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Contest-Winning Teriyaki Pork Roast

How good is this dish? Well, Debbie Dunaway in Kettering, Ohio says it’s the only kind of meat her two young kids will eat and enjoy—other than hot dogs! It's also incredibly easy to make and simply delicious!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • Cut roast in half; rub with brown sugar. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour apple juice and soy sauce over roast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove roast; cover and keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Serve with pork.

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  • jackiegreen
    Nov 5, 2018

    this certainly didn't disappoint. The meat was fall apart tender and really tasty. I served it with mashed potatoes, asparagus and parsnips. I strained the gravy to remove the lumps. This will go on my do again list for sure

  • amehart
    Oct 9, 2017

    Good and super easy to make but my family preferred a little more flavor. I will make again but will add some other seasonings like ginger and onion powder. We enjoyed this shredded over rice with some scallions.

  • annlindblad
    Jul 18, 2017

    Delicious... I used two 2.5 lb. pork loin roasts, and they were so tender. Leftovers also delicious, and can be turned into barbecue pulled pork. Very easy... served with applesauce, fresh peas and rice. Hubby raved and asked to have this again.. Guests asked for the recipe...

  • Judith
    Mar 26, 2017

    This was a hit with the people I prepared it for. I am a vegetarian so didn't taste it. I bought a very lean pork loin roast from Trader Joe's, 2.17 lbs. Also bought their Honeycrisp Apple Cider for the recipe. After browning the meat well with coconut oil in my Instant Pot, I sauteed chopped garlic and shallots in the pot, then deglazed with the apple cider and low sodium soy sauce. I didn't add any salt or pepper nor the brown sugar. I basted the meat with the sauce then cooked on high pressure for 60 minutes and left it in the pot another half hour. I placed the meat immersed in the juice in the fridge overnight so I could easily lift off any fat (there was little). I did not thicken the sauce. I brought it over this a.m. with TJ's cooked jasmine rice, roasted carrots, and sauteed green beans with shallots. Here's my friend's comment: "It is sooo good cuz not a strong teriyaki taste and not too sweet. SCORE!"

  • bjpalmer
    Feb 9, 2017

    Made this tonight for my husband and me. It was so yummy! Very easy to make and the house smelled wonderful. I followed the recipe exactly as stated, but I don't think it needed the full 6 hours. Mine (about 3.3 lbs) was done in about 5.5 hours or so. Served it with garlic mashed potatoes and green peas. My husband said I should make pork like this every time! The gravy was awesome and good over the potatoes too! Thanks for the recipe! I will make this again and again!

  • Ingrid
    Jan 5, 2017

    Changed my rating since someone edited my previous review. I deleted it since I don't appreciate someone changing what I wrote. I'm sure this post will be deleted but I just wanted to let people know to be careful what you read on reviews.

  • hamhock32
    Aug 16, 2015

    I made this for dinner tonight. Big hit my mom had seconds!!

  • KarenKeefe
    Aug 26, 2014

    I made this for Sunday dinner. Everyone raved about it! I added peeled sliced carrots the last half of cooking time. Definitely one of our "go to" favorites!

  • NoodleNel
    May 4, 2014

    A big hit with the whole family! So easy to make!

  • kassie1
    Jan 8, 2014

    So good! Like other reviewers, I didn't have apple juice on hand so I used 1c unsweetened apple sauce. Added green onion, 2-3 cloves chopped garlic, and 1/2-1T chopped gingerroot to the sauce. At the end, I strained the juices in a mesh strainer and ended up thickening the sauce on the stove because it wasn't happening very fast in the crockpot. Served with brown rice & mixed veggies (blended together). Definitely my go-to recipe for pork roasts.