Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin {Slow Cooker}

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin {Slow Cooker}

YIELD: SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS

Brine:
8 cups water
¼ cup salt
¼ cup sugar

Pork:
2 pound boneless pork loin roast or two 1-lb pork tenderloins trimmed of large fat pockets
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced or crushed
1 cup water

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl (preferable glass)  Mix the 8 cups of water 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup sugar.  Add the two 1 lb. pork tenderloin and put everything in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.  Remove roast from water, rinse, and pat dry with a paper towel.

In a small bowl, combine the thyme, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub the spices all over the roast. Place the pork roast in the slow cooker and pour in 1 cup water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred.  Serve with balsamic glaze or your favorite BBQ sauce:

Balsamic Glaze:
1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens.

*Recipe adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.  I added the brine, substituted thyme for sage, and upped the water.


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