Kalua Pork Slow Cooker Recipe With Three Ingredients

Kalua Pork Slow Cooked will be one of the simplest recipes you’ll make, and most requested recipes when I make this dish for a crowd!

Kalua Pork shredded in a silver serving plate

Kalua Pork

Today I’m reposting a recipe I made in 2012.  I’ve updated the photos.

Hawaii is a special place for my family.

Alan and I fell in love during a senior graduation trip to Waikiki.

Our first child was born at the pink hospital (Tripler Army Medical Center), and we had two military tours on Oahu giving us eight years of kamaʻaina (local) status.

When our Silver Anniversary neared we were naturally inclined to visit paradise again, but decided to tour one the islands we never visited, Lanai!

Kalua Pork Slow Cooked in a serving dish

Kalua Pork Slow Cooker method replicates the traditional Hawaiian-style!

Although I felt a little guilty that we left our son behind (and daughter, but she’s in college and doesn’t live with us full-time), it quickly dissipated – lol

The reason I didn’t feel so guilty? I loaded up our son with a staple in the Hawaiian diet, Kalua pig.

The traditional way to cook kalua pork is to dig a hole in the ground, line it with rocks and add fire forming an oven.  

Then you would add the meat and cook it ALL DAY LONG.  

Making this kalua pork made in a crock pot is MUCH simpler than the fire-pit underground oven!

Sam would have survived just fine with his bagel, cream cheese, flaming’ hot Cheetos sandwiches, I’m certain.

Kalua pork shredded in a white slow cooker ready to be eaten

Ingredients For Kalua Pork Slow Cooker Method

Three simple ingredients is all you need;

  • Pork butt or shoulder
  • Sea salt
  • Liquid smoke

That’s it!!

Kalua Pork Slow Cooked made with three simple ingredients

What’s The Difference Between Pork Shoulder and Pork Butt?

Both cuts of meat come from the shoulder portion of the pig. The only difference is the section of the meat is from. Cook’s Illustrated displays a photo perfectly!

Cook's Illustrated Pork shoulder and butt photo

Photo source: Cook’s Illustrated

Kalua Pork Slow Cooked in a serving tray

What to Serve with Kalua Pork

This is a great dish for a crowd. I like to serve it with Hawaiian sweet bread rolls like a sandwich.

Some of my other favorite side dishes are Hawaiian style macaroni lightened up, sticky rice or shrimp and pineapple fried rice.

Kalua pork Hawaiin slider with coleslaw

We spent a relaxing week lounging on the beach, hiking, exploring, eating local foods, and drinking a few mai tai cocktails.

Somehow they tasted so much better with a beautiful sunset in our view!

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Kalua Pork shredded in a silver serving plate

Kalua Pork Slow Cooker Method

Tender kalua pork made with three ingredients. Serve on sandwich rolls or top on rice. This slow cooker method replicates the traditional Hawaiian underground cooking style.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot, pork, slow cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 732kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 4-6 pound pork butt roast also called pork shoulder
  • 2 teaspoons Hawaiian salt or sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid smoke


  • Put meat in the slow cooker. Score meat and rub salt on the meat, then add the liquid smoke.
  • Cook on low for about 10-12 hours (your slow cooker may only take 7-8 hours). Turn the meat once. The meat will easily fall apart when it is done. Shred with a fork


Serving: 1g | Calories: 732kcal | Protein: 63g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 234mg | Sodium: 608mg


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  1. My niece (who is just a year younger than I am and like my sister) has an obsession with kalua pork from a place in Hawaii…. I made this special for her and her husband for a celebration last week and it made her so happy….. She said it was even better than what she had over there… Id say thats a winning review!

  2. I love kaula pork! It’s always so tasty and crowd pleasing. Love that you made it in the slow cooker. I can just let the crock pot do all the work! Yes!!!

  3. What a lovely anniversary. The pork sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  4. You know, I have never tried making Kahlua pork before. Yours looks so good. I am going to book mark this for a future dish to make. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.
    Your co host from Nosh My Way.

  5. Oh such wonderful memories! The kalua pork will just have to be a substitute (a delicious one!) for those beautiful sunsets…