Teriyaki Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker


Asian pulled pork is so much better made with homemade teriyaki sauce rather than the bottled stuff. It's perfect on sandwiches, over rice, in a wrap, quesadillas, burritos, tacos, etc. Also ideal for tailgating or game day snacks.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


Teriyaki Sauce:

  • ¾ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • ¼ cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup cold water

  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch


  • 2 ½ pounds pork shoulder roast

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Combine soy sauce, chicken broth, pineapple juice, brown sugar, sherry, honey, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl until you have a thin slurry, and add to the saucepan, stirring to incorporate.

  2. Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer to slightly thicken, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove teriyaki sauce from heat.

  3. Place pork roast in a slow cooker and pour teriyaki sauce over the top. Cook on Low until the pork is tender and falls apart when pulled with a fork, 6 to 8 hours.

  4. Remove the pork from the cooker and let rest for 5 minutes before shredding with 2 forks.

  5. Return the shredded meat to the pot, mix with the sauce, and let it warm up for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Cook's Note:

If you are making the teriyaki sauce in advance, store in the refrigerator.

Cooking time will depend on the size of the pork roast.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
9g Fat
17g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 1208mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 409mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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