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Slow Cooker Chinese Five Spice Pork

Recipe By Gracie Smith


6 servings

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cooking Time

12 Minutes

Recipe By Gracie Smith

Flavorful cuts of pork shoulder slow-cooked with warm spices and sweet citrus.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with rice.


3 lbs. pork country style ribs

¼ cups all-purpose flour, for dredging

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

4 scallions, sliced, white and green parts divided

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

¼ cups rice vinegar

¼ cups sherry

2 Tbsp. honey

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

Zest and juice of 1 orange, divided

1 Tbsp. corn starch

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Halve ribs lengthwise and dredge in flour. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil. Add ribs to skillet and sear on all sides until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 min. per side. Cook in batches to avoid overcrowding skillet. Add ribs to slow cooker along with white parts of scallions, garlic, rice vinegar, sherry, honey, soy sauce, Chinese Five Spice, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, and orange zest. Stir, cover, and set slow cooker to low for 7 hours or high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. When ribs shred easily with a fork, transfer them to a plate. Transfer sauce in slow cooker to a large skillet. In a small bowl, combine orange juice and corn starch to make a slurry. Add to sauce and bring to a simmer, stirring for 2 to 3 min. or until sauce thickens. Glaze pork with sauce, garnish with green parts of scallions and serve immediately.