Inspired by Chinese Char Siu, this easy slow cooker pulled pork recipe mimics the flavors of Chinese five spice, soy sauce, honey and garlic but uses every day ingredients you probably already have on hand. Enjoy this on rice, in sandwiches or use it to make some Asian flavored tacos.
Have you ever had Char Siu? If so, you will love this Chinese Barbecue Pulled Pork! The "Char Siu Sauce" is adapted to be made with the wholesome ingredients you probably have in your pantry!
Coat the pork, throw it all in the slow cooker and enjoy an easy dinner in a few hours!
- Boneless Pork- The pork gets cooked for a long time so you can use cheaper and tougher cuts of meat. Fattier cuts of meat tend to turn out the juiciest. However, I have used several types for this recipe and gotten great results! Pork shoulder, pork loin, pork tenderloin and even a pack of pork chops.
- Honey- Molasses or maple syrup will also work.
- Rice Vinegar- Be sure to use unseasoned.
- Coconut Aminos- Tamari or Soy Sauce can be used instead. These tend to be saltier than coconut aminos so I would reduce the added sea salt by half.
- Fine Sea Salt
- Sesame Oil
- Black Pepper
- Minced Garlic- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder could be used in a pinch.
1. Mix sauce. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Coat pork. Place the pork in the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour ⅓ of the sauce over top and use a brush or spatula to ensure that it is evenly coated. Turn the pork over and pour the remaining sauce overtop. Again, brush it to ensure that it is coated. Pour ¾ cup of water around the outside of the pork.
3. Cook. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours until tender.
4. Shred. Use a fork to shred the pork. Allow to continue to cook for 10-15 minutes to soak up some of the juices.
Leftovers and Storage
Make Ahead: Marinade can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Cover in an airtight container and refrigerate. Pork can also be marinated up to 1 day in advance. Cover the slow cooker insert and place in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
To Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: Rewarm in the microwave or repurpose in one of the ways suggested below!
Serving Ideas and Uses
This Chinese barbecue inspired pork is so full of flavour and would be great for so many things! Enjoy it on a bed of rice (or Coconut Rice) alongside some steamed, roasted or stir fried vegetables for an easy dinner. Or you could:
- Use it to make sandwiches
- Have Asian inspired tacos- this slaw would be great on top!
- Use it in place of Char Siu to make Singapore Noodles
- Add it to:
- Stir Fries
- Fried Rice
- Or check out this post on 28 Ways to Eat Pulled Pork for even more ideas!
And if you're making it for a crowd, here's how to determine How Much Pulled Pork you need.
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Char Siu Pulled Pork
- 2 lb pork
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 and ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 and ½ tablespoon coconut aminos
- 2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- 4 cloves garlic
- ¾ cup water*
- Combine all of the ingredients except the pork and water in a bowl.
- Place the pork in a slow cooker and pour about ⅓ of mixture over top. Use a spatula or brush to ensure it is fully coated. Flip the pork over and pour the remaining mixture over top. Again brush to ensure it is fully coated. Pour ¾ cup of water around the edge of the pork.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Shred with a fork and allow to cook for 10-15 additional minutes to soak up the juices.