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Kalua Pork

Planning a luau-themed party? This Kalua pork is the perfect main dish for your get-together. It's a no-fuss crowd-pleaser meal and it's easy to clean up! A Hawaiian friend shared this recipe with me while I was stationed in Pearl Harbor several years ago. —Becky Friedman, Hammond, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (5 to 6 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt (preferably Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt)
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  • Pierce pork with a fork; rub with liquid smoke and salt. Place pork in a 6-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low until pork is tender, 8-10 hours.
  • Remove roast; shred with 2 forks. Strain cooking juices; skim fat. Return pork to slow cooker. Stir in enough cooking juices to moisten; heat through. If desired, serve with rice. Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture and juices in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked pork: 205 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 504mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 medium-fat meat.

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  • Kathy
    Feb 8, 2021

    I've been making this recipe for several years and we love it. I first had Kalua pork in Hawaii and when I got home I searched for a recipe. I use this to make Kalua pork skillets (I brown hash browns, top with cooked spinach, the Kalua pork and cheese, then I top with a fried or poached egg), tacos Mexican lasagna. It is very versatile.

  • peanutsnona76
    Jan 4, 2021

    @John-"kalua" in this recipe refers to the traditional Hawaiian method of cooking food (often a whole pig) in a pit in the ground for a number of hours. It results are very moist and tender. "Kahlua" is the name of the creamy alcoholic beverage that people use to make some lovely drinks, but is not at all used in this recipe. This is an excellent recipe! Very nice for cold days. We like to serve over rice, or even in crusty rolls with sides like coleslaw or Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Stephen
    Jan 4, 2021

    Hi John - the recipe is correct. Kalua typically means something 'cooked underground', such as a pig at a Hawaiian luau - but in the case of this recipe it's just trying to mimic the flavor of that. There is no Kahlua coffee liqueur that should be in the recipe - but feel free to drink it with the meal!

  • John
    Dec 31, 2020

    Is there a missing ingredient or this is the way it is. I have Kalua to use but I don't think drunken pulled pork is it.