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Roasted Honey Garlic Pork

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This roasted honey garlic pork recipe is sure to become one of your new favorite meals. It is simple to put together and each bite has a slightly sweet, sticky finish with just a bit of heat.

Close up of a serving spoon filled with roasted honey garlic pork bites with a thick and shiny sauce coating each piece being held over the pan and the remaining pork bites.

This post is sponsored by the Utah Pork Producers Association. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

If you are looking to jazz up your dinner routine, you are in the right place! These pork bites are roasted until they get just a bit crunch on the corners that give way to succulent and juicy centers.

They are a lot like burnt ends in that way. They have the perfect mix of textures and concentrated flavor.

The meat cooks right in the honey garlic sauce, letting all of that good stuff soak in. It hangs out in the oven for a while to reach perfection, and is worth the wait!

I will be honest with you, this recipe takes a little bit of time. It is the low and slow method that helps the pork shoulder meat get nice and tender and delicious.

So, it won’t work on those nights where you need to get dinner on the table in thirty minutes. However, it is perfect for a day where you are getting things done around the house.

Or let it cook while you enjoy a movie, you deserve to relax sometimes too!

And while the wait might be antagonizing, there is very little effort to putting this dish together. So, it is worth every second it takes!

Tips and Tricks

I like to start with a boneless pork shoulder roast. That way you start with a reasonable amount of eat and the prep is easy, just cut it into chunks.

Now, I know I have been telling you that you don’t have to cook your pork to well done. Cuts like the loin, tenderloin, and pork chops are delicious cooked to145℉.

However, because of the connective tissue inside the pork shoulder, low and slow cooking methods are preferred. And you want to cook the meat to around 190℉ to get maximum tenderness.

That is one of the main reasons we cook it for a longer time and a lower temperature for this recipe. The other benefit of the long cook is it gives the honey garlic sauce plenty of time to thicken and caramelize.

It is like magic is happening in your oven, and it is worth the wait. Don’t try to turn up the heat and rush it, the results won’t be the same.

We like to serve our pork bites with white rice. The flavors lean towards Asian cuisine, so it just feels right.

Just add a vegetable and dinner is ready. I can’t wait for you to give this recipe a try!

More Great Pork Recipes

During the summer, we love using the smoker to cook meals. Smoked bacon wrapped pork loin is always a favorite and it’s another simple one to put together.

Crockpot hula pork is another fun option. It makes great sandwiches or is perfect served over rice.

Pork chops and mushroom soup gravy has always been one of my favorites. I have been known to request it for my birthday dinner.

For more inspiration, check out my full collection of pork recipes. There is bound to be something in there you will love.

Bowl of roasted honey garlic pork bites served with white rice and peas, ready to eat.

Roasted Honey Garlic Pork

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
This pork is a little sweet with just a bit of heat. The outsides get a little bit of bark that gives way to tender, juicy pork. It is the perfect mix of textures and flavors and is sure to become one of your new favorite dinners.
5 from 2 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes


  • 4 pounds pork shoulder roast
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds optional


  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Cut pork into bite sized cubes, about 1-inch. And rough chop the onion.
    4 pounds pork shoulder roast, 1 onion
  • Put pork and onions in braiser, large skillet with a lid, or roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
    ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Do not drain any liquid from the pan.
  • Finely dice garlic. Stir together with honey, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Pour sauce over pork. Stir to coat.
    6 cloves garlic, 3 Tablespoons soy sauce, 1 cup honey, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Roast uncovered for 1½ hours, stirring every 20- 30 minutes. The edges will get dark and the cooking liquids will thicken.
  • Rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.
    1 teaspoon sesame seeds


You can adjust the heat in the final dish by adding more or less red pepper flakes.
We love serving roasted honey garlic pork bites over rice. 
According to the USDA, you can store cooked pork leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 19gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 372mgPotassium: 354mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 31IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

The texture and flavor on these are amazing. They are worth the wait!


Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

The wait is a bit of torture, smelling them while they cook. But definitely worth it!


Monday 1st of July 2024

This is the best i will have to make it again


Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

I am so glad you liked it!