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, like this Slow Cooker Kalua Pork.
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 slow cooker. 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.
We love to pair this Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Spam Musubi, Hawaiian style macaroni, and Hawaiian sweet rolls. I also like to include Honey Lime Fruit Salad for a complete meal. This can make up a lot of pork so I’ve used the leftovers like I do with the Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Pork to make Easy Baked Chimichangas.
- 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.