Five-Spice Pork Sandwiches


Five-spice powder makes these shredded pork sandwiches extra tasty. The sandwiches are dipped into the flavorful cooking juices, similar to French dip sandwiches.

Five-Spice Pork Sandwiches
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 2.5 pound pork shoulder blade roast

  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoon hoisin sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoon Homemade Five-Spice Powder or five-spice powder

  • 6 whole grain hamburger buns or kaiser rolls, split and toasted

  • 1 ½ cup shredded napa cabbage or packaged shredded broccoli (broccoli slaw mix) (optional)

Homemade Five-Spice Powder

  • 3 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 6 star anise or 2 teaspoons anise seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoon whole Szechwan pepper or whole black pepper

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Place meat in cooker. In a small bowl combine apple cider, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and Homemade Five-Spice Powder. Pour over meat in cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5-1/2 to 6 hours.

  3. Transfer meat to a cutting board, reserving cooking juices in cooker; cool meat slightly. Remove meat from bones. Using two forks, shred meat, discarding fat. Place meat in a medium bowl.

  4. To serve, arrange meat and, if desired, cabbage in buns. If desired, strain reserved cooking juices; skim off fat. Serve cooking juices in individual serving bowls for dipping.

Homemade Five-Spice Powder

  1. In a blender combine cinnamon, anise, fennel seeds, pepper, and cloves. Cover and blend to a fine powder. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature. Makes about 1/3 cup.

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your pork is finished cooking, remove from your slow cooker as directed above and dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
9g Fat
27g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 32%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 532mg 11%
Folate, total 60.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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