Inspired by the luaus in Hawaii, I set out to make an easy, tasty slow-cooker version of kalua pork. The meat is fall-off-the-bone yummy. This recipe is not overly smoky, but you may add more smoke if you like. Serve with rice, buns, or poi.

Mei

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 hrs 30 mins
total:
10 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix kosher salt, black pepper, and ground ginger in a bowl; rub evenly into surface of pork roast; place seasoned roast in a slow cooker.

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  • Stir soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke together in a bowl; pour over the pork roast.

  • Cook on Low 10 hours. Add cabbage to the pork and sauce in the slow cooker; cook another 30 minutes. Shred pork to serve.

Nutrition Facts

502 calories; protein 30.2g 60% DV; carbohydrates 4.8g 2% DV; fat 40.6g 62% DV; cholesterol 129.8mg 43% DV; sodium 3899.2mg 156% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2012
Having been to a couple of luaus now this effectively recreates the taste as well as you can without burying a pig in your back yard. We used a low sodium soy sauce which was fine as their is more than enough salt in the recipe. We cooked a 4 lb butt in the slow cooker for about 8 hours steaming with the cabbage for the last 30 minutes. The result was great. I served it with Guam styled fried rice so it was a real gut buster feast. While buns or rolls are somewhat traditional as a low glutein household we don't feel they are required. in fact the first time I served this with hot dog buns the bread was ignored entirely as everyone was perfectly full with pork cabbage rice and vegetables. while not anyone's idea of a health nut dinner this is certainly a good option if you want a breadless meal. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2016
The tenderness was great and the flavor profile was good but severely lacking in volume. I would at least double all the ingredients. I also would leave out the cabbage. Read More
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146 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 107
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2012
Having been to a couple of luaus now this effectively recreates the taste as well as you can without burying a pig in your back yard. We used a low sodium soy sauce which was fine as their is more than enough salt in the recipe. We cooked a 4 lb butt in the slow cooker for about 8 hours steaming with the cabbage for the last 30 minutes. The result was great. I served it with Guam styled fried rice so it was a real gut buster feast. While buns or rolls are somewhat traditional as a low glutein household we don't feel they are required. in fact the first time I served this with hot dog buns the bread was ignored entirely as everyone was perfectly full with pork cabbage rice and vegetables. while not anyone's idea of a health nut dinner this is certainly a good option if you want a breadless meal. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/02/2012
This was pretty good. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used low sodium soy sauce and a bag of shredded red cabbage. I also added ~1/2 cup of water to the crock pot. It was a bit salty, so next time I will cut back on the kosher salt, and increase the pepper, ginger and liquid smoke. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2012
I followed the recipe, but added 1/2-1 cup of chicken broth and discovered that was totally unnecessary as it was a little soupy. It was still delicious, but I, too, would cut the salt down a little next time (I also used low sodium soy sauce). The next night I reheated some (it makes A LOT!) of the meat in a pan so it got a little crispy and made burritos. Super yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2014
Excellent Kalua Pork. Thanks for the recipe Mei. I chose this recipe over others because it called for ginger worcestershire and some soy sauce vs. just salt and liquid smoke which I feel flavored the roast much better. I also used medium grain Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt. If you do use a granule salt like I did whether it be Kosher or Hawaiian assure that you first crush it with a mortar and pestle and cut the salt back if you don't like your meat very salty. I also served the pork over a bed of the steamed cabbage leaves just as it was served to us at "Feast at Lele" Luau in Maui last month. I would recommend this for two reasons. First this is a lot of pork and since there were lots of left over s I wanted my cabbage steamed fresh when eating it again not soggy as it would be when you reheat it with the cabbage mixed in. Second I also added Mexican spices (Chili powder cumin garlic powder onion powder cayenne pepper. etc..) and made some delicious shredded pork tacos for lunch one day. I will be making this recipe again many times in the future. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2013
Omit the salt!! Double the rest of the ingredients (except the pepper) and it is smokey and savory. A nice alternative to BBQ! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2013
When we got back from Maui I wanted to make some authentic Hawaiian food and found this recipe. All I can say is "Yummy!" It was like bringing a little bit of paradise home with us! My son's wedding is Hawaiian themed and he and his fiance' asked me to cook up a huge bunch of Kalua pork for the reception. I've done two crock pots worth so far and need to do one more. this is great served on rolls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2014
**EDIT** I have to take back everything I said about this dish!! We had this as leftovers a day later and it was completely different after 24 hours. You could taste the ginger (athough I still think it needs a touch more than what's called for,) and the 1-1/2 tbsp of salt was perfect after I shredded the meat. I served it as mini-sliders on Hawaiian rolls, with a touch of hickory smoke BBQ sauce, the cabbage, and a slice of swiss cheese... Delicious Hawaiian goodness! Amazing after cooling down and sitting in the fridge for a few hours. Can you tell I loved this?? :) **EDIT** Having lived in Memphis, Tn for the last 30 years and eating pork shoulder at seemingly almost every gathering, work luncheon, etc., I was excited about making this and was hoping for more of a Hawaiian flare, but that was not the case. You can't really taste the ginger at all but you can definitely taste the salt which I cut down to 1 and 1/2 tablespoons . The salt should probably be cut down to 1 tablespoon and the amount of ginger should be increased. The roast did cook beautifully in the crock pot (and once I shredded it the salty taste subsided quite a bit.) The best part of the dish for me was the cabbage which I shredded and just threw on top of the roast for the last hour of cooking. The cabbage soaked up the flavor of the roast quite well. I spooned it out before shredding the roast and saved it in a separate container to stay crisp. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2013
Loved this! My boyfriend who grew up on Oahu could not stop raving about how amazing this was! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2013
Tried this exactly as stated in the recipe. It was wonderful. Reminded us so much of what we used to eat when we lived in Hawaii. It was a little salty but that's how I remember it. We served it with white sticky rice. The family wants it again.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2016
The tenderness was great and the flavor profile was good but severely lacking in volume. I would at least double all the ingredients. I also would leave out the cabbage. Read More
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