Crock Pot Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
Crock Pot Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork on a plate over white rice with sliced avocado

Crock Pot Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork, a punch to the jaw with all kinds of flavors from sweet to salty. Best part is it is paleo friendly and gluten free! 

So this might be a little TMI {“too much information” for those of you who aren’t on the up and up} but I was literally cracking up when it happened so I just had to share it with you!

Its one of those funny marriage moments. 🙂

I’m sure each of you has something that bothers the poo out of your spouse or special someone. Leaving the dishes on the counter instead of putting them in the dishwasher, not throwing stuff in the garbage, leaving shoes or socks around the house, leaving empty containers in the pantry, picking your nose… okay maybe not the last one but you get the geest.

Top view of Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork on a plate over rice with sliced avocado

So one of the things I do to my spouse is forget to replace the toilet paper after I have finished a roll.

And of course with my luck most of the time the next person to use the bathroom is my husband.

What usually happens is a text message coming from my husband.

Let’s take a look into those text messages shall we?

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork on a plate over white rice with sliced avocado

First Text Message: “toilet paper please”

Second Text Message: “can you get me some toilet paper?”

Third Text Message: “um.. no toilet paper”

Fourth Text Message: “toilet p”

The list goes on and on but pretty similar along the lines of …  toilet paper needed. To which point I will get up and go get him a roll.

Yesterday I was sitting on the couch after we had put Cason down to bed and received this.

“really? :)”

Bahaha.. Immediately I knew what the problem was and all I could do was laugh.  Luckily Mike just laughs at me now, although I don’t think he would be laughing if he was stuck in the bathroom without toilet paper and I wasn’t home. Eek! No bueno!

Top view of two plates of Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork over white rice with sliced avocado

Ok, I spilled the beans about my “annoying habits” now its time to spill the beans about this delicious recipe!

Since we are about to head into school season I think it is only fitting to start making some healthy no fuss meals for ya’ll.

I don’t use the crock pot too often, but when I do its usually breaking down a meat of some sort or making a soup. Todays recipe is all about the pork!

I wanted a recipe that had enough flavor in the meat itself that you didn’t need any sauce to enhance the flavor. So I added a dry rub to the pork then topped it off with a flavorful honey balsamic sauce that the pork cooked in for 6 long hard hours.

A forkful of Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork over a plate of pulled pork with white rice and sliced avocado

After smelling the pork cooking which seemed like forever I was dying to try it… Note to self, next time I cook something in the crock pot make sure to be out of the house so I don’t have to smell it the entire time! Ugh.. I was ready to eat the walls!

This Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork is like the leading north star in a constellation of stars. It can stand alone by itself and shine bright but also be partnered with other ingredients and shine just as brightly. This is definitely going to be our new pulled pork recipe in this house, it packs a wallop of a punch in flavor.

Close up view of a plate of Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork over white rice with sliced avocado

My favorite part is the slightly sweet flavor from the honey and balsamic combination and then the onions which almost taste caramelized because they had been cooking for 6 hours.

Guys.. you need this recipe in your life. It takes 5 minutes to prep and then you push a button, what could be easier!

Top view of a plate of Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork over white rice with sliced avocado

Crock Pot Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork... my new favorite pulled pork recipe! | #paleo #glutenfree #easy

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 6 hours
  • total_time Total Time: 6 hours 5 mins
  • yield Yield: 10-12 1x
  • category Category: Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Pork, Slow Cooker
  • method Method: Slow Cooker
  • cuisine Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Crock Pot Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork is packed with all kinds of flavors, from sweet to salty. It’s also paleo-friendly and gluten-free!



  • 45 lbs. pork shoulder butt roast, cut off all excess fat
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sage
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 adobe chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped


  1. Cut off excess fat from pork shoulder. Pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl mix together, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper.
  3. Rub seasoning mixture onto all sides of the pork.
  4. Place pork in a large slow cooker.
  5. In a medium size bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, chipotle pepper, and honey.
  6. Pour balsamic mixture over the pork.
  7. Cover pork with chopped onion.
  8. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours.
  9. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred the meat, place meat back in the sauce.
  10. Serve! {I served it will rice for a gluten free option, but if you want a paleo option serve it with cauliflower rice}


  • Serving Size: 3/4 - 1 cup
  • Calories: 332
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 605 mg
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 87 mg

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17 Responses
    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      I would say 7 to stay safe, check it after that and if you need to cook it longer for it to be pull apart tender than do 8. 🙂

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      so not a silly question, the first time I saw that I had to google it. 🙂

      Yes, it is the same thing. But only use one pepper out of that can. If you use the whole can.. girl.. you best have some water next to ya. 🙂

  1. Hank McKinsey

    Mmm, this sounds sweet, salty, and delicious! Love the use of honey and I bet the balsamic helps make the meat super tender and juicy. Bonus points for gluten free – great share!

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Thanks Hank, the balsamic is definitely the star in this dish. So amazing and major bonus that its gluten free.. happy dance! 🙂

  2. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe and the hilarious story! I have a bunch of pork should in my freezer that would be perfect for this. Pinning it now!

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      haha… your welcome! 🙂 Always good to have a laugh… but even better to have delicious mouth watering food. Hope you get a chance to try this Heather!

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      haha.. you would love it Gina! Especially if you tried that one shredded beef crock pot recipe I had with the horseradish aioli YUM!

  3. Bri | Bites of Bri

    HA! This is funny. I do so many things that I would never tolerate if my husband did them. It’s a good thing he’s understanding. Love this balsamic pulled pork! We would love this one for busy weeknight meals

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