Slow Cooker Chinese Five Spice Pork Recipe
As a mom who is busy working and running errands, I'm always grateful for an easy, delicious dinner that my whole family will love.
Because I'm so busy, I try to use my slow cooker at least two times a week. The beauty of a slow cooker with a family of 3 is that I can make a large home cooked meal that will feed us for a couple of days. An added bonus is that it saves us quite a bit of money because we aren't eating out of takeout containers filled with over salted processed food.
Since I do use the slow cooker so much, I'm always looking for different recipes. This one is a twist on a traditional pork barbecue and it is a nice change to the standard slow cooker meals I usually make. It's got a little Asian flair and makes the house smell delicious when it's cooking. Even better, it only takes about 15 minutes to put together and then about six hours to cook while I'm at work. I just serve it over rice, add some steamed vegetables, and we have a terrific meal.
If you prefer to serve this dish with something other than rice, check out the serving suggestions at the end of the article. Enjoy!
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- 2 - 3 pounds pork shoulder or butt
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 3 tbs ketchup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- Place the pork in the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all of the remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Pour sauce over pork. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. I usually check the pork after about 6 hours. If I can shred it easily, then it's done.
- Pull the pork out and place on a large cutting board or plate. Use two forks to shred the meat. Place the shredded meat back in the slow cooker and mix with the sauce.
- Serve warm.
Step by step recipe photos
Step 1 - Place the pork into your slow cooker. I don't like it too fatty, so I trim some of the fat off. If you use a pork loin it will be much leaner but may get a little dry.
Step 2 - Whisk all the remaining ingredients together until smooth.
Step 3 - Pour sauce over the pork, cover and cook on the low setting for 6 - 8 hours. Once done, shred meat and mix together with sauce. Serve as desired.
What is Chinese Five Spice Powder?
Chinese five spice powder is a blend of 5 spices used in many types of Asian cooking. It can be purchased already mixed, but, depending on where you live, can be hard to find. If you need to make your own, grind together the following ingredients until you have a fine powder.
- 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 3 star anise
- 3/4 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 1/2 tsp peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp cloves
Use this spice sparingly. It's strong and a little goes a long way.
If you are a visual person and want to see how the spice is made, check out the easy-to-follow video below.
How to Make Chinese Five Spice Powder
This recipe really is unique. It's got an almost smoky flavor which is offset by the sweet honey. I like it best served with rice and some steamed vegetables, but I bet it's good on rolls. It would be like an Asian barbecue sandwich. Just pair it with some fresh coleslaw for a twist on traditional barbecue.
However you want to serve it, I hope you give this recipe a try. Your friends and family will thank you.
Here are just a few other serving suggestions for this dish.
Serve with rice
Serve as a barbecue sandwich
Substitute chicken for the pork
Serve with large lettuce leaves and shredded carrots for a light wrap
Sprinkle with some sliced green onions or fresh bean sprouts