Grab your slow cooker and make some Hawaiian Style Kalua Pork for dinner. The bold, smoky flavor paired with my broccoli slaw is a match made in paradise!
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).
What is Kalua Pork?
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.
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 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?
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 Hawaiian Pizza!
You could totally opt for a classic Coleslaw recipe, however, the fresh citrus of this broccoli slaw takes you to a tropical location!
And unlike broccoli salad, today’s slaw recipe is shredded and tangy!
As for the bbq sauce, this one is your call.
I like to choose ones that are sweet and have a 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.
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