Food Recipes Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder 3.8 (367) 31 Reviews By Kate Merker Kate Merker Kate Merker is the chief food director at Hearst Magazines. She has over two decades of experience producing food content for print and digital publications, including Real Simple. Highlights: * At Real Simple, Kate worked her way up from editorial assistant to senior food editor * Served as food and nutrition director at Woman's Day for seven years * Joined Hearst Magazines as chief food director (2017) Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on December 2, 2015 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Chinese five-spice powder—typically made from cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns—wakes up the braised pork. Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder. Photo: Jonny Valiant Hands On Time: 15 mins Total Time: 8 hrs Yield: 4 serves Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce ½ cup brown sugar 1 to 2 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce (found in the Asian aisle of the supermarket) 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (optional) kosher salt and black pepper 2 ½ pounds pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2-inch pieces 1 cup long-grain white rice 1 medium head bok choy, thinly sliced (about 8 cups) 2 scallions, sliced Directions In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the soy sauce, sugar, chili-garlic sauce, ginger, five-spice powder (if using), ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the pork and toss to coat. Cook, covered, until the pork is tender, on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten total cooking time) or on low for 7 to 8 hours. Twenty-five minutes before serving, cook the rice according to the package directions. Meanwhile, skim off and discard any fat from the pork. Gently fold the bok choy into the pork and cook, covered, until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve with the rice and sprinkle with the scallions. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 780 Calories 24g Fat 74g Carbs 64g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 780 % Daily Value * Total Fat 24g 31% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 193mg 64% Sodium 1498mg 65% Total Carbohydrate 74g 27% Total Sugars 29g Protein 64g Calcium 332mg 26% Iron 8mg 44% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.