Fennel and Tomato Italian Pork Butt

This slow cooker meal with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar is full of Italian seasoning, tender pork, and lots of flavor.

Fennel & Tomato Italian Pork Shoulder

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Protein: Pork
Cut: Pork Butt
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto, Paleo, Whole30
Course: Main Course, Meal Prep
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 pkg ButcherBox Pork Butt, bone-in / bnls
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 medium onion 1” dice
  • 1 bulb fennel 1” dice
  • 1 head garlic
  • ¼ c balsamic vinegar
  • 1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 ea carrot halved


  • Rub pork butt with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
  • Preheat pan to high heat. In hot pan, sear pork on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side
  • Cut whole head of garlic in half horizontally, and roast in pan while searing pork.
  • Place pork and garlic in slow-cooker.
  • Keep pan on heat, add onions and fennel.
  • Sauté until golden, then add balsamic vinegar, scrap bottom of pan and reduce by half
  • Add onions, fennel and reduced balsamic to slow-cooker as well as remaining ingredients
  • Cook 4-5 hours on low setting or until meat is fork-tender.
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Yankel Polak

Yankel Polak is the Head Chef at ButcherBox.