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Recipe: Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder

This recipe is ideal for entertaining as it requires very little effort, but produces mouth-wateringly tender pork. Serve the pork as it is, or once cooked mix with some hoi sin sauce and serve in a steamed hirata bao bun.


1tbsp five-spice powder
1tbsp sugar
1tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2.5kg pork shoulder

Cooking Method

Serves 6

1. Pre-heat the oven to 150°c.

2. In a large bowl mix together the five-spice powder, sugar, salt and pepper.  Add the pork shoulder and ensure that the spice mixture is evenly rubbed over the meat.

3. Take a piece of aluminium foil large enough to create a parcel around the pork. Place the foil onto a baking tray, add the pork to the centre and then take each side of the foil and fold it in the middle to create a parcel.

4. Place the pork into the oven for 5 hours. After 5 hours, open the foil parcel and continue to cook for another 30 minutes.

5. After the 5 ½ hours of cooking time, remove the pork from the oven and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes. Once rested the pork should be tender enough to pull apart with a fork.