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Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Pulled Pork

This Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Pulled Pork yields high returns for minimal effort. The pork is slow cooked in a mixture of sweet, salty and tangy ingredients until it pulls apart effortlessly.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Pulled Pork, Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Pulled Pork
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 453kcal
Author Cathy


  • 1 (6-7 lb) pork shoulder/Boston Butt
  • 1-1/4 cups clover honey
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried basil leaves
  • 3 tbsps minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch


  • Trim pork shoulder of all extra fat and place meat in slow-cooker.*
  • In a separate bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, basil and garlic. Pour on top of meat.
  • Set slow cooker on low for 8 hours. When done, remove meat and pour sauce into a large pouring vessel bowl. Let sit for about 20 minutes and skim off any visible fat from the top. Pour sauce into sauce pan over medium heat. Mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup water and add slowly to the sauce. Continue to stir, making sure there are no clumps. Sauce will thicken once mixture is hot enough, make sure not to boil over 1 minute as the cornstarch will break down.
  • Shred meat with two forks, removing any other visible fat and pour sauce over the meat. Eat as is or make it into a sandwich.


*Removing the obviously visible fat on the pork is helpful for this recipe since it cooks in the sauce. The meat is as tender as if you cooked with the fat originally. 


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.1g | Protein: 43.9g | Fat: 12.2g | Saturated Fat: 4.1g | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1.3IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 11.4mg | Iron: 2.1mg