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slow cooker brown sugar garlic pork

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Pork 

Brown Sugar Garlic Pork is a fancy main course dish that is caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. It is a restaurant-quality meal easily made at home, and perfect for any occasion.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Brown Sugar Garlic Pork 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 218kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 4 lb pork shoulder or butt cut into medium chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  • Add pork chunks to a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss.
  • Place a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add some oil and once its hot, brown the pork on each side until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Add all sauce ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine and cook until butter and sugar have melted. Set aside.
  • Transfer pork pieces to the slow cooker and pour the sauce on top.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or on LOW for 8-9 hours.
  • Serve the pork with rice or mashed potatoes and drizzle with the slow cooker sauce.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and rosemary before serving.



Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 589IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg