Balsamic Pot Roast

 

Talk about a hardy winter meal! I felt all full and warm just making this roast!
We got our first snow last weekend and luckily I had made it to the store in time to get the ingredients for this delicious crock-pot recipe.
Food City may have been running low on milk and bread, but they had plenty of Boston Butt's for me to choose from!
I guess pork isn't a "snow staple" for most folks.
We don't eat much pork around here, but when we do, it's exquisite!

This meal WOULD qualify as a "clean" meal if the beef broth I used hadn't had sugar in it.
Why does there need to be sugar in beef broth?!
Also, Season-All....that may or not be considered "clean".
One of these days I will learn to make my own, but at this point, the demand for broth in the recipes I usually make is so low, it just hasn't been a priority. 
If you make your own broth and want to help me learn how, by all means, let me know!

I found this recipe here and was surprised when I went to make it, that there weren't exact measurements for the spices used.
I just winged it and the results did not disappoint!

 Oops! Forgot to include the black pepper and EVOO in this shot!

Oops! Forgot to include the black pepper and EVOO in this shot!

 Roast browning, broth boiling!

Roast browning, broth boiling!

 Never browned anything before putting it in the crock-pot before!

Never browned anything before putting it in the crock-pot before!

 We are HUGE fan of onions...I chopped up FOUR for this meal!

We are HUGE fan of onions...I chopped up FOUR for this meal!

 It's going to be hard to wait 8 hours on this one!

It's going to be hard to wait 8 hours on this one!

  • 3-4lbs Boneless Pork Roast
  • 1 tbs Season Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3-4 Sweet Onions
  • 1 cup Beef Stock
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tbs EVOO
  1.  Mix spices together in bowl then rub into meat thoroughly.
  2. Heat EVOO in pan and brown all sides of roast. Do not rush this step!
  3.  While the roast browns, bring beef stock to a boil, reducing it down to 1/2 cup.
  4. Slice onions into thick pieces and line the bottom of your crock-pot with them.
  5. When the beef broth has reduced to 1/2 cup, let cool some then stir in Balsamic Vinegar and Tomato Sauce. Set aside.
  6. When the roast is browned on all sides, lay it in the crock-pot on top of the onions. 
  7. Pour the water into the pot the roast was browning in and mix with the drippings. When combined, add this to the beef broth mixture then pour it over the roast in the crock-pot.
  8. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  9. When finished, remove the meat from the crock-pot and cover with foil to keep warm.
  10. Drain the remaining liquid from the crock-pot, removing as much fatty bits as possible. Then, cook down the liquid by about 1/3.
  11. Pour remaining liquid back over meat and onions when serving.

We LOVED this meal! It is super rich, so watch those servings, but it would be a great meal to make when having friends over! You will probably be surprised at just how delicious this is! We also agreed the onions really made the dish. Enjoy!