Zingy Sweet Pork Casserole

This is a delicious, light and summery casserole. Pork shoulder is a great cut for slow cooking and is also really cheap. This casserole goes equally well with mash potatoes or brown rice.

This version was cooked in a casserole dish in the oven, but it’s also a great recipe for your slow-cooker, so I’ve given instructions for that method too.

As usual with my casseroles this is a biggish batch (about 6 portions) leaving plenty of leftovers to freeze in plastic containers and defrost and microwave later.

Zingy Sweet Pork Casserole Fresh From The Oven


Pork Shoulder – 4 lbs/ 1.8 kg

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon

Flour – 1½ tablespoons

Chicken stock – 1pint/570ml (2 small foil containers – see my Chicken Stock blog from March 21st 2012)

Mushrooms – 9oz/250g (thickly sliced)

Cider vinegar – 4 tablespoons

Clear honey – 3 tablespoons

Soy sauce – 2 tablespoons

Seasoning – Salt and pepper (to taste)

Equipment: Knife, large frying, tongs, casserole dish or slow cooker pot, saucepan, wooden spoon.


  1. Trim the pork of fat and cut into 1-2 inch chunks and coat in flour.
  2. Heat the oil in the frying pan on a high heat and brown the meat on all sides in batches transferring into the warmed casserole or crock-pot.
  3. Lightly fry off the mushrooms and add them to the pot.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock in a saucepan (or use a freshly constituted stock cube) and add to the pot with the cider vinegar, honey, and soy sauce, stir well. Add a bit of water if the meat isn’t covered.
  5. Cover and cook in a preheated oven (150°C/Fan 130°C/Gas 2) for 2-3 hours, or in the slower cooker for 8-10 hours on Low or 4-5 hours on High.
  6. Taste and season an hour before the end of the cooking time. The gravy is quite thin, so add some cornflour at this stage too if you desire a thicker consistency.

4 comments on “Zingy Sweet Pork Casserole

  1. Your pork sounds good with the addition of the vinegar, honey and soy.

  2. […] time with a bit of a twist. After the success of the Zingy Sweet Pork Casserole (see my blog from April 3rd 2012), my boyfriend asked for a gravy that tasted like that sauce, so I did some […]

  3. […] the success of my Healthier Slow Cooker Pulled Pork I decided to makeover another pork dish, Zingy Sweet Pork Casserole. With the slow cooker mean you can use leaner cuts of meat without any worry that they will dry out […]

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