East Meets Southeast Barbecued Pulled Pork

2 lb pork loin
For the sauce:
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sake
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon chile paste (Sambal Oelek)
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespon grated garlic
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground star anise

Preheat oven to 375. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients. Slice the pork loin into 2 inch thick slices. Place in a baking dish with a lid. Cover in sauce, cover and bake 1 1/2 hours or until pull-apart-with-a-fork tender. Use a fork to shred the pork. Serve hot on sesame buns.

Yield: about 4 servings

My thoughts:

We couldn’t decide between making Southern style barbecue pork or something Asian so we decided to meld the two together in a sort of China meets Japan meets the Carolinas pulled pork. It is beyond tasty and despite the long list of ingredients, a snap to make.


  1. That looks amazing, and is making my mouth fill with saliva. I also love making pulled pork in the crockpot…it comes out soooo tender.

    Hi, by the way. I’m a relative newcomer to your blog, and love it.

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  3. Ohhh, I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer and have been wondering what I was going to make with it. This sounds like a winner!

  4. Larissa: I love it out of the slowcooker too, I have a different pulled pork slowcook recipe that’s good! coconutlime.blogspot.com/2005/10/pulled-pork-in-slow-cooker.html
    Thanks for the compliments!

    Hey Meghan, thanks for the comment, but I really don’t see any Asian inspired pulled pork recipes on your site. I saw a shredded “quick” chicken one, but that was it. I must have missed it. Could I have the link?

  5. GREAT idea! Being FROM N.C., barbecue plays a big role in our entertaining lives. My husband is Eastern style, and I’m Western style, however. I think this would be a good middle ground!

  6. I am going to make this next week. Perfect for leftovers, pretty healthy too!

  7. Hells ya — sounds awesome. What a fun way to blend East and South.

  8. Oh. Sounds tasty!

  9. Oh, wow that looks delish!

  10. That looks fantastic! The Asian flavors in it sound wonderful. Great idea.