Kalua Pork (does NOT have Kahlua liquor…gross)

Natalie Zaranti


Whenever I tell people that I'm making Kalua Pork they wrinkle up their nose and say gross, like the coffee liquor??? NO!!!! Like the pork you have at a Hawaiian luau but in a crockpot instead of buried in the ground. LOL


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5 Min
20 Hr


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6-8 lb
pork butt/shoulder
2 Tbsp
hawaiian sea salt or other coarse crystalline sea salt
1-2 Tbsp
liquid smoke

How to Make Kalua Pork (does NOT have Kahlua liquor…gross)


  • 1Pierce pork all over with carving fork. Don't use a regular fork because it won't go in far enough.
  • 2Rub pork all over with salt and then the liquid smoke.
  • 3Place pork into a large dry crock pot. (You don't need to add any liquid to the pot because the pork will create it's own juices.)
    Cook on low for 16-20 hrs turning once halfway through.
    ***Every crock pot is a little different so that's why the cooking time varies.
  • 4After the pork is done cooking it should fall right off the bone or fall apart if you're using a boneless roast.
    Remove meat from crockpot and shred. Pour the liquid out of the crock pot and reserve in a saucepan.
  • 5Add shredded pork back into crop pot and turn dial to "keep warm"
    Add reserved juices to moisten the shredded meat. This can be done periodically if you're serving buffet style.
  • 6Serve with Kings Hawaiian rolls or any kind of roll you like. My friends like to add BBQ sauce to theirs but I prefer it just the way it is.

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About Kalua Pork (does NOT have Kahlua liquor…gross)

Course/Dish: Pork
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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