefully from the slow cooker. Pull the pork with two forks. Set aside.
  • Pour the leftover sauce into a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer and add the cornstarch mixture. Whisk until the sauce begins to thicken about 4-5 minutes.
  • Serve the honey balsamic pork on top of rice, garnished with fresh cilantro and drizzle with extra garlic chili sauce if desired.
  • Enjoy!