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This Slow Cooked Kalua Pork is a classic Hawaiian favorite made easily in your slow cooker with just a few ingredients. It’s succulent and smokey flavor will keep you coming back for more!
If you’ve ever visited Hawaii, you’ve probably tried Kalua Pig (Pork). It’s on almost every menu. At counter service restaurants and food trucks you can get Kalua Pork as part of the Plate Lunch with two scoops of rice and Hawaiian Macaroni Salad.
But what exactly is it? At luaus and family gatherings in Hawaii, it’s quite popular to roast an entire pig in the ground. Yes you read that right. A entire pig. A hole is dug and the pig is rubbed all over with Hawaiian Sea Salt, placed in the hole and covered with leaves or branches, like banana leaves that are lit on fire and then covered with dirt. The pig cooks in the ground for most of the day – at least 6-8 hours. The result is the most succulent and smokey meat.
Of course you probably aren’t going to dig a hole in your own backyard to roast your own pig. All you need is a slow cooker, some sea salt (or kosher salt if that’s what you’ve got) and some Liquid Smoke. I use bone-in pork shoulder because I think you get even more flavor with the bone, but you could just as easily use boneless. The shoulder is a fatty meat, which adds to the flavor, but I think you could even use a pork loin. In the slow cooker, it’s going to get tender and juicy no matter what cut you use.
Just rub salt and Liquid Smoke all over the meat. Then cover it and cook on low for 12 hours. Period. The end. That’s really all there is to it! Kalua Pork is excellent on it’s own, but we also like to stuff it inside a Hawaiian Roll or in a taco. Enjoy!
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