Kalua Pork

Grab your slow cooker and make some of this smoky Kalua Pork! Tender and juicy, it’s so versatile…sandwich, pizza, and more!

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Grab your slow cooker and make some of this smoky Kalua Pork! Tender and juicy, it's so versatile...sandwich, pizza, and more!

I’m taking you back to my trip to Hawaii with today’s recipe! Kalua Pork (or often times called Kalua Pig) is a Hawaiian staple. They not only have this at Luau’s, but almost every restaurant serves some variation of Kalua Pork (pizza, flatbread, sandwich, nachos, etc).

Traditionally, Kalua Pork is made in a large pit in the ground. The pig is covered in banana leaves and cooked for hours and hours. The result is a tender, smoky shredded pork.

Grab your slow cooker and make some of this smoky Kalua Pork! Tender and juicy, it's so versatile...sandwich, pizza, and more!

Obviously, I’m not digging a pit in my backyard, but after a quick search on google, it appears the modern way to make this (or should I say the “mainland” way to make this) is to use liquid smoke during the cooking process. I love the smoky flavor it gives meat (I use it to cook Brisket too).

I make shredded pork often in my slow cooker. It’s such an easy dinner idea. However, it never occurred to me to add that liquid smoke. What a difference in flavor it gives to the pork. Deep, hearty, bold, smoky flavor. And don’t be shy on the salt either. I wish I had some pink Hawaiian sea salt…but I just used a very coarse sea salt instead, that I found at my local grocery store. Coarse, you guys. Don’t be putting 2 Tbsp of table salt on your pork. Got it?

This sweet vinegar Broccoli Slaw is the perfect pairing to your meal. Serve with my favorite shredded Kalua Pork!

And today, it’s a double whammy recipe. It’s like you hit the bonus prize. Because I’ve also got an easy broccoli slaw recipe that tastes amazing with this pork. Either serve it on the side, or pile it high on your sandwich!

As for the bbq sauce, this one is your call. I have a friend who has a friend who has a dad (LOL) who makes a homemade bbq sauce. It’s thin. It has a sweet and spicy vinegar flavor to it. Pairs very nicely with this pork (without overpowering the smoky flavor). Admittedly, this Kalua Pork is also amazing with NO sauce. Fork tender and delicious.

Grab your slow cooker and make some of this smoky Kalua Pork! Tender and juicy, it's so versatile...sandwich, pizza, and more!

Give it a try soon. And don’t worry about the leftovers. I’ve got a recipe tomorrow for a delicious Hawaiian Pizza!

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Kalua Pork

Yield: serves 8-10

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Ingredients:

For the pork:

  • 5 lb boneless Boston butt pork roast
  • 2 Tbsp coarse sea salt (or Hawaiian sea salt)
  • 3 Tbsp hickory liquid smoke**

For the broccoli slaw:

  • 12oz package of fresh broccoli slaw mix
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple (from a can, no liquid)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar

Directions:

For the Pork:

  1. Place pork in a large crockpot. Sprinkle generously with the coarse sea salt. Drizzle the liquid smoke over the pork. Cover and cook on low for at least 8 hours.
  2. When pork is fully cooked, shred into large chunks and serve hot. If making a sandwich, you can shred the pork a little smaller. We like to eat the pork in large chunks the first day and make sandwiches with the leftovers.

For the Broccoli Slaw:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil and sugar.
  2. Place broccoli slaw mix (found in the bagged salad section of the grocery store) in a medium bowl. Add crushed pineapple. Drizzle with dressing. Stir until combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour (more is better)!
  3. Serve slaw on the side with the pork. Or add it on top of your sandwich!
**I found the liquid smoke in the grocery store aisle next to the bbq sauces**

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Grab your slow cooker and make some of this smoky Kalua Pork! Tender and juicy, it's so versatile...sandwich, pizza, and more!

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19 comments on “Kalua Pork”

  1. Love the idea of getting that smoky flavor in the slow cooker — so smart! And thanks for the rec on the Ninja — I’ve been wondering about that one. 

  2. I can’t wait to try your trick for smokey flavor in the slow cooker! and I love Kalua-Pork.

  3. I love using liquid smoke in my slow cooker! It adds the best flavor to meat. Pinning this for later!

  4. This looks so good, I love that you used liquid smoke in here! 🙂

  5. Now I want to go back to Hawaii! I made the mistake of adding TBSPs of regular table salt to my crockpot Kalua Pork before, and it was way too salty! I will never do that again. Oh, and if you ever dig a hole in your backyard to make a real Kalua Pork, let me know because I’m inviting myself over. I’ll bring the Haupia. 😉

  6. This looks fantastic! I love Hawaii…the first time we went my husband said never again on the plane over because the ride was so long. But he loved it so much we have been there 3 times now. LOL I’m trying this…if I can’t be there, it’s the next best thing! Can’t wait to try it! 

  7. Awww you so miss Hawaii huh? I’ve wanted to try out liquid smoke, but have been scared. Glad you used it before me. Now I know its gonna be good. Delicious recipe too! 🙂 

  8. I’ve never had kahlua pork before but man does it look good! I love the idea of serving it alongside this tangy slaw! 

  9. Ok, so I had a funny mental image of you digging a hole in your backyard. LOL!  I never thought about adding liquid smoke to crockpot meat…that’s awesome!  And that slaw looks and sounds amazing too!  

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  11. I’ve been making this for years! The pork comes out perfect every time!

    🙂

  12. YUUUUUUM, I love making Kalua pork, it’s so dang easy! I love how you paired it with slaw though, I normally pair mine with a pasta salad type recipe. But still, this looks amazing!

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