Homestyle Kalua Pork with Cabbage in a Slow Cooker


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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
10 hrs 40 mins
10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 (5 pound) bone-in pork shoulder roast

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • ½ large head cabbage, shredded


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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 (per serving)

502 Calories
41g Fat
5g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 502
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 3899mg 170%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 23mg 116%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 617mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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