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Sweet and sour pork is a favorite take out meal for loads of people. I love the convenience and the aroma of large family sweet and sour pork in the slow cooker. The bonus of this recipe is that you can cook it that day, marinade it overnight, or make it a freezer meal. The choice is yours.

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I bought a large 8 lb pork roast at Costco and cut it in half for this recipe. I cut the 4 lb half for this recipe into chunks before adding all the other ingredients. Do you have to cut it into chunks? No, you sure don’t. You can throw it in there whole and shred it later. I was in a cut into chunks mood that day.

Add all of the other ingredients except the cornstarch in with the pork chunks. Turn it on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 6. You may be wondering how I decide whether to cook on low or high. Depends on how long it is to dinner. Yep, that’s it. If I’m turning on the slow cooker in the morning then it’s on low. If I get the slow cooker started at 2 in the afternoon which is always in the realm of possibilities then high gets the nod. I bet you thought I had a better system. Nope, it’s the simple things in life that make me the most productive.

About 30 minutes before serving, add the cornstarch. You can’t just plop the cornstarch into the slow cooker or you will have a lumpy mess. In fact, you could skip this step altogether and serve a perfectly fine meal. It is more appealing in my opinion with the cornstarch. Scoop out some hot broth from the slow cooker and whisk the cornstarch into the hot liquid until all the lumps have disappeared. Add back to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Put lid back on for 30 minutes.



  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Dinner


Serve this yummy sweet and sour pork in the slow cooker over hot rice, yum! You can make your rice in the slow cooker as well.


  • 4 lb pork roast cut into chunks
  • 1 bottle (12 ounce) sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 can (20 ounce) can of pineapple chunks
  • 2 cut up colored peppers ( I used red and yellow)
  • 1 sliced onion ( I was out and used minced onion from my spice cabinet)
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch whisked in 30 mins before serving


  1. Dump all ingredients except cornstarch together and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8.
  2. Add cornstarch during last 30 minutes.
  3. Serve over rice.


Here’s how to make rice in the slow cooker or in the electric pressure cooker.

Keywords: sweet and sour, pork, dinner, slow cooker

Voila! Large family sweet and sour pork in the slow cooker! Make rice in a different slow cooker or in your Instant Pot. I mix the rice with the leftover meat all in one bag and scoop out leftovers for other meals or throw it in the freezer for another day.

Freezer directions : Mix all ingredients into freezer bag except cornstarch or rice. Unthaw 24 hours before cooking for slow cooker or place frozen in Instant Pot.

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