Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pork Loin

Texas Honeybee GuildIt’s been too long since I’ve given you a super easy, delicious recipe. Baking for several days to prepare for 2 days of selling tends to leave me not wanting to cook anything complicated for dinner. But people still want to eat, which is probably true at your house, too, so here we go.

Mix together a few spices in a small bowl. This will do about a 3 lb. pork roast, tenderloin, boneless loin or whatever cut of pork you have.

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. cayenne pepper (less if you want less spicy, more if you want more) I used Turkish pepper because it’s mildly hot, if that makes sense.

Rub the spices all over the pork loin and plop it in the slow cooker.

Balsamic vinegarIn a measuring cup, put 1/3 cup water or chicken broth, 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon each of worcestershire and honey. Mix it all together and pour over the pork.

Cook this on low for 4-6 hours or on high 2-3 hours. You can add some carrots in there if you want to do a veg with it. The flavors go well with them.

That’s it. You’ll have dinner for tonight and leftovers.

Recipe done, here’s the chatty, bloggy bit.

I am fortunate enough to be weekly rubbing shoulders with farmers and food producers so I’ve started trying some of the things they sell. It’s easier for me to shop while I’m working at the market than to make another trip to a grocery store. Yes, it’s more expensive in some ways, but guess what? My grocery budget has not increased. I’m still spending the same amount and we are eating a better quality of food. Yes, better. Yes, local. When you shop first at your farmer’s market, you don’t waste all that extra money buying un-food stuff they sell at the “grocery” store.  Many of us could eat higher quality food if we would just use our money to buy real, good food first and ice cream, potato chips, and convenience foods last.

The balsamic vinegar I’ve used here is amazing. The local honey is sustainably sourced and so yummy. Now that the season is here, why not check out what’s up at your local farmer’s market? And if you’re in Dallas, come see me at Good Local Market ,White Rock or Tyler St. locations.


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