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Kalua Pork

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours


18 servings

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
Kalua Pork Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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. If desired, serve with rice. Freeze option: Freeze cooled shredded meat 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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