Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Roast

As some of you know, I have been exploring the world of Pintrest, an on-line media bulletin board.  This recipe comes from there and it could not be easier!

It was originally posted on www.candcmarriagefactory.com, a really great food blog, and I got hooked on the picture.  The recipe seemed simple enough, so yesterday I decided to give it a try.  I picked up a pork roast at the store and away we go!

Into the crock pot, the pork goes with salt, pepper, sage and garlic.  A little water, pop on the lid and ignore for 6-8 hours on low.  Easy-peezee!

Next, time to make the glaze!  Ingredients go into a saucepan, three to five minutes of yummy smelling simmering later you have a nice thick glaze!  Simple!  But, let me show you a little trick about sauces and glazes.  Sometimes it is hard to tell when a sauce or glaze is thick enough to coat your food, and not to thin that it just rolls off.  Here is what your looking for:

You want your sauce or glaze to coat the back of a spoon and be able to hold its shape when you swipe it away with your finger.  You can see what I mean in the pictures above.  This will give you a nice sauce that will also reheat well if you have leftovers.

Now back to the recipe!  In the last hour of the cooking, spoon the glaze over the pork 2 or 3 times. This is what it will look like!

The pork will, if done properly, should be nice and tender.

I made a double recipe of the glaze to use as a gravy, since we served ours over mashed potatoes.  Next time I will also do some sauteed spinach or arugula for that nice bitter bite, but all in all, this was one yummy dinner!  For any of you that like my Cola-Braised Pork Stew, I know this recipe will also be a winner!  Give it a try!

Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork

1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin roast)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water
Glaze
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast. Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before roast is done, combine ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens, 3-5 minutes. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.  If serving with potatoes or noodles, you might want to make a double recipe of the glaze.
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