Star Anise Pulled Pork

Star Anise Pulled Pork

Star Anise Pulled Pork is the best pulled pork recipe if you like dishes with aromatic seasonings and savory flavors! This pork is packed with fun flavors from soy sauce, brown sugar, star anise, garlic, Chinese five spice powder, and cilantro.


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Cooking MethodSlow Cooker


  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or canned low sodium broth
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 star anise (or 1 teaspoon powdered), crushed
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, tied
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro (optional), coarsely chopped


  1. In a small bowl, mix the stock wit the sherry, soy sauce, brown sugar, star anise, garlic and the five spice powder.
  2. Pat the roast dry with a paper towel.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the oil in a large enameled cast iron casserole dish.
  5. Add the pork and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 15 minutes.
  6. Add the sauce mixture and bring pot to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the casserole dish.
  7. Cover tightly and cook over low heat for about 3 hours, turning the roast every 30 minutes (I found cooking for 4 hours would be best for doing a pulled pork.), until very tender.
  8. Remove the pork and boil the sauce until it is reduced to 1 cup, about five minutes.
  9. Pull the pork into long shreds (I use two dinner forks pulling in opposite directions) and return to the casserole dish.
  10. Garnish with the cilantro and serve.

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