Pour this juicy sauce on pork shoulder in a slow cooker. You’ll ditch the takeout menus for good

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder is a tantalizing dish that combines the rich flavors of soy sauce, brown sugar, chili-garlic sauce, and ginger. It’s a favorite among food enthusiasts for its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and irresistible aroma. In this article, we’ll explore the wonders of this dish and provide you with 7 mouthwatering recipes to elevate your culinary experience.



Ingredient Quantity
Soy sauce 1/3 cup
Brown sugar 1/2 cup
Chili-garlic sauce or gochujang 2 tablespoons
Fresh ginger, peeled and grated 1 1-inch piece
Toasted sesame oil 1 teaspoon
Pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into pieces 2 1/2 pounds
Salt To taste
Pepper To taste


  1. Prepare Ingredients: Gather soy sauce, brown sugar, chili-garlic sauce (or gochujang), fresh ginger, toasted sesame oil, pork shoulder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix Sauce: In a bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, chili-garlic sauce (or gochujang), grated ginger, and sesame oil.
  3. Season Pork: Season the pork shoulder pieces with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Place the seasoned pork in the slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture over it. Ensure the pork is evenly coated.
  5. Cook: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8 hours, allowing the flavors to meld and the pork to become tender.
  6. Thicken Sauce (Optional): If desired, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water and stir into the slow cooker during the last few minutes of cooking to thicken the sauce.
  7. Serve: Once cooked, serve the Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder hot, garnished with chopped green onions or sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!

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