Slow Cooker Char Siu {Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork}

Char Siu Pork

Two of my favorites, pulled pork and any kind of Asian food…in one dish. Yeah, I’m in love. Especially since traditional pulled pork can be pretty fatty and this absolutely isn’t. So I can eat it guilt free. YESSSS.

This flavorful pork (char siu), after eight hours in the slow cooker, absolutely falls apart and melts in your mouth. Paired with the savory/sweet sauce, this is sure to please your pickiest eaters.

Serve it up with some sticky rice and a quick vegetable stir fry.

Slow Cooker Char Siu {Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork}

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 3 ounces pork and 1/4 cup sauce


1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Step by Step

  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
  2. Place in a large zip-top plastic bag.
  3. Add pork to bag; seal.
  4. Marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours, turning occasionally.
  5. Place pork and marinade in an electric slow cooker.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  7. Remove pork from slow cooker using a slotted spoon; place on a cutting board or work surface. Cover with aluminum foil; keep warm.
  8. Pour sauce from the slow cooker into a saucepan.
  9. Whisk broth and cornstarch to create a slurry; add to sauce.
  10. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove from heat to thicken.
  11. Shred pork with 2 forks; serve with sauce.


WW PP 5; Calories 218; Total Fat 4.8g; Saturated Fat 1.5g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 83mg; Sodium 725mg; Carbohydrates 12.2g; Sugars 10.4g; Protein 30.7g

Adapted from Cooking Light


  • Don’t feel like serving this over rice? Try it on a sweet Hawaiian roll for a twist on a pulled pork sandwich!
  • Another change up? Try this wrapped in a soft flour tortilla with shredded cabbage, julienned cucumber and thinly sliced red pepper.

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  • Christy_TheSistherhood

    YUM!!! I am going to get a pork roast next time I shop. I love pulled pork, and this Asian twist sounds delish!

    • Natty

      Hi there! I don’t have a slow cooker but want to make this for dinner tonight – what would be the cooking temp and time for a conventional fan forced oven? Thanks so much, very excited!!

      • Heather

        Hi Natty! I’m so sorry I didn’t see this till now. I’d say probably 300ish in a dutch oven. You’ll need to make sure you have an oven proof, covered pot, because you’ll be braising the meat (low temp, slow cooking with moist heat). You’ll probably want to check it about halfway through. I doubt you’ll need the full 8 hours :)

  • Flor

    We had this tonight and the kids LOVED it!

    • Heather

      So glad it was a hit!

  • Lisa

    I want to try this with chicken thighs- what is hoisin sauce? Is that the same as Sri. chili sauce?  And five spice powder- what the heck is that?!  I do have an Asian seasoning that is awesome- I’ll use that instead.

    • Maritabunch

       Hoisin and chili sauce are a world apart flavor wise, not a substitute FYI

  • Jsgiles

    I made this for my family and we loved it! We loved the leftovers too in wraps with our favorite crunchy veggies!

  • Crystal

    This. Was. SO. Good! Can’t wait for the leftovers tonight!

  • Fran

    Made this for a dinner party a few times now and everyone loves it! I have passed on the recipe to everyone who tried it. So easy to make and so delicious!

    • Christy_TheSistherhood

      Awesome! So glad it was a huge hit, and thanks for passing the recipe along :)

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  • Rachel Heine

    Oh man, this looks amazing! Definitely going to try.

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