Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork

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Pork shoulder is slowly cooked in a sweet and tangy Asian teriyaki sauce until fork-tender. This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork is perfect for serving over rice, in a wrap, on salads, and more.

Forkful of slow cooker teriyaki pulled pork.

Meal prepping is one of the best things I do to keep my family eating healthy, balanced meals, even on busy days. Making large batches of shredded meat in a slow cooker is super easy and can be used all week long! Like this delicious Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork. We enjoyed the pork over rice the first night then used it throughout the week over salads, in soups, wrapped in tortillas, and more!

Ingredients

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork ingredients
  • Pork shoulder: While a bit fatty, when cooked low and slow, it gets tender and juicy, shredding easily.
  • Pineapple juice: Adds the distinct sweetness that is known in teriyaki sauce.
  • Chicken broth: Adds volume to the marinade without watering down the flavor.
  • Soy sauce: Great source of umami flavor and adds some tanginess to balance out the sweetness in the sauce.
  • Rice wine vinegar: Not nearly as acidic as typical vinegar, it has a mild and slightly sweet taste.
  • Tomato paste: Amplifies the umami flavor and thickens the sauce a bit.
  • Ginger: Pungent and somewhat spicy flavor.
  • Hoisin sauce: Sweet and salty in taste, it balances out the many flavors in the sauce.
  • Sesame oil: A bit nutty and earthy in taste, I like to use toasted sesame oil for an even more intense flavor.
  • Chinese five-spice: A flavorful blend of cloves, star anise, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns, and fennel.

How to Make Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork

Soy sauce in a bowl

Start your slow cooker teriyaki pulled pork by making the teriyaki marinade. Add the pineapple juice through Chinese five-spice powder to a bowl or the bottom of your slow cooker.

Whisking the marinade

If you like a bit more of a kick, you can also add some chili paste before whisking all together.

Pork in teriyaki marinade in slow cooker

Then add the pork shoulder and spoon some of the marinade over the top. While optional, I like to baste the pork shoulder every hour or so while it cooks. Cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.

Shredding slow cooker teriyaki pulled pork

Once finished cooking, let pork rest 10 minutes before shredding. Then serve on a salad, in a sandwich, or with a tortilla, and enjoy your Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork!

Easy Substitutions

  • No pineapple juice? Try orange juice or brown sugar for sweetness instead.
  • Don’t have tomato paste? Try diced tomatoes, a fresh tomato chopped up, or even a little ketchup.  Use what you have on hand!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I mix with pulled pork to keep it moist?

Use a marinade and not a dry rub. I keep the shredded pork in the teriyaki sauce/marinade to keep it from drying out. Adds more flavor, too!

What’s the best way to store pulled pork?

It will last in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What to eat with teriyaki pulled pork?

Eat it anywhere you would use shredded rotisserie chicken such as over salads, over rice, in pasta, in soup, in a wrap, in quesadillas, burrito bowls, tacos and more!

Shredded slow cooker teriyaki pulled pork.

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Liz Eating Chopped Salad

I love to toss some onto a quick, green salad for an easy lunch. My kids love to make it into a wrap with some pita bread. However you prepare it, I know you’ll love this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork.

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Slow Cooker Pork Teriyaki Recipe

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork

5 stars average
Pork shoulder is slowly cooked in a sweet and tangy Asian teriyaki sauce under tender and fork-tender. Perfect for serving over rice, wraps, or on salads.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 4 hours 20 minutes
TOTAL: 4 hours 25 minutes
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Servings10

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Asian Teriyaki Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together all of the Asian Teriyaki Sauce ingredients in the slow cooker insert (pineapple juice through Chinese five-spice powder.)
  • Place pork shoulder in the slow cooker and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper then spoon a bit of the sauce on top to coat. Cook on high for 4 hours, with the fat side facing up.
  • Remove the cooked pork from the slow cooker and let cool 10 minutes before shredding with two forks.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a large liquid measuring cup and strain the leftover liquid from the slow cooker, carefully removing any solids. To remove the fat, chill liquid in an ice bath for 30 minutes until the fat solidifies. Toss the fat then pour the remaining liquid back over the shredded pork. Warm the pork before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 42gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 533mgPotassium: 810mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 2mg
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6 responses to “Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork”

  1. Lynn Lewis Avatar
    Lynn Lewis

    Made this, but added 3/4 c Dark Brown Sugar. We wanted it alittle sweeter. Love your recipe, will use it often in our Cafe for Sweet Teriyaki pulled Pork Wraps. Thanks so much, Lynn

  2. Jen Cook Avatar
    Jen Cook

    I love love love this recipe !!! Putting in in my favorites ❤️

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you enjoyed Jen!

  3. Matt Robinson Avatar
    Matt Robinson

    Our boys love anything and everything teriyaki, so I can’t wait to make this for them!

  4. Abby Avatar
    Abby

    Hi Liz, do you mean tamari (to keep it gluten free) instead of soy sauce? Mirin is sweetened rice wine, according to the label on the bottle in my fridge. Otherwise, this looks like a stellar recipe, and I am ready to get it cooking. Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      YES!! Fixed :) Thanks!