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!
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 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.
Ingredients For Kalua Pork Slow Cooker Method
Three simple ingredients is all you need;
- Pork butt or shoulder
- Sea salt
- Liquid smoke
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!
Photo source: Cook’s Illustrated
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.
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 Slow Cooker Method
- 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
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