Slow-Cooker Chinese Barbecued Pork
The slow cooker does many things well. Who knew that making Chinese barbecued pork is among the things it does superbly?
Why This Recipe Works
For a slow-cooker version of the Chinatown favorite char siu, we start with a boneless pork butt cut into 1-inch-thick pieces. After seasoning the meat with salt, pepper, and five-spice powder (a classic char siu flavoring), we “braise” it to tenderness in the cooker. A coating of concentrated (and quick) no-cook sauce and a few minutes under the broiler render this pork glazed, crispy, deeply browned, and—most important—intensely delicious.