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I wondered if kalua pig could be done in a fraction of the time using the Instant Pot® instead of a slow cooker, and what do you know? It yields succulent, fall-apart, flavorful meat every single time, with almost zero effort. Even with a drier cut like pork loin, which my family prefers as a lower-fat option, it comes out great. This is maybe the simplest recipe I've ever made, and the family raves continuously. Thanks again to Kikukat for the basic idea. Serve with traditional Hawaiian sides or your favorite barbecue sauce.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 10 mins
15 mins
2 hrs 45 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Set roast in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Rub liberally with Hawaiian sea salt and pierce the meat all over with a large fork or narrow knife. Drizzle with liquid smoke. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 120 minutes. Allow 15 to 30 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 15 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Transfer roast to a plate.

  • Separate the fat off the meat (if you like) and shred the meat lightly into a serving bowl with 2 forks.

  • Remove the fat from the cooking liquid with a fat separator and drizzle the strained liquid over the meat.

Cook's Note:

You can use a pork loin roast or pork shoulder for this recipe with a weight between 4 and 6 lbs.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; protein 21.9g; fat 8.4g; cholesterol 66.1mg; sodium 901.2mg. Full Nutrition