Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Shoulder

Cook Time

210 Mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

15 Mins




3 tbsp Brown Sugar

2 tbsp Fish Sauce

4 cups Jasmine Rice, cooked

To Taste, Mango Magic

3 lbs Pork Shoulder, boneless

1/2 cup Red Onion, minced

1 tbsp Scallions, sliced

1 tbsp Sesame Oil

1 tbsp Soy Sauce, Low Sodium

2 cups Water

Cooking Instructions

Sticky, sweet and spicy, this Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Shoulder is the ultimate meat candy. Bite-size chunks of pork are smoked then tossed in a combination of sesame oil, brown sugar, and soy sauce and cooked until fall-apart tender on the inside and sticky sweet on the outside. Serve with white rice and steamed veggies for a mouthwatering meal. 

Hard Wood Pellet Recommendation: 

In order to help magnify the sweet, rich flavors in this pork recipe, we recommend using our New England Apple Hardwood Pellets.

Note: This recipe uses Louisiana Grills Mango Magic Seasoning

Note: The FDA recommends to cook pork to a minimum internal temperature of 145°F.

  1. Fire up your Louisiana Grills pellet grill and with the lid open, set your temperature to SMOKE mode.
  2. Once the fire is lit, preheat to 250° F. If using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for low, indirect heat.
  3. Section pork shoulder into 1 to 1 ½ inch cubes, then season with Mango Magic, Place seasoned pork on a mesh grate, then transfer to the grill. Smoke for 1 ½ hours.
  4. Place a Dutch oven or deep cast iron skillet on the grill. Heat sesame oil, then add onion and sauté for 1 minute, then stir in brown sugar, water, fish sauce, soy sauce.
  5. Transfer smoked pork to the Dutch oven, then cover with a lid, or foil. Increase temperature to 325° F, and braise for 1 ½ to 2 hours, until pork is tender and caramelized.
  6. Serve pork warm over Jasmine rice with sliced scallions.

Special Tools

  • Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  • Mesh Grate


First time picking out a pork shoulder? Choose one that is pinkish-red in color with slight marbling, stay away from cuts that are pale or have dark spots on the fat.

Diet Info

  • Flexible Dieting