Easily recreate the traditional Hawaiian Kalua Pork without digging a pit in your backyard with this Slow Cooker recipe!
I want my children to be well acquainted with their heritage. I’m so proud of all of the different countries that my ancestors hail from. A big part of every culture is the food. So I try to make all different kinds of food so my kids can have something to identify with.
Kalua pork is one of the most well-known staples of Hawaiian cuisine, other than Spam (oh spam, how I love thee!). And I love that I can make it at home in the crock pot. It would be a lot cooler if I could cook it like my ancestors did but that’s a bit hard in the middle of California. Yeah, this will have to do for now and perhaps someday we will make it the traditional way.
- 3 lb pork butt or shoulder roast
- 1 Tbsp sea salt or kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
- ½ small head of cabbage, shredded
- Place pork in slow cooker.
- Mix sea salt and liquid smoke in a small bowl. Rub mixture all over pork.
- Cook on low for at least 10-12 hours. Shred the pork using two forks.
- Add shredded cabbage and toss with meat. Cook for an additional 25-30 minutes tossing about every 5 minutes until cabbage has cooked down.