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Contest-Winning Teriyaki Pork Roast Recipe

Contest-Winning Teriyaki Pork Roast Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 545 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 194mg cholesterol, 945mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 56g protein.

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annlindblad User ID: 7743001 269660
Reviewed 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 User ID: 9119658 263941
Reviewed 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 User ID: 467168 261081
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8993758 259234
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017 Edited Jan. 15, 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 User ID: 7001222 231324
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2015

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

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 168271
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6393598 147475
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

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

kassie1 User ID: 1288048 147473
Reviewed 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."

[email protected] User ID: 1164962 94704
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"This is a favorite. I do cook it for the full eight hours. I also use regular Mott's Apple Juice instead of unsweetened. When I remove the roast I do take off an excess fat before covering to rest for the 15 minutes. I then strain the juices into the pan to catch any extra fat and then I boil the liquid with the cornstarch and cold water in a pan on the stove. I shredded the pork after it has set and put it back into the slow cooker and mix the sauce in and serve as pulled pork either plain or on sandwiches. Delicious!"

sonyrobin User ID: 1630539 168264
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"It was very greasy and I even cut some of the fat off the roast. The gravy, however, was very good but I don't think I'll be making this again."

ljguffey User ID: 7425802 147472
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"It was excellent. I used pork tenderloin and added sweet potatoes. Great flavor!"

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 147466
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"The family loved it, even the picky ones. I will make this again!"

WendyHewitt User ID: 1363693 162400
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"Awesome and so very easy to throw together!!!!"

mshepherd07 User ID: 1020320 101037
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"This is a great recipe. My husband has asked me to make this frequently! The kids also love it."

homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 162163
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"have this in the crock-pot rite now and made it according to directions i will rate and write a review when it gets finished :)"

homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 94703
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"have this in the crock-pot rite now and made it according to directions i will rate and write a review when it gets done :)"

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 94701
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"This recipe makes a fabulous pork roast. My husband and 8 year old daughter raved about it. I served it with the Almond Vegetable Stir-Fry on brown rice which was a great side dish for this recipe."

yaya21 User ID: 5797772 94366
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"This was super easy to make and really delicious. I doubled the liquid and added some chopped garlic like one of the comments suggested. My husband really liked it. This is definitely a keeper."

qwm User ID: 1379428 147470
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2012

"Would like to make this as it sounds easy to make and good. However, being a "concrete sequential" kind of guy, I notice it doesn't say to put BOTH halves of the roast in the cooker. So the question is: Do both halves go in? Thanks in advance from a charter member of DENSA (not to be confused with MENSA). :>)"

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 94317
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"I made this for dinner yesterday and it was just delicious. I used a pork loin because I had one in the freezer and it needed to be used. I had no apple juice on hand, so I substituted Apple & Eve's Naturally Cranberry, which includes some apple juice. We loved it. I served this with mashed potatoes, applesauce, and a broccoli salad."

Lisa94 User ID: 5737026 94700
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"Excellent! My 5 year old asked for seconds and it's usually a challenge to get him to eat any mean."

elliek User ID: 967243 162403
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"This was so awesome, the sauce was great on the meat. Served with mashed potatoes. I ended up thickening the sauce in the microwave- not in the crockpot. Love it and will make it again and again!!!"

kipjanelle User ID: 3830118 163466
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"Loved it! Super simple ta make, and the kids devoured it in seconds! Served it with pasta since we had some left over in the fridge and we poured the sauce over it all. Next time I will use rice, it will likely soak up all the yummy juice. Reminded me of Rice King"

butterfly323 User ID: 3933057 94315
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"The family loved it. will be making it again soon."

karielizabeth User ID: 4527007 147452
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"I have been making this recipe on a regular basis. My husband and I love it. I serve it to company and have been asked for the recipe multiple times. I have also tried this recipe with chicken insted of the pork roast, which I like just as well."

debihunt User ID: 842661 162162
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"I have been making this roast for the last few years on a regular basis, It always turns out delicious. It is a favourite in our home & is requested regularly!!"

mickeymotto User ID: 1689557 101035
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"Excellent! This was a big hit in our house. Even our boys loved this new recipe. Its a keeper :)"

annieharbert User ID: 4134628 168262
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"This is the best roast I have EVER made hands down! The meat was so tender and the flavor of the sauce that it produced was delicious!

I didn't have any apple juice on hand so I used about a cup of natural apple sauce instead. Like a previous reviewer, I added some garlic and ginger and a handfull of chopped green onion to the sauce mixture before letting it simmer in the crock pot 4 hours.
When we arrived home from church the smell of the roast filled the kitchen and we all dove in right away!
I will keep this recipe and use it as my signature roast recipe- it was that good! ☺
Thank you!"

Juliadp User ID: 622462 147451
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"This recipe is so easy and excellent for a quick meal, it's always surprising. I've made it at home and at my parents and everyone loves it!"

maggie56 User ID: 2607922 116942
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009

"I made this recipe last Sunday & it is fabulous. I did add one package of marinade spices that I added to the brown sugar before I rubbed it into the roast...wonderful flavor & so easy. Thanks so much for sharing...I will be making this one again and again!


mweeks User ID: 3745968 101008
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2009

"I made this today and my husband gave it a rating of 9! He was pleasantly surprised! My kids loved it too! Definitely a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing!"

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