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Slow Cooker Chinese Hacked Pork

Slow Cooker Chinese Hacked Pork is like a pulled pork recipe with a Chinese five-spice twist! Learn how to make this tender, flavorful Chinese BBQ Pork Recipe that is amazing over rice, or noodles, or folded into lettuce wraps! One of our favorite slow cooker meals.

Slow Cooker Chinese Hacked Pork

Update February 2018: I have decided to dig WAYYYYY back in the archives this year and breathe some new life into some of my oldest, earliest recipes. This Slow Cooker Chinese Hacked Pork was originally published in May 2012. The original post didn’t even have photos! But the recipe is SOLID. 

My small boys inhaled this meal when it was part of our regular rotation six years back. Six years! Holy hell I have been publishing recipes on the internet for a long little while.

Anyway, my now teen-aged and mostly grown guys also inhaled this recipe. It’s a good one.

Stick around for a few tips and tricks + pantry hacks just in case you can’t find a few of the ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Chinese BBQ Pork

Original post text/ what was I thinking follows…

It is no secret that I love to read. I have an insatiable appetite for words on a page- newspapers, magazines, short stories, memoirs, blogs, and everything in between. Novels are are like the frosting on my daily read cake. When I feel like the dishes and laundry can spare my attention for a little while, when there’s no third grade homework begging my not-so-patient direction, when our evening meal is done being stirred or sauteed, I reach for whatever novel has captured my imagination and tune everything out. I deserve a time out, right?


Something happens to my family when it appears as though I’m trying to read. Suddenly everyone needs to talk to me. Everything is very urgent. Like the imaginary house Andrew built while playing Minecraft. Or Evan’s musings about why he can’t hear me talking to him when the TV is on. Chad needs my opinion on new tail lights for the rail buggy and has 17 funny clips for me to watch on You Tube.

In retaliation I have decided to cook dinner at 10 o’clock in the morning so I can steal a few precious moments of quiet with a book. Oh yeah.

The crock pot.

Slow Cooker Chinese BBQ Pork Recipe

Okay. Chinese Hacked Pork calls for a couple of ingredients that you should be able to find in the international section of your grocery store, but I know that the stores where I live can be hit or miss, so let’s talk.

The two things that make this pork recipe special are:

  • Chinese Five Spice Powder
  • Hoisin Sauce

Chinese Five Spice powder includes star anise, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. I cannot ever find it with the actual spices in my local grocery store. It’s always in the international aisle hiding with the soy sauce and water chestnuts.

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Slow Cooker Chinese BBQ Pork Recipe

Hoisin Sauce proved tricky to find the last time I made this recipe. Fortunately! It’s easy to make your own with a few pantry staples in a pinch. 

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

The hoisin sauce is crucial to the flavor of this particular so if you can’t find it in the store, definitely take a minute to make your own.

Slow Cooker Chinese BBQ Pork Lettuce Wrap Recipe

Important! After you cook the pork, you are going to scrape the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan. You’ll whisk together a little chicken broth and cornstarch, and when you cook it all together you get this deliciously thick sauce to serve with the pork. IT IS SO GOOD. Don’t skip it.

With an arsenal of slow cooker recipes up my sleeve I plan to get my read on.

But I’d be willing to bet that without my nose stuck in a book in the company of my family, the novelty of talking to me will disappear. Unless I’m on the phone.

Slow Cooker Chinese hacked Pork in a Lettuce Wrap with Jasmine Rice
Yield: 12

Slow Cooker Chinese Hacked Pork Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

Slow Cooker Chinese Hacked Pork is loaded with flavor from Chinese Five Spice Powder and hoisin sauce! This pork is delicious over rice, noodles, or wrapped in buttery leaves of lettuce!


  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 pounds boneless pork roast
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, and five-spice powder.
  2. Place the pork in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over it.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. When the pork is done, remove it from the slow cooker and set it aside to rest before shredding.
  5. Pour the sauce into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Whisk together the chicken broth and the cornstarch and then pour into the boiling liquid. Continue cooking and stirring for another minute.
  6. Shred the pork and spoon the sauce over it.


***The original recipe calls for marinating the pork overnight before cooking. I skipped that and it was still full of flavor. But it couldn’t hurt.***

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 19g

 (from Family Circle, April 2012)

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Comfort Foods « Sugar Dish Me

Thursday 5th of July 2012

[...] to school wearing mismatched shoes or tells me a story about squirrels. Andrew tries to explain the trials and tribulations of Minecraft or completely confounds me with his math homework (math is NOT my department). My two boys are [...]


Friday 11th of May 2012

The pork looks so tender! I have not had much experience cooking or eating pork, barring pork sausages. The snow peas look beautiful. And I think getting dinner out of the way for the sake of a book is wonderful.

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Monday 14th of May 2012

If you eat pork I would try the recipes as is with a nice lean cut of meat. If you're more partial to poultry I think this recipe would be wonderful with chicken. The sauce was a major hit. We don't eat snow peas enough cause they're a little pricey, but gosh they're good!

Chica Andaluza

Friday 4th of May 2012

Wow that does look good - I could have done this with the leftover time!

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Friday 4th of May 2012

For sure :)


Thursday 3rd of May 2012

Omg, the whistle tip you tube video is my hubbies favorite. When I get mad at the dogs for waking me up, he hides behind them and says "its early in da monin' you spose ta be up cookin' breakfast fo somebody" because I am the one who feeds them in the morning. He thinks he is hilarious...

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Thursday 3rd of May 2012

That IS pretty hilarious! I love that clip hahahahha. "It's jus fo decorayshun." Oh Lil Sis... what did we laugh at before you and Bub Rub came along? Also- I think you are the only person that clicked that link lol. Everyone else missed out.


Thursday 3rd of May 2012

I found myself nodding away to myself while reading this post! Everytime I pick a book up, I'm urgently needed somewhere! Love the sound of this recipe. I'm always looking out for new recipes for my slow cooker. I've just discovered your blog and love it. I have a Liebster blog award for you over on my site. :-)

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Monday 7th of May 2012

Thank you so much, Nickki! I'll be sure to post this as soon as I get a second and am looking forward to checking out all your stuff! So glad you stopped by! Thanks again!

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