But Sugar is Sweeter

Slow Cooker Pork Char Siu

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Well it’s time for new years resolutions.  I wish I could say that I’m going to post all healthy recipes this coming year, and that it’s going to make you super skinny.  I have learned from too many new years resolutions that I like eating twizzlers, baking cookies, and scooping ice cream far too much to swear it off for the year.  I will however try to just generally post a larger variety of foods on this blog. If you have any requests, please let me know and I will do my best to post what you’d like to make!

This particular recipe comes to you from our New Years Eve celebration.  It got some rave reviews from the whole family.  It also makes great leftovers (in fact this picture was taken 3 days later).  While it’s not quite as easy as the French Apricot Chicken, it is another one of the crock-pot meals that you just add the ingredients and walk away.  As indicated below it serves 6-8 people, but for New Years I doubled the recipe and added an hour to the cooking time (total of 9 hours) and it turned out great.  What I really liked about this recipe is that it’s not at all dry like some shredded pork can be.  It is saucy, and I’m pretty sure just the marinade over rice would taste good on it’s own.  It also goes great served with a big salad with mandarin oranges and sesame ginger dressing.  So if your sick of eating cookies (which I EVEN AM!), this is a hearty, delicious and protein filled alternative for ringing in the New Year.

Slow Cooker Pork Char Siu

Serves 6-8

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 pounds boneless Boston butt pork roast, trimmed*
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

*Ask your butcher to cut off as much fat as possible to save you some time.

Combine first 8 ingredients (soy sauce through five spice powder) in a bowl and whisk.  Place pork roast in a plastic bag and cover with marinade.  Refrigerate for 2 hours flipping occasionally.  *I left it at room temperature for 45 minutes to save time, and because my pork roast was large and very cold.

Place contents of bag in a crock pot and add 1/2 cup fat free chicken broth.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Shred pork and serve with remaining sauce in crockpot.  Serve shredded pork and sauce over rice.

Adapted from Cooking Light

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4 responses

  1. don’t know about finding hoisin sauce here in our lil burg – what aisle would that be in? but i think i’ll just throw some other tasty thing into it , and it looks like a definite go for tomorrow!
    PS : Our New Years resolution is : each week, we both have to come up with one new recipe to try – so my first week is already taken care of, thanx :))

    Come to think of it, that might be a worthy goal for Mistaselph
    as well… just sayin….

    January 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    • Spice Is Nice

      Im excited your going to make it! It should be in the aisle with soy sauce/teriyaki sauce. I know walmart here has it.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  2. …and I found ALL ingredients when shopping yesterday – marinating now.. smells already REALLY good :))

    January 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

  3. Maggie

    mmm this sounds good! making this next week when i’m on my easy rotation!

    January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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