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Slow-Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Pork

Chinese food is a big temptation for us, so I lightened up a favorite takeout dish. As the pork cooks, the aroma is beyond mouthwatering. —Elyse Ellis, Layton, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • Hot cooked rice


  • In a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker, mix the first 10 ingredients. Stir in pork, onion, green pepper and pineapple. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until pork is tender.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and broth until smooth; gradually stir into cooking juices. Cook, covered, on low 15-20 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Serve with rice.
    To make ahead: In a large resealable plastic freezer bag, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add pork, onion, green pepper and pineapple; seal bag, turn to coat, then freeze. To use, place filled freezer bag in refrigerator 48 hours or until contents are completely thawed. Cook as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups (calculated without rice): 531 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 705mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (63g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Oct 19, 2020

    Very good! I used half a green pepper and half a red pepper. Other than that I made it exactly per the recipe. Will definitely make again.

  • puffybloomers
    Apr 27, 2020

    Really good. Made as written except used beef broth instead of chicken

  • bamudry
    Aug 24, 2019

    I made this recipe for dinner tonight. My family liked it and I will make it again. The only change I made, after reading the reviews, was to omit the white sugar and it was fine.

  • Rosa
    Aug 6, 2019

    Will rate tomorrow night.. looks great and super easy. Pineapple in my world is always in sweet and sour, also the tomato paste is most likely for color

  • eileen344
    Jun 21, 2019

    Why do home recipes for sweet and sour always have pineapple in them? if you order it in a café, there is never pineapple.

  • Jane
    Jun 21, 2019

    I haven't made this yet but will cut out the white sugar. Also, does the tomato paste really belong in sweet and sour dishes? I just can't imagine. Will probably leave out. Anybody with comments about the tomato paste? Thanks!

  • tennis-twin
    Mar 20, 2019

    This was yummy! Put in green

  • Gramma Amy
    Jan 21, 2018

    Enjoyed this crock pot recipe when making meals for some family on a Sunday for after church. Easy prep in the morning, and the sauce was very tasty. the only thing I may do different next time is add some sliced water chestnuts for some nice crunch.

  • robbrd
    Nov 10, 2017

    I love crock pot meals for the ease of dinner. The pork was so tender. Overall, a pleasing dish. I had doubled it because we had 7 people at dinner, but a batch and a half would have been sufficient as no one really went for full-on seconds.

  • Eva
    Mar 16, 2017

    I made this for the first time for dinner last night. I followed recipe except I used a RED bell pepper since it's what I had on hand, The pork was done in under 4 hours. The onion and bell peppers pieces still had a little crunch, which we liked. My husband said this recipe was restaurant quality! We both enjoyed it very much!