Slow Cooker Kalua Pork
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Instant Pot/ Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Easily recreate the traditional Hawaiian Kalua Pork without digging a pit in your backyard with this Slow Cooker recipe!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Jade Jones


  • 3 lb pork butt or shoulder roast
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 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.

For the instant pot

  • Cut the pork shoulder into 2-3 inch chunks.  Place in the instant pot.
  • Mix the sea salt and liquid smoke in a small bowl and rub all over the pork.
  • Add 1 cup water to the instant pot.  Replace lid and turn valve to sealing.
  • Cook on manual high pressure for 45 minutes.  When instant pot is done cooking manually relieve the pressure by turning the sealing valve to venting.
  • Add shredded cabbage to instant pot.  Replace lid and turn valve to sealing.  Cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes. 
  • When done, move valve to venting. Stir to combine the cabbage with the meat.


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 300mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg