Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Recipe
In the mood to add some island flair to your table? This slow cooker Kalua Pork (often called Kalua Pig) recipe is a local favorite, is so incredibly easy, and turns out delicious every time. We make a big batch of it and use it as a main course, in tacos, nachos, sandwiches, on pizza and more. Better yet, if you don't use it all, you can freeze it for future meals.
Typically Kalua Pig recipes call for liquid smoke. Instead of using liquid smoke, our recipe uses our Kiawe Smoked Kona Sea Salt. Our smoked salt is made of pure flake salt which is slowly cold smoked over kiawe, a Hawaiian mesquite, achieving an intense smokey taste with no added artificial flavors or colors.
- 4-6 lb pork shoulder or butt
- 2-3 tsp Kiawe Smoked Kona Sea Salt, plus more to taste
- Wash and pat dry pork roast
- Place roast in slow cooker. Note: we lined our slow cooker with ti leaves because we live in Hawaii and ti leaves are readily available. This is completely optional and will not hinder your recipe if you don't have ti leaves, so don't fret!
- Sprinkle smoked salt over pork roast
- Cover the slow cooker and set to cook for 10 hours on low heat. Note: if you are using the slow cooker feature on an Instant Pot, we use the "normal" temperature setting.
- At hour 8, check your roast to see if it falls apart when scraped with a fork. If it easily falls apart, your roast is done. If it does not, cover and cook an additional 2 hours. Once the pork easily shreds with a fork, it is done cooking.
- When done cooking, use 2 forks to shred the entire roast in the slow cooker with the existing drippings.
- After you are finished shredding, taste and add additional Kiawe Smoked Kona Sea Salt if desired to your taste.
Now, enjoy as a delicious main course, in your favorite taco recipe, or in anything you want to add some island flair to. We love to enjoy this dish with a side of white rice and cabbage!
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