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Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork

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!

Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork on a plate, with a fork digging into it

What meat to use for Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork?

The beauty of this Asian Pulled Pork 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.

Upclose shot of Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork

Other Ingredients

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 to make this delicious Asian Shredded Pork recipe are:

How to make Asian Pulled Pork

This is a dump everything into a slow cooker kinda meal…and I love it!

To make Asian Pulled Pork, 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.

Uncooked Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork in slow cooker along with sauces and spices

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.

You got yourself some (or a lot of!) flavorful, tender, delicious Asian Shredded Pork.

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, or check out my Easy Mixed Vegetable Rice recipe
  • Wrapped inside a tortilla
  • Over noodles
  • A side for instant ramen noodles
  • Between two slices of bread or bun
  • The possibilities are endless!
Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork on top of a bed of rice
Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork Served on a bed of rice, garnished with shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and sliced green onions.

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
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Again…the possibilities are endless!


Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork with garnishes on a plate

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Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork on a plate, with a fork digging into it

Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Pork

This shredded pork recipe is cooked in a slow cooker and infused with lots of delicious Asian-inspired flavors. Serve with rice, noodles or tacos. Only 10 minute active time – perfect for busy weeknights! 
4.70 from 181 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 406kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 2 – 2.5lbs lbs pork shoulder 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!



Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for the suggestion of cooking on low for 8 hours! It turned out perfect. This recipe is so unbelievably flavorful; it made my tastebuds sing! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! Happy to hear that it turned out so well! Thanks for your kind review 🙂

    2. I am using a 6.5lb butt. Should I double the ingredients that go in the crock?

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes, I would double it.

  2. 5 stars
    We loved the flavor of this recipe but had texture issues with 4 hours on high with our slow cooker (Didn’t really shred so I chopped instead). We would make again doing it 8 hours on low. We opted to serve this up burrito style with some rice, scallions, coleslaw mix, and a hit of Japanese BBQ sauce. Everyone had seconds!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks for sharing how it went, Carrie! Love your serving ideas. YUM!!

  3. 5 stars
    Everyone loves the flavor and it is so easy, thanks much!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! So glad everyone loved the flavors! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Dinah Lee says:

    I am planning on cooking a 6lb pork shoulder. Do you think it’s ok to slow cook it on low for 19 hours? I did that with Kalua pork before. Just want to see it’s ok with this recipe. Thanks! Excited to try this recipe.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I have not cooked it for 19 hours before. I don’t think you should cook for 19 hours on the slow cooker, but if you are smoking it on low for 19 hours I’m sure that should be fine.

    2. just do 8 hours on low and if it doesn’t shred apart easily let it go until it does. I’m cooking this for the second time with double the meat then the recipe works and taste perfect Everytime. especially if you had some bang bang coleslaw. 1/2 cup mayo 1/4 cup sweet Thai chili and 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Sriracha
      if you like spice.

  5. Do you think this recipe would work with boneless pork spare ribs?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I think it should work just fine!

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you!!