Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

As the weather gets warmer, I start thinking about cookouts and parties… and when I think of cookouts, aside from the usual hamburgers and hot dogs, I think of pulled pork BBQ!  There are about a bazillion (yes, seriously) recipes for pulled pork BBQ out there, and usually everyone already has a favorite.  But this one… wow, this one is just simply awesome!!  It’s sweet, garlicky, tangy, succulent and tender.

Garlicky, sweet, tangy, succulent and tender... this pulled pork BBQ is a "must have" for your next dinner or get together!You all know I’m not a huge pork fan… but seriously… I always eat 2 sandwiches when we have this meal.  And I have the leftovers for lunch a few times.  It’s that good!

I love meals that cook in my slow cooker… they make it so easy!!  Not to mention, they cook the meat so tenderly, that it literally falls apart when you pierce it with forks to shred it.  I know traditionally slow cooker meals are reminiscent of colder weather, and I’ve sure used mine a lot in the colder months… but I also love to use them when it’s warm out.  That way you don’t have to heat up your whole kitchen, have your oven on, or fuss with things for a long time.  You just toss things in the slow cooker, set it, and go about your day 🙂

This meal is no exception, you add your pork, pour your stock over the meat, and top with your chopped onion and seasonings, cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.  It can also be cooked on high for about 4 1/2 hours if you’d prefer it that way.  I always tend to go for the low setting… I just associate low and slow with tender meats.

Garlicky, sweet, tangy, succulent and tender... this pulled pork BBQ is a "must have" for your next dinner or get together!Pretty simple right?

I don’t know how it is in your house, but around here, where there’s BBQ… there’s coleslaw.  It just doesn’t taste like BBQ if it’s not topped with a delicious slaw.

Coleslaw is actually pretty simple to make, especially now that you can buy bags of pre-shredded cabbage/carrot mix in the produce department.  I always shred up some purple cabbage to add to the mix because I love the crunch and the color 🙂

Just like there’s a ton of BBQ recipes, there’s a ton of coleslaw recipes too… they’re always popular!  This one loosely resembles KFC’s coleslaw, but has the added crunch and texture of the purple cabbage.  So if you’d prefer it more “KFC-style”, just omit that 🙂

Perfectly sweet and deliciously tangy, this coleslaw is sure to be a crowd pleaser!Just whisk your sauce together, add your chopped cabbage and carrots to the bowl, and toss together… done!  I like to make my coleslaw about an hour or so before we eat, but you can make it earlier or even right before you eat it.  I find that a little before allows for it to still have great crunch, but the flavor is deepened by it all meshing together.

Perfectly sweet and deliciously tangy, this coleslaw is sure to be a crowd pleaser!So fresh, so creamy… so yummy!

Perfectly sweet and deliciously tangy, this coleslaw is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Alright… now that your pork has been cooking and smelling delicious alllllllll day… it’s time to shred it up and make the sauce!

A lot of recipes call for a bottle of sauce, and those can definitely be yummy!  But this sauce, it’s all homemade baby!  Don’t let the “homemade” part scare you off.  It’s really simple.  Just add your ingredients to a sauce pan, whisk to combine, and simmer it.  So easy that a 5 year old can do it 😉

While the sauce is simmering away, go ahead and remove your pork to a large bowl or plate, and shred it using two forks.  Use a large spoon to remove as much of the liquid from the slow cooker as you can, and about half the onions.  Add your shredded pork back to the slow cooker, set it to the “warm” setting, and just wait for your sauce.  Once it’s thickened and ready, pour it into the slow cooker and stir it all together.

I always save a little extra of the sauce in an airtight container, for drizzling over the sandwich, or for the leftovers the next day!

Garlicky, sweet, tangy, succulent and tender... this pulled pork BBQ is a "must have" for your next dinner or get together!Look how tender and saucy that is!!  Go ahead and sneak a few forkfuls… I call it quality assurance 😉

Garlicky, sweet, tangy, succulent and tender... this pulled pork BBQ is a "must have" for your next dinner or get together!I prefer to eat my pulled pork BBQ on a bun, topped with that yummy coleslaw… but this is your meal… go ahead and serve it however you like 😀

Garlicky, sweet, tangy, succulent and tender... this pulled pork BBQ is a "must have" for your next dinner or get together!Okay, now I’m hungry for some BBQ!  Can’t you just picture a big platter of those sandwiches, some extra coleslaw on the side, maybe some crispy oven fries, and some buttery sweet corn on the cob?  Sounds like the perfect spring and summer meal!

These would also be delicious served with some sweet corn fritters, roasted potatoes, or a bacon and green onion pasta salad.

Garlicky, sweet, tangy, succulent and tender... this pulled pork BBQ is a "must have" for your next dinner or get together!
Perfectly sweet and deliciously tangy, this coleslaw is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

Garlicky, sweet, tangy, succulent and tender... this pulled pork BBQ is a "must have" for your next dinner or get together!
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5 from 1 vote
Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork
8 sandwiches
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 25 mins
 
Garlicky, sweet, tangy, succulent and tender... this pulled pork BBQ is a "must have" for your next dinner or get together!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 - 3 lb boneless pork shoulder or rump roast
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard or whole grain mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic minced finely
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Trim fat from pork roast if necessary, then place meat in a slow cooker and pour stock over the top of the meat. Top evenly with onions, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 - 9 hours (or on high for 4 1/2 hours).
  2. During last 30 minutes of the pork cooking, in a saucepan, whisk together balsamic vinegar, ketchup, honey, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, 1/4 tsp pepper and season with salt to taste (keep in mind pork is usually pretty salty so you won't need much).
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, which takes about 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Remove pork from slow cooker, shred while removing any fat. Drain liquid from slow cooker and remove about 1/2 the cooked onions. Leave the remaining onions, add shredded pork back to the slow cooker, set on "warm" setting, and pour in BBQ sauce and toss to combine.

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Perfectly sweet and deliciously tangy, this coleslaw is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
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5 from 1 vote
Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw
6 -8 servings
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Perfectly sweet and deliciously tangy, this coleslaw is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh if you have it
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • tsp ½ salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp pepper depending on your pepper preference
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 cup red onion or shallots finely diced
  • 16 oz bag shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients except for the shredded coleslaw mix and purple cabbage.
  2. Add the bag and cabbage and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour, or longer if you prefer.
  4. Toss again and serve.

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65 comments on “Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork”

  1. I have to make this. I have a huge slab of beef I was reassuring to make sliders for my blog. THIS is the recipe I’m using! 🙂

  2. Love the sauce ingredients Amanda. Nice change up.

  3. I’m getting hungry just looking at this! I need to stop looking at recipes first thing in the morning…like that is going to happen… Seriously though, this is going on the menu plan!

  4. Your little helper is just adorable and the Pulled Pork looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Pulled pork is pretty much one of the best things ever invented. This one’s a sure winner 😀

  6. So I’m not the biggest fan of pork, but this could maybe turn things around. I wonder what we’d have it with, other than bread rolls.

  7. Bookmarking, bookmarking, bookmarking!! Thanks so much for this lovely recipe! I really can’t wait to make it and will be dreaming about it until I do! 😀

  8. Not a huge pork fan here either, unless it’s bacon

  9. Get in ma bellaayyy *so hungry now* looks delicious!

  10. This looks amazing! You are so talented. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Easter! Lou Lou Girls

  11. Hmmm I’ve never made pulled pork before, but I think I will have to give it a go, as this sandwich looks fabulous! It must be yummy 🙂

  12. Nothing says summer like a good pork bbq sandwich topped with coleslaw! This looks just delicious. Your sous chef is adorable!

  13. I loooove bbq pulled pork, I don’t make it often enough, I need to try this! And I agree, you can’t have it with coleslaw!

  14. Yum! These both sound so tasty. I love the combination of the coleslaw with the pork sandwiches. The cole slaw is absolutely stunning and sounds refreshing. Also, your little helper is adorable as well. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and happy FF! 🙂

  15. Pulled pork and corn fritters…wish I had it right now!

  16. Pretty sure I now need to make pulled pork. And honey + balsamic is always a win in my book! Thanks for sharing!

  17. This looks delicious! I’m always in the market for a flavorful slaw- I dread slaw that just tastes like mayo! Thanks for linking up today, I can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us next week!
    Xoxo K
    http://peeledwellness.com

  18. my husband has a soft spot for pulled pork. can’t wait to try this version!

  19. These look delicious Amanda!! I love Balsamic in pretty much anything, so I cannot wait to try this 🙂
    The juicy pork looks amazing in that bun!

  20. I came here for the pulled pork, but am leaving with the slaw recipe! Actually, I’m leaving with both recipes! This looks like a great meal for a busy weeknight. I love it when I don’t have to serve more than one thing on a plate, so you’ve got me hooked 🙂

    • Thank you Connie!! As a busy momma myself, sometimes getting dinner on the table can be a real struggle… so I love sharing some meals that come together quickly 😀 I hope you LOVE both recipes!

  21. We will definitely try this sauce! We have made salad dressing with balsamic and mustard, why not use that for pulled pork, also?!?

  22. That looks like heaven in a bun! Can’t wait to give it a go next week!!!!

  23. That sure does look delicious and the added coleslaw tops it off. That sure is a cute helper that you have there.

  24. I love pork! This one is a must try. Pinned and stumbled!

  25. Your pork looks delicious! I have never had, but now may put this on my list
    #ibabloggers

  26. OMG. That looks delicious! #ibabloggers

  27. Ohh mylanta! My nouth was watering throughout this whole post! These look so good, and I can’t wait to try them. I’m sure my husband will be singing you praises as well, haha!

  28. That looks really good, and the coleslaw would be a great combination with it! This is definitely something my entire family would eat. I like slow cooker meals too! #ibabloggers

  29. Ohhhhhh man do I love pulled pork BBQ! This recipe sounds amazing! Stopping by from #ibabloggers. Hugs, Holly

  30. Wow this looks incredible! Never even thought of doing pulled pork in the slow cooker! This is going to be my Easter weekend treat! =)

  31. You’re so right, everyone does have their FAVORITE pulled pork recipe, but this one looks delicious. I’ve got it on my list of things to try 🙂

  32. Huh. Weird- we usually vary so much in our love for food that it’s hard to believe we posted back to back pulled pork recipes! 😉 HAHA ahhh.. this sounds really flavorful, and different than pulled pork I’ve tried so far, so I’m definitely going to give it a try. Your mini food blogger helper there is ADORABLE!!! 😉 I hope you had a great weekend!

    • LOL, I know it’s not like we have nearly identical food-brains or anything… 😉 Yep, it’s definitely different, I was very pleasantly surprised! I can’t wait to try your Dr. Pepper version too 😀 Aww well thank you, she is always wanting to help… now if only I could get her to be less picky lol. We had a great weekend, hope you did too!