Crock Pot Thursday: Chinese Pork Shoulder
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 6 hours 10 mins
  • 3 pounds trimmed pork shoulder
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup dark soy sauce
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic head, halved
  • 1 (2-inch) knob unpeeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 8 dried shiitake mushrooms, optional
  • Hot cooked Chinese egg noodles, for serving
  1. Rub Chinese five-spice powder and kosher salt all over pork shoulder and place in the slow cooker.
  2. Combine chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, red pepper, scallions, garlic, ginger, and mushrooms in a bowl.
  3. Pour over pork shoulder, and turn to coat.
  4. Cover, and cook on high 4 hours.
  5. Turn temperature to low, and continue cooking 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
  6. Remove pork to a platter, and cover for 15 minutes.
  7. Skim fat and floating vegetables from remaining sauce.
  8. Slice meat and serve over Chinese egg noodles, spooning sauce over the top.

This meat cooked to perfection, and had the most phenomenal flavor. I could not find the 5 spice powder so I made my own with cinnamon, cloves, fennel, and pepper. My oil was sesame chili flavored, which gave it a good kick. I cooked mine on low for 9 hours. I will definitely make this again!


I thought the meat cooked well and it was very moist. I also made my own spice concoction with equal parts of cinnamon, cloves, fennel and pepper. I thought the cloves were a little overpowering and next time would do half as much. I served over egg noodles but next time would do rice since the sauce is so runny. I also think serving this with broccoli would be yummy.


This was simple to throw together, and made enough pork to feed our family for several nights. I used white mushrooms, cut in half, and didn't toss them out at the end because I love those little suckers. I also cooked my noodles in the sauce, because holy cow there was a ton left after it was done cooking. It was tasty, and I didn't want to waste it. I served our Chinese pork shoulder with broccoli, and I think it would have been delicious with some bok choy, too.
Recipe by Funny Is Family at