Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Hawaiian Favorite
This slow cooker Kalua pork is a classic Hawaiian favorite and can be easily made in a slow cooker with only a few ingredients. Eat it alone, or in tacos or sliders!
This Kalua pork requires only a small amount of raw materials, which is perfect for dinner or any barbecue! Served with coleslaw, broccoli salad and even baked potatoes, it will definitely be a hit! We think you will like this very delicious recipe that can be prepared in just a few minutes!
Classic Hawaiian cuisine
Hello! It’s Kristin, who is back from Yellow Bliss Road. We just returned from an amazing Hawaiian holiday, so today I am going to share with you a great Hawaiian inspired recipe.
If you have ever visited the Hawaiian Islands, you may have tried Kalua Pig (pork). It’s on almost every menu. At counter service restaurants and food trucks, you can use Kalua pork as part of a “two spoonful lunch plate” with a spoonful of rice and a spoonful of Hawaiian macaroni salad next to it.
This is definitely a classic on the island and a recipe I want to make at home!
But what exactly is Kaluwa pork?
At luaus and family gatherings in Hawaii, roasting a whole pig in the ground is very popular. Yes, you read it right. A whole pig!
Dig a hole, rub the whole pig with Hawaiian sea salt, put it in the hole, cover it with leaves or branches, such as banana leaves, light it with fire, and then cover it with mud. Pigs spend most of the day cooking on the ground-at least 8 hours.
The result is delicious, delicious and tender pork that everyone likes!
All you need is a slow cooker
Of course, you may not dig a hole in the backyard to roast your own pig. All you need is a slow cooker, some Hawaiian sea salt (or kosher salt, if you have one) and some liquid smoke.
Just rub salt and liquid smoke on the meat. Then cover the lid and simmer for 12 hours. period. Finish. That’s all there is to it!
I use bone-in pork shoulder because I think the bone-in taste will be better, but you can also easily use boneless pork shoulder. The shoulder is fat, which adds to the flavor, but I think you can even use pork tenderloin. In the slow cooker, no matter what cut you use, it will become tender and juicy.
Or use Instant Pot
If you are short on time, an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker is a faster option that can produce the same results.
- Choose stir fry on your instapot. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to brown all sides of the roast pork.
- Turn off the instapot. Take out the roast pork and add ½ c water and smoke liquid.
- Put the roast back into the pot and add salt.
- Close the lid and select “Manual”. Set the timer to 90 minutes.
- Before removing the cap, let the pressure release naturally. This will take about 20 minutes.
Enjoy the leftovers!
store: Save the juice in the crock pot for use when storing leftovers. Put the pork and some juice from the crock pot in an airtight (freeze safe, if applicable) container. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
Use in other recipes: You can enjoy Karua pork alone anytime, or we like to put it in rolls to make sliders. You can also use it on tacos, corn chips, or put it on salads. It is very versatile!
We certainly like to look for simple and delicious meals-especially if they are done in a slow cooker. It’s very simple!
More delicious slow cooker rice:
Course main course
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 9 hours
Total time 9 hours 5 minutes
Calories 698 kcal
Author Little Luna
- 7 pounds pork butt or shoulder bone
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
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