Cooktop Cove: How to make slow cooker sweet and spicy Asian pork shoulder
By Laura Martin
This recipe reminds me of my favorite Korean barbecue restaurant in New York. I’d always get the bulgogi, a dish of marinated pork cooked right at the table. Now that I live in central Georgia, there aren’t a lot of Korean restaurants around, but this always cures my cravings. Learn to make delicious Asian-style pork in the recipe below.
A mixture of sweet, salty and spicy provides the perfect accompaniment to rich, tender pork shoulder. This dish is delicious served over rice and/or tossed with steamed broccoli. I also like to garnish it with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder
4
10 minutes
8 hours
8 hours, 10 minutes
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce or gochujang
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2-inch pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, chili-garlic sauce, ginger and sesame oil in a 5-quart slow cooker.
Season the pork with salt and pepper. Add to the slow cooker, and mix with the sauce.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Pro tip: For a thicker, stickier sauce, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch into 3 tablespoons water and stir into the slow cooker at the end of the cooking time. Cover and wait 5 minutes before serving.
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