Slow Cooker Pork Roast made with simple ingredients, ready to cook in minutes! Fall-apart tender pork with a flavorful gravy on top make this crock pot pork recipe amazing. Now with Instant Pot instructions!
Crock Pot Pork Roast made with broth, balsamic vinegar for a great boost of flavor, soy sauce, honey and garlic. This crock pot pork dinner goes together in minutes and is made in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. 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. Updated with nutrition information!
Easy Slow Cooker Pork dinner
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.
How long does it take to slow cook pork?
When you cook a pork roast in a slow cooker, how long you cook it for depends on how large your roast is. I use a small 3-4 pound boneless pork roast for this recipe and I like to cook it in a slow cooker on LOW for 10-12 hours. You can cook it on HIGH for 6-8 hours, but I think the texture and flavor is better when you cook it on low.
I cook this Pork Roast recipe in a 4.5 quart basic crock pot. (Basic but so pretty!)
Can I make Pork Roast in an Instant Pot?
Yes! 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! Scroll down to find the full instructions.
Slow Cooker Pork Roast Recipe ingredients
Here’s what you need to make this recipe:
— PORK ROAST: You’ll need a 3-4 lb pork roast of any type, really. Sometimes I use a boneless pork roast from Costco. Other times I use a larger, bone-in roast from the grocery store. Both work well! If you do use a bone-in roast, it can be larger, because of course, the bone has some weight.
— BROTH: You’ll add 1 cup broth to the slow cooker. My favorite to use is chicken broth, but you can use vegetable broth if you prefer.
— FLAVOR: To add flavor, we use 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2-4 TBSP honey and 2 tsp minced garlic. Feel free to adjust to your liking, using more honey or less depending if you like sweeter recipes or not.
— THICKENING AGENT: To thicken the gravy, we use 2 tsp cornstarch at the end of the recipe.
How to make this Crock Pot Pork Roast recipe
First I spray my crock pot with non stick spray. Place your boneless pork roast in your crock pot.
Measure all of the remaining ingredients except the cornstarch in a 2 cup measuring cup. I prefer to use chicken broth, but you can also use vegetable broth or even beef broth if you’d like.
Whisk the sauce ingredients and then pour over the pork roast. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on high for 6-8 hours or low for 10-12 hours.
When the roast is done, strain out about 1/4 cup of the liquid into a separate bowl and stir the cornstarch into that liquid.
Add about 1/2 cup additional juice from the crockpot and microwave for about 1 minute. Taste the gravy and add water as needed.
Use tongs to pull the pork roast out from the crockpot and onto a serving plate. I like to shred the roast and drizzle some gravy on and serve with additional gravy.
How do you cook a Pork Roast in an Instant Pot?
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.
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.)
When timer beeps, let it Natural Pressure Release.
Remove lid and ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice and strain into a measuring cup.
Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in additional juice to make 1 cup.
Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.
Can I use a pork loin roast in place of a pork roast in this slow cooker recipe?
Pork loin comes from a different section of the pig as a pork roast does. It’s a longer, thinner piece of meat and it’s very tender. I think the flavors in this recipe would work beautifully for a pork loin, I’d just decrease the cooking time to 4-5 hours.
How to make pork roast gravy
This recipe includes broth, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey and garlic not only to flavor the pork, but also to make a delicious base for gravy! Prior to serving, ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice in the crock pot and strain into a measuring cup. I like to strain it to remove all the bits and pieces the pork meat gives off as it cooks. It’s not necessary, but I like to have a smooth gravy. Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in enough juice to make 1 cup. Cornstarch is used as a thickening agent.Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.
You can use flour if you’d prefer, but I’d switch to heating the gravy in a small saucepan on the stove (instead of using the microwave like the directions indicate) so that you can whisk continually to smooth out the flour lumps.
Slow Cooker Pork Roast
- 2-4 lb pork roast
- 1 cup broth
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2-4 TBSP honey
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp cornstarch
How to cook a pork roast in a slow cooker
- Place roast in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients (except cornstarch) in a 2-cup measuring cup. Whisk together and pour over roast.
- Cook on low 10-12 hours for that fall-apart, insanely tender type of meat. (Or on high 6-8 hours.)
- Prior to serving, ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice in the crock pot and strain into a measuring cup.
- Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in enough juice to make 1 cup.
- Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.
How to cook a Pork Roast in an Instant Pot
- 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.
- 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.)
- When timer beeps, let it Natural Pressure Release.
- Remove lid and ladle out about 1/4 cup of the juice and strain into a measuring cup.
- Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in additional juice to make 1 cup.
- Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.
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What to serve with pork roast?
I like to serve this pork roast with other comfort food favorites like Alfredo Potatoes, fresh Buttermilk Bread or Creamy Parmesan Potatoes and Peas. Finish off with Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert!
Can I add vegetables to this pork roast recipe?
There is a lot of moist flavor in this recipe so I think adding vegetables is a great idea! I’d cut the vegetables in larger pieces and add them after the pork has been able to cook for a few hours. Vegetables like quartered potatoes (or whole baby red potatoes) and carrots would be fantastic. I also think adding chunks of cabbage would be delicious; I’d just add in a teaspoon of brown sugar to compensate for the bitter flavor that cabbage has. Have you added vegetables to this slow cooker pork roast recipe before? I’d love to hear what vegetables you added and how it turned out!
What broth do you cook a pork roast in?
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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Crock Pot Pork Roast made with broth, balsamic vinegar for a great boost of flavor, soy sauce, honey and garlic. This crock pot pork goes together fast 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.
This recipe is a keeper! My husband really liked it and I did too! Tender and delicious! Thank you for sharing! ❤️ I also want to tell you I love the name of your website! That’s exactly how I like to eat my butter….with a side of bread! 😊
Thank you so much Rita!! I appreciate your kind words and YES to more butter! 😉
Dana Osborne says
Sorry but this was the most awful recipe I have ever made. Wasted a perfectly good pork roast.
So delicious that my family didn’t leave any leftovers! Was easy to make and made house smell amazing! Will definitely repeat again!
Thanks so much Becky! So glad your family loved it!
I’ve made this many times and it’s a huge hit! Delicious recipe! Thank you!
I have a pork roast, but my crock pot is out of commission 😩 can this recipe be converted to make in the oven?
Try covering it in a pan, then cooking it for 3-5 hours at 300°F, depending on the size of your roast, cooking time will vary- just check it at 3 hours and go from there. Fall apart roasts will take longer!
Pat C says
I made it in my instant pot. I followed the recipe as written. It was delicious. The meat was tender. However, the potatoes and carrots were mushy.
Nest time try either cutting the potatoes & carrots larger, or adding them later to the IP.
I think you mixed up pork loin and pork tenderloin above, when you said it’s very tender. Pork tenderloin is thin and tender, pork loin is a tough piece of meat that needs a different treatment.
This recipe was well received in my house, thanks for it!
I have a 2.5 lb Pork Roast – how long would that take?
it could be cooked on low for about 6-8 hours or on high for 3 or 4.
Becky Whitcomb says
I love trying new recipes, and keeping the good ones. This one will not be one of my keepers. I used the slow cooker, on low for 10+ hours, and although the meat shredded easily, it was bland, dry, and even with the gravy (made per instructions), it was not enjoyable. I used small red potatoes, cut into about 2 inches, and they cooked perfectly. I use balsamic vinegar often, it is one of my favorite flavors.
Beck and Bulow says
I made this the other night. Fantastic pork and I love the BBQ sauce! This is a recipe I will be making often!
That’s so great to hear that you liked it! We love it too!
Kim Thompson says
Excellent! Will make this again. So good after snowshoeing!
A hot meal is always my favorite after snowy activities too Kim! I am glad you enjoyed this one!
Michael L. Beeck says
I have been using this recipe for years and the pork roasts and pork loins come perfect every time. Something about the soy sauce and balsamic vinegar that make the roast so delectable and it makes a perfect sauce. Use every bit of the juice from the roast as you’ll want to even put it on mashed potatoes also…just add a tablespoon or two of flour or cornstarch to the juice to thicken a bit. Good Stuff.
Thank you Michael! I hope you continue to enjoy this recipe!
This was absolutely amazing! My husband said it’s a keeper recipe!
Thank you to you and your husband, Deborah!
Pom Pom says
Tasty and easy recipe.
I served in warm tortillas, with mexican rice, and refried beans with salsa, sour cream and shredded cheese.
My family said it was better than their favorite Mexican restaurant!
I love to hear this! Thanks for sharing!
Dorothy Newkirk says
This was some of the most tender fall-apart pork I have ever made in the crockpot. Most of the time my husband complains about the pork being too dry. He is a throat cancer survivor and needs to eat small mouthfuls and easy-to-swallow foods due to radiation scarring in his throat. He told me to mark this recipe as “a keeper”.
Thank you for sharing with us. We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe and that it was a “keeper” for your husband as well.
This is a favorite! Thank you. I’ve made with both pork tenderloin and sirloin roasts. Just have to watch your time. Delish and succulent every time.
Yay! We’re so happy to hear that you like it
Ivana Marie Shandor says
Pork roasts require a tad more attention than dumping some liquid into a crock pot and walking away. Treat it special with some forethought. Truss it, rub it with seasoning, brown it first, and then add it to the crock pot with the liquid (and maybe on a bed of whatever veggies you have in the crisper). Otherwise I feel like you’re wasting a rather large and expensive piece of meat that you should be getting days of leftovers out of.
Did you even try the recipe?
Jodi H says
While this was very good I found it to be a little too salty. I would definitely cut the soy sauce in half next time. The meat was very tender and had good flavor. It would’ve probably been even better if my grandpa hadn’t unplugged the crockpot while I was sleeping.
Oh no that sounds like a few things went wrong, but We’re glad you still enjoyed it!
Karolina M. says
Will try tomorrow to make it in slow cooker with pork loin sirloin roast…any advice how long to not have a dry or overcooked meat?
Honestly anywhere between 6-8 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high would be fine, but it really depends on a lot of factors including the type of meat used, size, weight, if there’s a bone, if it was frozen, etc. With this recipe you should be fine though because it’s got a lot of added deliciousness to keep the meat from feeling dried out.
Paula McCabe says
Excellent! I thought “This woman knows how to cook!” I had to substitute apple cider vinegar for balsamic and it gave it a lot taste but the fruitiness became not so appealing after a while. I also added white cooking wine and that gave it a little effervescence, IMO. Either way, there is plenty of flavor in a thin gravy or sauce. I’m a beginner and found it simple but delicious. This will be in my regular rotation.
Oh my gosh! This was soooo delicious! Easy to put together and the best I’ve ever had and I’m a pork roast fan from way back. My family and I are going to put this into our regular rotation. Thank you so much for this recipe!!
Thanks so much for letting us know you enjoyed it!
I have mine in the crockpot, it’s 7lb bone in. I’m guessing 12+ hours?
I was wakened by an odd smell 5.5 hrs later, the crockpot was on low but the liquid was bubbling.
I didn’t want to leave it while I went back to sleep, so I put the crock in the fridge. I cut it apart after it cooled, it certainly LOOKS cooked through, and the meat was separated from the bone. But I put the meat back into the crock for a couple more hours to be safe.
Pork makes me nervous.