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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork

    Pork shoulder is slowly cooked in a sweet and tangy Asian teriyaki sauce until fork-tender. Perfect for serving over rice, in a wrap, on salads, and more.

    Slow Cooker Pork Teriyaki Recipe

    With the business of everyday life as a mom, homeschooler, and business owner, I am always looking for time-saving tips in the kitchen. Prepping large batches of shredded meat that can be repurposed throughout the week in a variety of meals is one of my favorite ways to stay healthy with limited time on my hands for cooking.

    Shredding Pork Shoulder

    Recently I turned a boneless pork shoulder we had in the freezer into Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork. We enjoyed the pulled pork over rice the first night then used it throughout the week in pasta, over salads, in soups, wrapped in tortillas, and more.

    Stabbing Pork

    To start, gently insert a small knife throughout the pork shoulder. Pork shoulders are a large cut of meat so this allows the sauce to penetrate the inside of the roast as opposed to only seasoning the outside.

    Pork Teriyaki Ingredients

    Speaking of sauce, I created the Asian teriyaki sauce by whisking together a few pantry staples I had on hand including soy, sesame oil, pineapple juice and hoisin. The secret to a well balanced sauce is to have equal parts salty, sour, spicy, and sweet ingredients. 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!

    Seasoning Pork Shoulder

    To cut down on dirty dishes, I like to whisk together the sauce right in the bottom of the slow cooker insert. No need to dirty an extra bowl! Then, before turning on the slow cooker, I liberally season the entire roast with kosher salt and pepper.

    Basting Pork

    While this is optional, I like to baste the pork shoulder every hour or so while it cooks. Remember those slits we made with the knife? This allows even more of the sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce the penetrate the pork shoulder.

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    Before serving, I remove the remaining liquid, strain, and separate the fat.

    Pouring Sauce Over Pork Teriyaki

    Once I’ve separated the fat from the liquid I pour the remaining liquid back over the pulled pork before serving. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly if you need more salt or pepper.

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    Frequently asked questions:

    What’s the best way to separate fat solids from the liquid?

    You can chill the sauce overnight in the refrigerator and separate it the next day OR you can place the liquid in an ice bath in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and remove the fat solids once complete.

    What’s the best way to store pulled pork?

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

    How should pulled pork be served?

    Use it anywhere you’d use shredded rotisserie chicken such as over salads, over rice, in pasta, in soup, in a wrap, in quesadillas, burrito bowls, tacos and more.

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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 mins
    COOK: 4 hrs 20 mins
    TOTAL: 4 hrs 25 mins
    Servings: 10



    • 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder
    • kosher salt
    • pepper

    Asian Teriyaki Sauce


    • 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.
      Seasoning Pork Shoulder
    • 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.
      Pouring Sauce Over Pork Teriyaki


    Calories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 42gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 533mgPotassium: 810mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 2mg

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. 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. 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!

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