Slow Cooker Chinese Pork Shoulder Recipe


Slowly cooked to maximize tenderness, this pork shoulder is full of sweet and spicy Asian flavors.

Chinese Pork Shoulder Served with Rice
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
4 serves


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. Twenty-five minutes before serving, cook the rice according to the package directions.

  3. 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

780 Calories
24g Fat
74g Carbs
64g Protein
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.

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