Slow-Cooker Char Siu Pork

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + marinating Cook: 5 hours


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
The Asian influence here in the Hawaiian islands inspired my char siu recipe. It’s tasty as is, in a bun or over rice. We make it often so we have leftovers to add to fried rice, ramen and salads. —Karen Naihe, Kamuela, Hawaii
Slow-Cooker Char Siu Pork Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Combine first 7 ingredients; pour into a large shallow dish. Add pork; turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. Transfer pork and marinade to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, 5-6 hours on low or until tender. Remove; when cool enough to handle, shred meat using 2 forks. Skim fat from cooking juices; stir in chicken broth. Return pork to slow cooker and heat through. Top with fresh cilantro.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Five-spice powder is primarily used in Chinese cuisine and is a mixture of spices, including star anise, cinnamon and cloves. Look for it in the spice aisle of your grocery store.
  • You can freeze large pieces of unpeeled gingerroot in a zip-top bag. When you need some, simply grate the frozen ginger and pop it back in the freezer. No more shriveled ginger in the bottom of your produce drawer.
  • Nutrition Facts

    4 ounces cooked pork: 392 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 981mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.