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Sesame Pork Roast

My trick to a tasty roast that’s pull-apart tender: Marinate a boneless cut of pork in a tangy sauce overnight before cooking it slowly the next day. It’s unbeatable. —Sue Brown, San Miguel, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 9 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (4 pounds)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup cider or white wine vinegar
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  • Cut roast in half; place in a large resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, combine the water, soy sauce, sesame seeds, molasses, vinegar, onions, garlic powder and cayenne. Pour half over the roast. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add the reserved marinade. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce temperature to low; cook until meat is tender, 8-9 hours longer.
  • Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 2 minutes. Serve with meat.

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  • Rugergirl
    May 13, 2015

    This recipe was voted a "10" by everybody who tried it. I use the largest roast I can find, leftover meat makes a good stir-fry or shredded for asian wraps for lunches.

  • darlene701
    Aug 24, 2014

    Very good..tender. Only took about 6 hours to cook.

  • 3152004703
    Jan 30, 2014

    This came out tasting AMAZING!!!!! I did not have sesame seeds so I used sesame oil. I will be making this again!

  • jdykw
    Jan 30, 2013

    I got a lot of attaboys on this one. Will make it again ...soon.

  • kiwicook
    Mar 4, 2011

    absolutly perfect!very yummy