Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder

There are a couple of things I don’t cook – either out of fear or lack of know how!

I found a couple recipes – one in real simple and one in cooking light that had a pork shoulder or another name i found out – boston butt…  And it looked tasty… so i figured, let’s try this!

Last week I saw – pork shoulder 1.67 a pound – woot!!

The butchers are amazingly helpful and helped me figure out what i needed and made me feel like less of an idiot when i didn’t know that boston butt was indeed pork shoulder

Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons garlic chili (recipe says 1-2 – but we like spice)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 1/2 pound pork shoulder – trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2 inch pieces (i forgot to cut it up, and it all worked out great too)
  • 1 medium head bok choy – thinly sliced


  • In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, combine the soy sauce, sugar, chili-garlic sauce, ginger, five-spice powder, pepper and salt.
  • Add pork and toss to coat. Cook, covered, until the pork is tender, on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours
  • Skim off and discard any fat from the pork.
  • Remove the pork to a plate, add the bok choy – until heated through 2-4 minutes.

It turned out great – nice taste, good sauce, even the bok choy was super tasty!

One thought on “Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder

  1. I know nothing about cuts of meat either so usually I just point and hope for the best! That sauce sounds absolutely delicious!

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