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Slow Cooker Sweet and Salty Lime-Garlic Shredded Pork

A recent New York Times Cooking recipe for Honey Soy-Braised Pork with Lime and Ginger caught my eye because it was a true set-it-and-forget-it crockpot meal that could easily be converted to a freezer meal, and the flavor combination sounded delicious. I decided to try modifying it to make it top-8-free, and this is the flavor-packed, versatile result. 

This dish is easy to prepare, stands up wonderfully as a freezer meal and works well served a number of ways: I’ve had it over jasmine rice with sesame seeds and green onions; stuffed in a baked sweet potato; and used as taco filling with salsa, vegan sour cream and Violife shredded cheddar.

So, the next time pork shoulder or pork butt goes on sale, stock up and store a couple of bags in your freezer for long winter nights. Your future self will thank you.

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Salty Lime-Garlic Shredded Pork

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds boneless, skinless pork shoulder or pork butt, twine removed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp minced ginger
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • ¾ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

Instructions

  • Place pork into your slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and lime zest all over the pork.
  • In a glass measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients to create a sauce.
  • Pour sauce over pork.
  • Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).
  • Carefully remove the pork to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • Discard the remaining cooking liquid, then return the pork to the slow cooker and shred.

To make it a freezer meal:

  • Place pork in a one gallon, freezer-safe bag (you can buy these reusable freezer bags on Amazon).
  • Sprinkle the salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and lime zest all over the pork.
  • In a glass measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients to create a sauce.
  • Pour sauce over pork.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible as you do so.
  • Label and store in the freezer for up to three months.
  • When you’re ready to prepare the pork, thaw in the refrigerator, pour the contents of the bag carefully into the ceramic liner of your slow cooker and then follow steps 5 through 8 above.
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Hey there, I'm Liz!

As a former food editor and everyday home cook, I’ve spent the past 15+ years testing, tasting and saving delicious, Octofree recipes for my family. It’s with lots of love that I share the best of the bunch with you, along with tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

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