Kalua Pork

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours


18 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Planning a luau-themed party? This Kalua pork is the perfect main dish for your get-together. It will feed a crowd, it's easy to prepare, and everyone loves it. Cleanup is a breeze, too! A Hawaiian friend shared this recipe with me while I was stationed in Pearl Harbor several years ago. —Becky Friedman, Hammond, Louisiana


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


  1. Pierce pork with a fork; rub with liquid smoke and salt. Place pork in a 6-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low, 8-10 hours or until pork is tender.
  2. 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. Serve with rice if desired.

Can you freeze Kalua Pork?

Freeze the cooled shredded pork 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.