Why yes, brown sugar and soy pulled pork is as good as it sounds. It’s contest time again and this contest is sponsored by Kikkoman.
“I received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
Soy sauce is a staple in my house and I use it for a lot of recipes like asian dishes, marinades and salad dressings. There is no flavor like it. It’s the umami flavor that keeps me coming back for more.
If you haven’t heard of umami, it’s a taste, just like sweet, sour, or salty. It’s a savory and hearty flavor profile. It came on the food scene quite a few years ago. I think it was about 10 years ago when I first heard the term. Soy sauce has umami.
Soy sauce is often thought of by many, including dietitians, for being high in sodium. Knowing this, some research has shown that using soy sauce can actually help reduce the amount of sodium consumed in a recipe. According to Kikkoman, “a study published in the Journal of Food Science revealed that swapping soy sauce for salt reduces the sodium by up to 50% without decreasing consumer acceptance”. That’s pretty incredible.
How? you ask? The flavor is so strong, you can use less. In fact, when you substitute 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce for 1/2 teaspoon salt, you reduce the sodium by 1000mg – that’s incredible. Just for reference, a teaspoon of salt has about 2400mg sodium. That’s pretty much all anyone should be consuming in an entire day. Anything we can do to cut the sodium in our diet should be taken seriously.
The low sodium options are fantastic as well and that’s what I used for this recipe, instead of using salt. Normally, I would add salt and pepper to season the pork, but I decided to use soy sauce instead and NO salt whatsoever. Result? A total hit. My husband was searching for leftovers today. Luckily, this dish makes a lot of pulled pork.
To see more of Kikkoman’s products and to see the type of low sodium products they have, go here: Kikkoman
- For The Pulled Pork
- 4 pound pork shoulder (pork butt) – excess fat removed
- 1/3 cup Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Less Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
- For Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- For Slaw
- 4 cups shredded cole slaw mix
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Optional: Buns or rolls
- Put all of the ingredients for the slaw in a medium bowl, mix and store in the refrigerator until the pork is done
- Put all ingredients for the pulled pork in the slow cooker and set on low for 8 hours
- When pork is finished cooking, pour out liquid into a separate bowl and place in the freezer or refrigerator to cool – to allow the fat to rest on top
- When sauce has cooled, skim all of the fat off of the top
- Pour into a saucepan over medium high heat and add 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and whisk until thickened (sauce will thicken slightly as it starts to simmer)
- Add the thickened sauce back to the slow cooker and shred the pork with 2 forks
- Serve pork topped with slaw on a bun or roll