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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 10 1x


You won’t believe how easy this Hawaiian style Slow Cooker Kalua Pork is. Just 5 ingredients for this tender, smoky pulled pork. Ideal for meal prep and parties. 


  • 4 lbs boneless pork shoulder/butt
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt or rock salt (not table salt)*
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Thoroughly dry pork with paper towels. Use a sharp, small knife to pierce pork all over (about 1/4″ deep slits throughout entire pork.) Place pork in slow cooker.
  2. Rub salt all over pork. Rub liquid smoke all over pork, using all the liquid smoke. Sprinkle on the garlic powder and black pepper. Cover and cook on low for 12 hours, turning roast over once midway through cooking.
  3. Using forks, shred pork in slow cooker. Add 1 cup water to pork and all its drippings (do not skim the drippings.) Cook on low 1-2 more hours.
  4. Serve warm over freshly cooked rice. 


Traditionally, kalua pork is slightly saltier than typical roasts, as it’s meant to be eaten with plain white rice. If your pork was pre-injected with a tenderizing salt solution, or if you’re watching sodium intake, decrease salt to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Be sure to use coarse grained salt and not table salt. 

Hawaiian Mac Salad is a popular side dish to serve with this recipe. See original article for additional serving suggestions. 

  • Category: main dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: hawaiian

Keywords: Hawaiian Pulled Pork, Kalua Pork, Pulled Pork