Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker Recipe
Slow-cooker pork butt roast with delicious smoky taste.
Simmer a pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker for 10 hours with a ginger-spiked sauce for tender and tasty shredded Hawaiian-style pork.
This simple slow cooker recipe for pork shoulder delivers delicious results.
Fire up the tiki torches -- it's time for a luau! This delicious slow-roasted pork is rubbed with sea salt and liquid smoke to recall the glorious flavors of pig cooked in a traditional Hawaiian imu. Once cooked and cooled, it can be shredded and served with poi, yams or even on a bun. You may use ordinary sea salt for this recipe if the Hawaiian variety is unavailable.
Delicious! I made this with a 3 pound roast and halved the other ingredients. I used the hawaiian red clay sea salt, which has a great smoky flavor. After 10 hours in the crock pot, the roast was tender enough to shred. After I shredded it, I placed two whole, unpeeled bananas on top of the pork (no stirring!) and let it cook for another couple of hours in the crock pot. I then discarded the bananas. I did this after reading that traditional kalua pig is made by wrapping the roast in banana leaves, which I couldn't find anywhere. My husband and I loved the slightly sweet flavor the bananas gave the pork, and will definitely do it the same way next time. We served this on hawaiian sweet bread. We're hosting a luau in a few weeks, and will make it exactly the same way! Thanks for the great recipe.
Simply delicious, moist, and tasty given so few ingredients. We lived in Hawaii and enjoyed so much of the delicious local fare and truly this recipe is nearly exactly as I remember Kalua Pig. This recipe is meant to be very tasty with a smoky flavor. I used Alea Hawaiian sea salt and the liquid smoke exactly as stated in the recipe. My pork was done in the crock pot on low at 10 hours. I easily shredded the pork with a fork and poured the drippings over the finished product. Just yummy! Even my five year old boys loved this! I will be serving this with the Chicken Long Rice and Chocolate Haupia Pie recipes featured on this site. If only I had Lomilomi salmon and pipikaula! Mahalo for posting this wonderful recipe!! I will definitely be making this one again!
THIS WAS INCREDIBLE!!! If I could give 10 stars I would!! Thanks to margarita4, I found the sea salt(Ming Tsai brand blue ginger at Target.) At first I was looking for something in a papper package like most salts are in and for something white. But it's in a tiny glass jar and the salt is a pinky salmon color(4-oz. $3.99) I had a 7 lb. bone in pork butt. It barely fit in my crock pot, but I managed! I started it at midnight, flipped it over at 8:30 in morning and let it cook until 4:30. Added 2 tsp. additional liquid smoke. It was done before that, but I kept it going like recipe said and there was hardly any fat in this. Hard to believe only 3 ingredients could taste so good! My sister in law lived in Hawaii for 3 yrs. and said it was just like what they had there. I love pork and have had it many ways, this ranks right up there with pig roasts, it is my favorite so far. I had 8 guests and they were all ewing and awing over this. It was fabulous and will make this often. Thanks Kay for sharing this, I'm so
Wife and I just made this last night in our slow cooker. We bought a 6lb pork shoulder for this. Don't have Hawaiian sea salt in our local stores (looked in asian and non-asian). We substituted Himalayan Pink salt instead. Had a hard time finding liquid smoke as well, Googled a substitute and found some smoked paprika. Cooked in slow cooker for 9 hours and we wrapped our in banana leaf. Didn't turn the roast over due to the banana leaf would have torn. We did add about 3-4 ounces of water..since we were uncertain if the banana leaf would burn in the slow cooker. We found it okay..not super special or outstanding. We have not tried traditional kalua pork, so we don't have a means of comparison or reference. The side of the meat that was in contact with the liquid was easier to shred than the side that wasn't (of course). The smoked paprika flavor did come through as did the infused flavor of the banana leaf. After shredding with 2 forks, i put all back in the slow cooker with the juices (removed th