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Not the greatest pulled pork recipe I’ve made. I made it according to the recipe but the flavors are just not my thing when I think of pulled pork. My husband didn’t mind it so much but I had to put some BBQ sauce over it in order to finish. I probably wouldn’t make this again because I like a more BBQ style pulled pork sandwich.
Would pork leg be too tough for this, do you think?
Hi, Flo! You could probably use pork leg, but if you’re talking about a bone-in cut, you probably won’t get as much meat off it. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out!
Thanks — I ended up using a (very) slightly different recipe but it worked! I think ideally you’d use a fattier cut but the leg was fine and it was delicious. In the UK pork leg is inexplicably sold more commonly than other cuts and I find it very dry, but this was not at all.
Pork Loin (not tenderloin) is on sale for a great price at my local store….do you think I could use it instead of Shoulder (which is considerably more expensive)?
Hi, Fuzzyfur! Pork loin cooks very differently than the shoulder, and unfortunately I don’t think it would make a good substitution for this recipe. I’d suggest looking for a recipe that uses pork loin specifically.
Wow, wow, wow! This was so delicious! I loved the Chinese 5-Spice Powder. The pulled pork turned out so tender. I made homemade Chinese Steamed Buns and an Asian Slaw and these were devoured by my family. This is the third recipe of yours I’ve made and it’s so good! By the way, I did buy your book and I love it!
Thank you so much, Foodiewife! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipes and the book! I have a new one out now for the holidays, The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook. Emma just put up a review of the shepherd’s pie here on the site!
I made this last Sunday for an easy dinner. While the pork came out very tender and there was plenty of flavorful sauce, we found that the Chinese five spice powder gave the dish a “sweeter” taste…almost along the lines of a dessert, in our opinion, and followed the recipe to a T. I think it’s because of the cinnamon and clove that’s in the McCormick Five Spice powder we got at the store. We’ve never used this spice blend before and were eager to try it. If I were to make it again, I’d probably cut back on the Five spice powder. My son and his fiancé, on the other hand, loved it and finished it up. Always love trying Coco’s recipes and will continue to do so!
Hi, Gayle! Emma here, managing editor for Simply Recipes. Chinese Pulled Pork is definitely on the sweeter side, which is intentional. If you’d like a less-sweet version, I’d recommend cutting back on the hoisin and the honey as well. Enjoy!
Thanks for your input, Emma! I will certainly use your suggestions as we loved pulled pork!
How long would you cook the pulled pork if you don’t have a pressure cooker?
Hi, Renee! If you have a slow cooker, use this recipe: Slow Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork. If you don’t have either, prepare the recipe in a heavy dutch oven or stock pot with a lid and then cook it in a 300F oven for 2 to 3 hours. Check it every so often — it’s done when the meat starts to fall apart easily with a fork. Enjoy!