brown sugar and balsamic glazed pork loin

I wanted to post what we had as our Easter dinner this year.  It was made up of many of my favorite things and I want to share them with you. 🙂  Being that I’m the one that cooks it and all, I get to chose what we are having…nice, right!?  I also happen to know what everyone else in the family likes too, so don’t worry, I didn’t fix all their least favorite foods or anything.

For our main meat course I decided to make this wonderful Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin.  First of all, it sounded heavenly.  Second of all, it’s made in the crock pot – that ALWAYS makes me happy.  Sounded win-win to me…great meal AND made in the crock pot.  Plus I didn’t really want to be slaving away in the kitchen all Easter afternoon.  I put this dish in the crock pot before we left for church in the morning and finished it up at dinner.  Perfect!

Dump your spices in a bowl and give a little stir.

brown sugar balsamic pork

Rub the seasonings onto the pork, then carefully pour the water around it.

brown sugar balsamic pork

About an hour before you want to take your pork out, heat your glaze on the stove until thick.  Brush the glaze on the roast about 3 or 4 times total in that last hour.

brown sugar balsamic pork

Take out the roast out, place on a plate and drool a little:

brown sugar balsamic pork

I let the roast set for about 15 minutes covered with foil and then sliced it and drizzled with more sauce.  Of course, then we put the meat on our plates and drizzled again 🙂

brown sugar balsamic pork

The verdict was….delicious!  I will definitely be making this again.  I also really like pork with a sweet glaze or sauce, so I’m always on the lookout for that type of recipe.   And next time, I will definitely double the sauce 🙂

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin)
1 teaspoon ground or rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water
Glaze (I recommend that you double this!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast. Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before roast is done, combine ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.

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