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Get all of the delicious flavor of your favorite Hawaiian pork with this Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Recipe.

Everyone needs a repertoire of quick and easy meals to fix on busy nights.  And slow cooker recipes are my favorite way to get a delicious meal on the table with minimal effort.  This kalua pork recipe is the whole package – quick, easy and delicious.

Kalua Pork is a traditional Hawaiian dish that is usually cooked underground and often served at a luau.  This recipe gives you that delicious Hawaiian pork flavor with the use of your handy slow cooker.

I start by buying the most inexpensive cut of pork I can find.  Pork Carnitas, Pork Shoulder, and Pork Butt are all the same cut, just by a different name.  It is a fattier piece of pork, inexpensive, and prefect for this recipe.

The meat goes in the crock pot with some salt, water, a little soy sauce, brown sugar and liquid smoke.  Then you let it cook for hours!

After your pork is cooked you just shred it up with a fork and serve it over rice.  I also use either some teriyaki sauce or BBQ sauce on top for a little extra flavor but the pork is totally flavorful enough all on its own.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Kalua Pork can be cooked in the oven at 350 for about 5-6 hours, but it is much easier to toss it in your crock pot on high for 6-7 hours or low for 8-10 hours.  Slow cooker kalua pork has all the same flavor, without the inconvenience of using your oven for 6 hours. When the meat is tender just easily shred with a fork and it is ready.

If I’m feeling a little fancy and I need to clean out the refrigerator, I love to serve the kalua pork as a rice bowl.  In addition to rice and pork I add in a bunch of veggies, usually what I have in my refrigerator.  My favorites are carrots, broccoli slaw, red cabbage and zucchini.  A sprinkle of green onion, sesame seeds and a little teriyaki or BBQ sauce and the family is going to go crazy.  It is so good and so pretty!!

Some of my other favorite slow cooker recipes:

Slow Cooker Double Beef Chili

Crock Pot Southwestern Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Carnitas

Some of my favorite kitchen tools I use to make Kalua Pork:

SLOW COOKER – My favorite one is the classic, the Rival CrockPot.  In fact, I love it so much I own three of them. Two 6 qt and one 4 qt.

CROCK POT LINER BAGS – These liner bags are a life saver and make clean up so much easier and faster!  Stock up on them

Did you know I wrote a cookbook?  Check out the Holiday Slow Cooker Cookbook for 100 delicious recipes

Kalua Pork Recipe

4.58 from 7 votes

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Recipe From: Leigh Anne Wilkes
All of the flavor of your favorite Kalua pork, with the simplicity of your crock pot.
serves: 10 people

Ingredients

  • 6 lbs. pork carnitas shoulder or butt roast (you want a cut of meat that has fat on it)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt or Hawaiian Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Liquid Smoke near the BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 C water do not need if using a crockpot

Instructions

  • Place meat in crockpot or pan and sprinkle with salt, patting it into the meat.
  • Combine liquid smoke, brown sugar, soy sauce and water and  pour around pork, don’t wash off the salt.
  • If cooking in the oven cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  • In the oven at 350, cook for about 5-6 hours.
  • In a crock pot on high cook for about 6-7 hours and in a crockpot on low cook for 10-12 hours. Shred with a fork when tender and falling apart. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 359kcal (18%) Protein: 50g (100%) Fat: 15g (23%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Cholesterol: 163mg (54%) Sodium: 646mg (28%) Potassium: 922mg (26%) Calcium: 38mg (4%) Iron: 3.3mg (18%)

* Disclaimer: All nutrition information are estimates only. Read full disclosure here.

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Originally posted April 7, 2011

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