Gosh, I love this Asian Shredded Pork recipe. Tender pulled pork soaked in crazy flavorful Asian-inspired spices. 10-minute prep and the slow cooker does all the work. Lots of leftovers, a.k.a. no cooking for a few days.
Whether you throw it over a bed of rice, or make a yummy Asian-inspired taco out of it, this is a super easy, highly flavorful meal that is a gem for any busy person trying to make a home cook meal!
What meat to use for Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork?
The beauty of this meal is that we let the slow cooker do ALL the hard work.
And when I say ALL the hard work, I mean it. The awesome thing about slow cookers is that they can handle a pretty tough slice of meat, which also typically means, a fairly cheap slice of meat.
Use pork shoulders or pork butt, and the slow cooker will break down the fibers of the meat during the long and slow cooking process. The end result is a piece of meat that is tender, melt-in-your-mouth, and easily-broken-apart.
Flavor is huge for me in my foods and cooking, and while the slow cooker is breaking apart the fibers of the meat, we will go ahead and let some yummy sauces and spices combine and permeate into the meat for many, many hours. Because WHY NOT.
This recipe calls for fairly common Asian spices, and they can be found in the Asian aisle in your local grocery store. If not, see the affiliated links attached. The sauces and spices used are soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice wine, hoisin sauce, and a few cloves of fresh garlic.
Add the piece(s) of meat, along with all the sauces and spices, into the crock pot. Let it cook on high for 4-5 hours.
After the 4-5 hours of cook time. Shred the meat, and let it cook for another 30 minutes so that the pulled pork is well soaked with the sauce.
And truly that is it.
Slow cooker meals are total life savers. There is something lovely about coming home after a long day and having dinner ready to be consumed.
How to serve Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork
Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork can be served in so many ways!
- On a bed of white or brown rice
- Wrapped inside a tortilla
- Over noodles
- A side for instant ramen noodles
- Between two slices of bread or bun
- The possibilities are endless!
However you serve it, don’t forget to add garnishes. Garnishes are fun, and no-cooking is required. They can add lots of textures and flavors, and turn a simple dish into a more complex one, without having to do much work!
Garnish with all or some of the below (all are no cook and super easy!):
- Sliced green onions
- Shredded cabbage
- Shredded carrots
- Chopped cilantro
- Sliced pineapple
- Again…the possibilities are endless!
Another yummy Asian-Inspired meals!
- Asian Salmon Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing
- Garlic Soy Chicken and Veggie Rice Bowl
- Simple Thai Noodle Bowl
- Ramen Noodle Stir Fry
- Chinese Style Curry with Juicy Meatballs (by Kitchen Sanctuary!)
Other Slow Cooker Recipes
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Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork
- 2 – 2.5lbs lbs pork shoulders or pork butt
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp rice wine
- 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- Optional: Remove fat from the pork shoulders or pork butt. Bring meat to slow cooker.
- In a small ramekin, combine soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice wine, and hoisin sauce. Pour into slow cooker. Add garlic cloves.
- Toss meat around to coat all its surfaces with the sauce, but it does not have to be completely submerged in the sauce.
- Cook on high for 4-5 hours. Discard garlic cloves. Then use a fork to shred the pork (it should come apart easily) and then cook on high for another 30 minutes.
- Serve with rice, noodles or taco. And don’t forget to add garnishes! Enjoy!