Slow Cooker Kalua Pork & Cabbage Recipe
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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork & Cabbage Recipe

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My slow cooker pork has four ingredients and less than 10 minutes of prep. The result tastes just like the Kalua pork slow-roasted all day in an underground oven. —Rholinelle DeTorres, San Jose, CA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 7 bacon strips, divided
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds), well trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 medium head cabbage (about 2 pounds), coarsely chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 227 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. Line bottom of a 6-qt. slow cooker with four bacon strips. Sprinkle all sides of roast with salt; place in slow cooker. Arrange remaining bacon over top of roast.
  2. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until pork is tender. Add cabbage, spreading cabbage around roast. Cook, covered, 1 to 1-1/4 hours longer or until cabbage is tender.
  3. Remove pork to a serving bowl; shred pork with two forks. Using a slotted spoon, add cabbage to pork and toss to combine. If desired, skim fat from some of the cooking juices; stir juices into pork mixture or serve on the side. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Kalua Pork & Cabbage in Taste of Home September/October 2015, p64

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NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 240661
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Not having ever tried anything similar, I didn't have any preconceptions of what it would taste like. It was different from my usual pulled-pork recipes, but in a good way. We used pre-cooked strips of bacon, which still gave enough bacon flavor to the dish."

ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 236766
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"I loved this recipe. I had a lot of leftovers so one night I added BBQ sauce for pulled pork subs and another night I added Mexican spices to the recipe and made enchiladas (you'd never know cabbage was mixed in!). The only down side to the recipe was the smell as my house smelled like cabbage for a day or so afterwards."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 232898
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"This was a very different recipe. My husband really enjoyed it but I didn't care so much for the cabbage. If I ever make it again I might use sauerkraut instead of cabbage."

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