Chinese-Style Pulled Pork

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This recipe for Chinese-Style Pulled Pork is a delicious Asian twist on a barbecue classic and is so easy to make. The pulled pork is full of Chinese flavours and can be cooked in a conventional oven or slow cooker. It is FREE and Extra Easy SP if you are Food Optimising on Slimming World!

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Slimming World, Slow Cooker Chinese-Style Pulled Pork. A white plate with pulled pork and sauce drizzled over it with a side of slaw. Same image of plate of food throughout from different angles and with different text overlay, unless otherwise stated.

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Chinese-Style Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is such an easy dish to make and is always a winner with my family! Even though this recipe is “Slimming World friendly” it is packed with flavour and I think you should make it even if you’re not on SW!

I served the pulled pork with slaw on the side, but there are so many great sides you could enjoy with this dish including:

  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Steamed Buns (not SW!)
  • Stir-fried or Steamed Vegetables
  • Potato Wedges or Fries – season with chili flakes, salt, and pepper

This Chinese-style pulled pork recipe uses a whole bulb of garlic as well as fresh ginger, star anise, Chinese five-spice powder, and light soy sauce.

There is also a sauce that goes with it and that is made with oyster sauce, five-spice, and passata (tomato sauce).

I actually used less of the five-spice powder than the original recipe as I was concerned it would be too overpowering (having eaten a lot of Chinese dishes that week and got kinda sick of the flavour of the spice!).

I will include the original quantities should you wish to use more.

When it comes to herbs and spices, as well as other flavor-giving ingredients like onions, garlic, or ginger I think they can be tweaked quite easily to your personal preference and that is one thing I pretty much always do in recipes!

This recipe for Chinese Pulled Pork serves 4 and is FREE and Extra Easy SP* when Food Optimising.

*Only the original recipe in the card is EESP, any mention of additional sides must be counted as Syns, or used on a non-Extra Easy SP day.

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Chinese Style Pulled Pork

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Chinese-Style Pulled Pork

Recipe Tips

  • Use a lean pork shoulder joint with the skin and visible fat removed. You can ask your butcher to do this for you if you are not confident.
  • However, this joint is quite easy to remove the fat from as it is usually in one layer across the top. Use a very sharp knife and carefully trim and pull the fat away from the meat.
  • The pork is rubbed with Chinese five-spice powder and is placed in the pot with onions, garlic, fresh ginger, other whole spices:
  • A sauce is added when the pork has been pulled. It’s made with five-spice and:
  • The pork can be frozen for up to 3 months. Cool to room temperature, cover tightly with foil and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge before reheating.
Chinese-Style Pulled Pork

Chinese-Style Pulled Pork

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours

This pulled pork uses Chinese spices to give this slow-cooked dish a delicious twist! Can be cooked in a slow cooker or in a conventional oven.


  • 6 medium onions, quartered
  • 1 bulb of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 5cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1.5kg lean shoulder of pork, visible fat removed
  • 150ml light soy sauce

For the Slaw

  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 cucumber, seeds removed, grated
  • 1 red onion, halved and finely sliced
  • ½ small white cabbages, finely shredded
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Salt

For the Sauce

  • 400g passata/tomato sauce
  • 150ml Oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder


  1. Place the onions, garlic, ginger, star anise, and cinnamon stick into the slow-cooker pot.
  2. Rub 1 teaspoon of five-spice powder over the pork and place on top of the onions and spices.
  3. Pour the soy sauce into the pot and cook on high for 4-6 hours, or on low for 8-12 hours.
  4. To cook in a conventional oven, preheat to 160C/325F/Gas 3. Follow steps 1 and 2 as above but place into an ovenproof dish instead of the slow cooker pot. Cover with foil and cook for 2½ hours, then remove foil and cook for a further 45 minutes.
  5. To make the slaw, place all of the vegetables into a large bowl. Toss together with lemon juice and salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate till needed.
  6. About half an hour from the end of cooking time, make the sauce - place all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
  7. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring often until the sauce has thickened.
  8. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  9. Remove the pork from the pot and pull with two forks.
  10. Pour over the cooled sauce and serve with the slaw.
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  • Slimming World Syns per serving: FREE when Food Optimising.
  • This is an Extra Easy SP recipe.
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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 685Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 4794mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 7gSugar: 22gProtein: 62g

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