Fennel and Tomato Italian Pork Butt

Last Updated on August 26, 2022

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 is the Head Chef at ButcherBox.