SLOW COOKER PORK ROAST

Slow Cooker Pork Roast made with simple ingredients you have in your pantry! Fall-apart tender pork with a flavorful gravy on top make this recipe amazing. Now with Instant Pot instructions!

Slow Cooker Pork Roast made with only a handful of easy ingredients that you already have on hand. This simple meal goes together in minutes and is made in your slow cooker. The gravy is made with the juice that cooks off the roast too! It’s moist and flavorful and perfect for a family dinner or entertaining guests.

Slow Cooker Pork Roast made with simple ingredients you have in your pantry! Fall-apart tender pork with a flavorful gravy on top make this recipe amazing.

Today I’m bringing you a delicious dinner that cooks to perfection in the crockpot! Don’t you love meals like that? I know I do.  Just a handful of ingredients and you can practically forget about it. I served this pork roast with brown rice and a side of green beans. Healthy, easy to make and minimal effort. I’ve used bone-in pork roast as well as boneless pork roasts and I think they’re both amazing. I tend to use the boneless variety more often because I buy them in bulk at Costco.

Several people have asked what type of broth to use in this recipe. I really think you can use any broth you have on hand! Just to experiment, I’ve used chicken broth, beef broth and even vegetable broth. All were wonderful! The other flavors in the recipe are much stronger than the flavor of the broth, so even with the slight taste differences in each broth, the end results were very, very similar. I most often use chicken broth because I have that on hand in my pantry all the time.

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I cook this Pork Roast recipe in a 4.5 quart basic crock pot. (Basic but so pretty!)

I’ve also begun making this in my Instant Pot and it’s AMAZING. It’s quite a bit faster than using a Slow Cooker (it takes about 2 hours total!) and I think I like the results even more! I use a small, 2-lb Pork Sirloin Tip Roast from Costco and add the remaining ingredients. It’s fall apart tender and so flavorful! Instant Pot instructions included below- I’ve even made it in my baby 3-qt Instant Pot with great success!

Slow Cooker Pork Roast made with simple ingredients you have in your pantry! Fall-apart tender pork with a flavorful gravy on top make this recipe amazing. Slow Cooker Pork Roast

  • 1 3-4 lb pork roast
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

How long does it take to cook a pork roast in a slow cooker?

  1. Place roast in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients (except cornstarch) in a 2-cup measuring cup. Whisk together and pour over roast.
  2. Cook on low 10-12 hours for that fall-apart, insanely tender type of meat. (Or on high 6-8 hours.)
  3. Prior to serving, ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice in the crock pot and strain into a measuring cup.
  4. Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in enough juice to make 1 cup.
  5. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.

How do you cook a Pork Roast in an Instant Pot?

  1. Place Pork Roast roast in Instant Pot. Combine remaining ingredients (except cornstarch) in a small bowl, increasing broth from 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups. Whisk together and pour over roast.
  2. Lock lid on and set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 65 minutes (for a 2-lb Sirloin Tip Roast that was fall-apart tender. Add 10 minutes per additional pound of pork roast.)
  3. When timer beeps, let it Natural Pressure Release.
  4. Remove lid and ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice and strain into a measuring cup.
  5. Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in additional juice to make 1 cup.
  6. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.

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Slow Cooker Pork Roast made with simple ingredients you have in your pantry! Fall-apart tender pork with a flavorful gravy on top make this recipe amazing.
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Slow Cooker Pork Roast

Slow Cooker Pork Roast made with simple ingredients you have in your pantry! Fall-apart tender pork with a flavorful gravy on top make this recipe amazing. Now with Instant Pot instructions!

Ingredients

  • 1 3-4 lb pork roast
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

Instructions

How long does it take to cook a pork roast in a slow cooker?

  1. Place roast in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients (except cornstarch) in a 2-cup measuring cup. Whisk together and pour over roast.
  2. Cook on low 10-12 hours for that fall-apart, insanely tender type of meat. (Or on high 6-8 hours.)
  3. Prior to serving, ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice in the crock pot and strain into a measuring cup.
  4. Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in enough juice to make 1 cup.
  5. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.

How do you cook a Pork Roast in an Instant Pot?

  1. Place Pork Roast roast in Instant Pot. Combine remaining ingredients (except cornstarch) in a small bowl, increasing broth from 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups. Whisk together and pour over roast.

  2. Lock lid on and set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 65 minutes (for a 2-lb Sirloin Tip Roast that was fall-apart tender. Add 10 minutes per additional pound of pork roast.)
  3. When timer beeps, let it Natural Pressure Release.
  4. Remove lid and ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice and strain into a measuring cup.
  5. Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in additional juice to make 1 cup.
  6. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.

Slow Cooker Pork Roast made with simple ingredients you have in your pantry! Fall-apart tender pork with a flavorful gravy on top make this recipe amazing.

81 COMMENTS

  1. It would have been nice to know which kind of broth to use, before I used beef and ruined my whole pork roast I bought. Got to reading about pork roast and realized you should never use beef. Now my meal for tonight is ruined.

    • did it really ruin it?? The recipe is pretty versatile, I’d imagine it’d taste a bit different, but it’d still be edible. I tend to use either vegetable broth or chicken broth.

    • Meghan, it’s better to not say anything if you can’t say something nice! And by the way, I ONLY use beef broth particularly because it adds more flavor. This is a great recipe!

  2. Meghan, maybe you should have gotten around to reading before hand instead of trying to blame someone who is just offering a recipe they like, really that is pathetic!

    • I used beef broth and it had so much flavor that I added another half cup of water. My whole family liked it. I made it with a side of fried rice.

  3. This is DELICIOUS!! Made it tonight for dinner & this is going in my regular rotation. And thank you for sharing it! Surprised anyone would be anything but grateful for your time & efforts!!

  4. Thank you for the recipe! I made it with beef broth since that is what I had and thought it turned out great and so did my teenage kids and their friends 🙂

    • I’ve never tried that, but if it were me, I’d only add half Worcestershire sauce. Let me know how it turns out– this is actually in my crock pot again for dinner tonight too!

    • I wouldn’t extend it by much, maybe 1.5 hours or so, but I would sear the roast on all sides in a hot pan with some oil in it before slow cooking. 🙂

  5. I LOVE ONIONS. IF I ADD SOME ON THE BOTTOM OF THE CROCK POT FOR THE ROAST TO SIT ON, WILL IT DESTROY THE FLAVOR? THE RECIPE LOOKS DELISH!

    • Hi Debra! So it has a good amount of flavor as is, but I know what you mean- I like onions too! I’d add a more mild, sweet onion and just use half. Tell me how it goes!

    • I have used all types of broth- I truly don’t think it matters! The other flavors are dominant, so it’s difficult to tell the difference when it’s all done. Go with what you have on hand! (Or what you have the most of!)

  6. I have this in my crock pot right now. Smells great. Just a little worried as the liquid does not compleltely cover the meat. Should I have increased the liquid?

  7. Going to be making this tomorrow. Was just wondering if you could add potatoes in with it or if you should just cook them separate. Can not wait to try this.

  8. Planning on making this tomorrow! Ive purchased a fancy multicooker im still getting my head around. Its slow cooker setting temp is at 85oC. Is that the recommended ‘low’ temp

  9. Fabulous recipe! I doubled it and cooked a 9 pound pork roast. With my heavy work schedule, I set my slow cooker on low and cooked it for 11 hours. Then I removed the roast from the cooker, removed the bones, fat, etc and put the meat back into the cooker for another hour. The result was “pulled pork-tender” meat, which unfortunately, was eaten by my family so quickly that I did not get much of it at all! The combination of ingredients yielded a wonderful flavor that was not too sweet, not too salty, and not too acidic. The best part is that it lends itself to experimentation. I have some chili honey that I will try for the next roast, for example. A different type of vinegar can be used, some herbs can be added, etc. I do not usually comment on any of the many internet recipes I try, but this one was an exception! Thank you for posting and sharing this!

    • Pete, thank you for your wonderful, kind comment! I’m so glad you and your family liked it. YEs- it’s versatile and I love your ideas for next time. I’m intrigued with your chili honey- I’ve got to try some of that!!

  10. I made this and everyone of my family members who came into the kitchen were raving about how good it smelled. Even my picky 10 year old. It tasted as good as it smelled! Great easy and fast recipe. Thank you!

  11. This is my go to recipe for pork in the crock pot now, I’ve made it 3-4 times now. Making the gravy really adds to it. Thank you. I have used this recipe with a beef roast and it was good too.

  12. I used chicken broth and a huge pork loin (4.5 l.bs) so I doubled the marinade recipe. I ran out of balsamic vinegar so made up the rest w Apple cider vinegar. The meat kept getting better and better as the days went by. I can’t get enough of this, it’s so incredibly delicious. Next time, I’m going to make ahead and let sit 2 days then serve.

    • It really depends on what type of potatoes you want to add and how small they are. If you’re adding medium sized red potatoes whole, I’d say add them at the beginning, with the roast. Baby red potatoes, I’d add so they cook 7 hours on low, same thing with russet potatoes cut into chunks. I hope this helps!

  13. So excited for this recipe! Mine is in the slow cooker right now. I read all reviews and doubled the recipe due to a bigger roast. Browned first and put some vidalia onions on bottom. Love all the suggestions because i did not have enough honey for double so used some brown sugar also (??) Anyhow, looking forward to family dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing this. Will let you know how it turns out. 🙂

  14. This is the first time I am writing comment for recipe, so that means it is aaaaaamazing. It is super easy to make, very flavorful (with just few ingredients). It makes great leftovers and it is not dry even 3rd day. I am not “to big” on gravy but this one is delicious. Can’t say enough good things about it. Thank you for this discover!

    • Maja- you just made my morning! THank you so much for your kind comment! I’m so glad you liked the pork roast recipe. It’s one of our favorites too. And YES about the gravy- it’s so good!

  15. I made this yesterday and it was delicious! Such great flavor! I served with mashed potatoes and the gravy was delicious! Unfortunately, after I mixed everything else together, I realized I didn’t have balsamic vinegar so I substituted for red wine vinegar with a little bit of sugar and it turned out great! Not sure how much it changed the flavor, and will definitely try again when I have balsamic, but it was delicious!

  16. wow this is the best and o so good and not a lot of work to do it we ha thank you i love to cook and my wife likes the way it came out and so did i keep up the good work and thanks for the recipe love it and you to thanks

  17. Has anyone tried the instant pot version of this? I’d like to try it as I am getting it started too late in the day to make it for dinner time unless I set my crock pot on high or use the pressure cooker. Those are my choices. Any recommendations for me? 🙂

  18. I am out of balsamic vinegar and only have white on hand. Will this work? Or what else should I add etc. ..

    • I know I’m late responding to you, but I’d use 1 TBSP regular vinegar and 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce. 🙂

  19. Just made this today…. absolutely fab. Use chicken stock. I also put a deseeded whole chilli & grated some fresh ginger in with the garlic. Will definitely be adding this to one of my go too recipes.

  20. I love that I can make this in either my slow cooker or Instant pot! Such a fabulous and versatile recipe! Thanks!

  21. I only had about an 1/8 of soy sauce (I forgot to look prior to starting the recipe), so I improvised with sesame Oil; It actually turned out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself!! This recipe was super easy and made my family of 5, very happy! I was curious about what everyone served with this dish? I just served potatoes last night, so I’m trying to be versatile, but potatoes seem to be my go-to.

    • Hi Lauren! I’m glad your family enjoyed the recipe! I LOVE sesame oil so I think your idea was fantastic! As far as what to serve it with- side of rice and green beans, steamed broccoli, is what we usually serve with it. 🙂

  22. I’m making this tonight so tomorrow I’ll serve with smoother potatoes and cabbage . Thank you in advance

  23. This is one of the best recipes I have ever made. I always follow the directions to a T using vegetable broth. I add sesame seeds and mushrooms and it’s over the top amazing.
    Thank you for this great recipe!!
    I tried to select 5 stars but it wouldn’t let me.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it Ashley! Adding sesame seeds and mushrooms is a fantastic idea- I’m going to do that next time!

  24. Dave hear…..
    I cooked this last night for a shed party…..had it on fresh rolls with coleslaw….it was amazing…..😍

  25. Love this. I ended up using a loin because that’s what I had with beef broth. I ran out of time to make gravy and because it was a loin, I just sliced it, and used juices from the pot over potatoes and broccoli. I have gotten requests to make this again and again.

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