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5 from 3 votes

Kalua Pork

Kalua Pork is the most tender and juicy pork you'll ever eat! It only takes 3 ingredients, 5 minutes prep time, and can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Kalua Pork
Servings: 8
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Garnish and Glaze

Ingredients

For the Pork:

  • 1 4 pound pork shoulder roast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon Pink Himalayan salt, or Hawaiian sea salt

For the Cabbage:

  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1//2 teaspons kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

Instant Pot Kalua Pork:

  • Cut pork into about 6 large chunks. Place in the bottom of the Instant Pot pressure cooker and poke all over with a fork. Pour liquid smoke over the top and then sprinkle with the salt. Cover, set knob to seal, and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes followed by a 25 minutes natural release. Release any leftover pressure and open. Remove pork from pot and shred in a large bowl, removing any large fat pieces. Ladle desired amount of juice in the Instant Pot over the pork and serve with cooked cabbage and white rice.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork:

  • Place in the bottom of the slow cooker (Crock-Pot) and poke all over with a fork. Pour liquid smoke over the top and then sprinkle with the salt. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours. Remove pork from cooker and shred in a large bowl, removing any large fat pieces. Ladle desired amount of leftover juices over the pork and serve with cooked cabbage and white rice.

For the Cabbage:

  • Melt butter in a large non-stick skillet. Stir in the cabbage. Let cook 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Serve with Kalua Pork and rice.

For Serving:

    Serve the Pork with rice and cabbage. Leftover pork can be used for barbecue sandwiches, tacos, salads, fried rice...

      Notes

      If doubling the recipe, just double all the ingredients. You only need to increase the cook time by 20 minutes with the Instant Pot method.

      NUTRITION

      Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1034mg | Potassium: 1041mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 41.6mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.8mg