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Slow Cooker Honey-Ginger Pork

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6 to 8 servings Easy
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Ingredients (11)

  • 1 (4- to 4-1/2–pound) boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3 equal pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • 1⁄3 cup mirin or medium-dry white wine
  • 1⁄4 cup tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey, warmed
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 1⁄2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 
1 jalapeño pepper, sliced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, if following the optional browning step
  • 1 large bunch kale (preferably lacinato, or flat-leaf kale), ribs removed and leaves chopped

My family can never get enough of this dish, with its sweet, salty, bitter, spicy flavors. If you like lots of greens, you can add a second bunch of kale, but you’ll need 
to stir it three or four times as it cooks. Serve over soba or other Asian noodles and top with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

If you like this dish, we recommend our ramen broth recipe with pork, mushrooms, and ginger.

Courtesy of Weldon Owen; photo by Eva Kolenko

Instructions

To cook:
  1. 1Season the pork pieces with salt. In a small bowl, stir together the mirin, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, onion, and jalapeño, if using.
  2. 2This step is optional: Put a flameproof slow cooker insert on the stovetop over medium-high heat, then add the oil and warm until hot. (Or, use a frying pan for this step.) Working in batches if necessary to avoid crowding, add the pork pieces and
 sear them on the first side, without moving them, until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the pieces and sear on the second side until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes longer.
  3. 3Transfer the insert to the slow cooker and pour the mirin-soy mixture over the pork. If you’ve skipped the browning step, put the pork in the slow cooker and pour in the mirin-soy mixture. Toss to coat the pork evenly with the mixture. Cover and cook on the low-heat setting for 8 hours. About 1 hour before the pork is ready, stir in the kale. The pork should be very tender and the kale should be tender.

To assemble:

  1. 1Transfer the pork to a cutting board. Break the pork into large chunks, discarding any large pieces of fat. Using a large spoon, skim off and discard any fat from the surface of the cooking liquid. Return the meat to the slow cooker and stir gently to combine.

To serve:

  1. 1Spoon the pork, kale, and cooking liquid onto cooked soba or other noodles, arranged on a warmed platter or individual plates. Serve right away.
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