Only Easy: Misty’s Shoyu Pork

By: Misty I.

I’m resisting. I want to buy an Instant Pot! I even want to buy Instant Pot cookbooks. But honestly, do I really need an Instant Pot? Would I use it?  I understand that the Instant Pot is…well…instant compared to the slow cooker.  Reminds me of the tortoise and the hare.  I decided I should use the stuff I have before I invest in an Instant Pot.  It was time to get reacquainted with my slow cooker.

This recipe is the epitome of “only easy!” It takes about 5 minutes to prep.

Misty’s Shoyu Pork


8-10 lbs. Boneless pork shoulder (bone-in or boneless)
1 ½ C. shoyu (I am a Club Shoyu fan, but for this recipe, I use the cheaper Aloha brand)
1 ½ C. sugar
½ C. vinegar (white or apple cider)
Slow cooker liner (optional)


  1. If using, line your 6-8 quart slow cooker with a liner. Add pork shoulder to the slow cooker.

  1. Mix shoyu, sugar, and vinegar together. Pour the sauce over and set the slow cooker. Your slow cooker may vary. It’s ready when it is fork tender:
    1. Boneless – 8 hours on low or 5 hours on high.
    2. Bone-in – 8-9 hours on high.

That’s it, only easy!



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