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Gluten-free Slowcooker Five-Spice Braised Pork Belly

Make your house smell fragrant with this gluten-free Taiwanese-inspired five-spice braised pork belly to top your rice and noodles!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Taiwanese
Keyword: five spice, pork, pork belly, slowcooker
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 915kcal
Author: Brenda


  • 2 lb skin-on pork belly cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar, or omit for low-sugar version
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp five-spice powder
  • 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 white or yellow onion cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups carrots cut into 1.5 inch pieces


Optional: Brown the meat.

  • Heat a pan over medium to high heat. Pour 2 tbsp cooking oil into heated pan then place pork belly pieces evenly over pan.
  • Once the searing side looks no longer pink (or until browned if you have time), turn the piece and repeat on all pieces and all sides

Sauce and seasoning

  • In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar (if using), gluten-free soy sauce, five-spice powder, molasses and 1 cup of water


  • Place onions pieces, then the prepared pork belly pieces to the bottom of the slowcooker.
  • Place cut carrot pieces over pork
  • Pour the mixed seasoning sauce on top. Then add water until 0.5 to 1 inch below the top of the ingredients
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours
  • Serve over preferred side dishes and enjoy!