Slow-cooker Chinese pulled pork

A quick win for the slow cooker- easy, delicious and more-ish Chinese pulled pork

Slimming World slow-cooker Chinese pulled pork

I bought a pork shoulder in Morrisons a couple of weeks ago, intending to make a classic pulled pork recipe- I didn’t get around to it, and then a friend threw her husband a 40th birthday party that had an AMAZING hog roast, and then gave me a whole leg that was left over! We were just about to head off on holiday, so I took off the meat and managed to squeeze most of it into my jam-packed freezer (I desperately need a chest freezer- just not sure where to put one!). By that point I had definitely over-consumed on pork and the thought of making pulled pork was not attractive in any way whatsoever so I also had to squeeze the pork shoulder into my poor freezer (had to make a few sacrifices to get it in!).

So- when I then did a post-holiday shop, I was reminded that there was not even an inch of space in my freezer when I tried to put the frozen peas away, so I pulled out my pork shoulder again and then started trying to find some inspiration about what to do with it! with classic pulled pork, I often really enjoy the first meal from it and then I get sick of it really quickly and end up with loads left over. The I had a brainwave for this- Chinese style pulled pork! I knew in my gut it was the right choice and was excited to try it out (yes, I get excited about that sort of thing- so sad but that’s me!).

This yummy Chinese pulled pork actually came out even better than I had imagined- it’s rich, and dark and tasty and looks as good as it tastes! I served with little gem lettuce leaves as wraps, and finely cut up carrot, cucumber and spring onion and beansprouts. This would be a great meal for serving lots of people- you could pre-prepare everything and let everyone help themselves. I hope you love it too!

Slow-cooker Chinese pulled pork lettuce wrap with cucumber, carrot, beansprouts and spring onion

My Recipe

Serves: 6
Syns: 1.5 syns per portion (10 in whole batch)
Healthy Extra:


  • boneless pork shoulder joint, fat removed as much as possible
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped/minced
  • Lime wedges, sliced spring onions and coriander to garnish


  1. Remove as much visible fat as possible from the pork and pop into the slow cooker pot (it doesn't matter if some is in smaller chunks)
  2. Mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and then pour over the pork, give everything a mix
  3. Pop the lid on and cook on high for 5 hours, or low for 10-12 hours.
  4. Once finished cooking, pull the pork apart with 2 forks, stirring thoroughly into the sauce. Serve garnished with lime wedges, sliced spring onions and coriander.

Additional Info

This would be lovely with some extra added spice- I plan to try habanero tabasco in it!

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