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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

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This EASY 3-ingredient Slow Cooker Kalua Pork recipe is a staple in my house! We make it at least once a month because it’s SO easy and it makes enough for several meals!

This EASY 3-ingredient slow cooker kalua pork dish has become a staple in my house! We make it at least once a month because it's SO easy and it makes enough for several meals!

What is Kalua Pork?

Kalua Pig is popular Hawaiian dish served at luaus where a whole pig is smoked in a sand pit with sea salt, banana leaves and koa wood. This simple crock pot method mimics the smoked flavor of using natural liquid smoke and the results are an easy, mouth-watering, juicy pork recipe anyone can make at home.

What goes good with Kalua Pork?

Boiled cabbage and steamed rice would be the most traditional way to eat Kalua Pork, but we eat it it so many different ways. We love them in lettuce wraps with rice and hoisin sauce pictured above, over rice with hot sauce, as a great big salad (pictured below) and we even make pork tacos with corn tortillas and a simple slaw. For Keto and Whole30 diets, serve it over cauliflower rice, with cabbage or salad. Enjoy!

This EASY 3-ingredient slow cooker kalua pork dish has become a staple in my house! We make it at least once a month because it's SO easy and it makes enough for several meals!

Some Notes

I used a lean boneless shoulder blade roast, trimmed of all fat and Hawaiian sea salt which I found at Trader Joe’s.

A pork loin roast would also work, although it’s a bit leaner and therefore drier. This slow cooks in your crock pot for about 12 to 16 hours so I often start mine at night and let it cook all night long.

And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

This EASY 3-ingredient slow cooker kalua pork dish has become a staple in my house! We make it at least once a month because it's SO easy and it makes enough for several meals!

Crock Pot Kalua Pork

4.70 from 20 votes
7
Cals:197
Protein:20
Fat:12
This EASY 3-ingredient slow cooker dish has become a staple in my house! It's SO easy, family-friendly and it makes enough for several meals.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
This EASY 3-ingredient slow cooker dish has become a staple in my house! It's SO easy, family-friendly and it makes enough for several meals.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 12 hrs
Total: 12 hrs 5 mins
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Serving Size: 3 oz

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 lb trimmed pork shoulder blade roast
  • 1 tbsp liquid mesquite smoke
  • coarse red Hawaiian sea salt any sea salt would work

Instructions

  • Place pork in the crock pot and stab it all over with the tip of a knife. Rub sea salt all over pork. Drizzle the liquid smoke all over and set crock pot to low; cook until the meat is tender, about 12 to 16 hours.
  • Remove from crock pot and place on a large platter. Remove any fat you may have missed and shred pork with two forks. Discard liquid reserving a little as needed to keep pork moist.

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Notes

Adapted from La Fuji Mama

Nutrition

Serving: 3 oz, Calories: 197 kcal, Protein: 20 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 4.4 g, Cholesterol: 72 mg, Sodium: 65 mg

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331 comments on “Slow Cooker Kalua Pork”

  1. This was an excellent, easy recipe! In fact, it could scarcely be easier, and it’s also versatile. My only comment is to be careful not to oversalt it. I used the Hawaiian red salt rubbed on liberally – didn’t know how much I was supposed to used – and it came out saltier than we’d like, but still very edible. The shoulder can be fatty, and I did trim off the fact per instruction and glad I did.

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      Jamie Aiwohi

      There’s another recipe that I combine with this one and the recommended is to use ¾ teaspoon of medium-coarse salt for every 1 pound of meat. Hope that helps!

  2. I use this recipe but I also set a banana in its peel on top of the pork while cooking (I do it in the crockpot). The banana gives it that banana leaf flavor that you would get from a traditionally cooked kalua pig. Pull the banana out before shredding and enjoy!

  3. Super simple and quite delicious. While this was stewing, the entire apartment began to smell of a mesquite bbq. I served this over iceberg lettuce and fresh tomatoes, and my husband ate it as a sandwich using King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls.