Garlic Pulled Pork

This garlic pulled pork is my spin on kalua pork...enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
16 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
16 hrs 25 mins
14 servings


  • 6 pounds bone-in pork butt

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon liquid mesquite smoke flavoring (such as Wright's®)

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 medium head green cabbage

  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced (such as Vidalia®)

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon chicken soup base (such as Better than Bouillon®)


  1. Remove bone from pork butt. Combine garlic, liquid smoke, salt, and black pepper in a bowl and rub into pork.

  2. Cover the bottom of a slow cooker with green cabbage leaves. Place 1 layer of onion slices on top. Add pork.

  3. Combine water and chicken base in a microwave-safe measuring cup and microwave on high until dissolved, about 45 seconds. Pour over pork. Break up remaining onion slices and place on top. Cover with another layer of cabbage leaves. Cover the lid.

  4. Cook on Low for 8 hours. Turn pork over and, if needed, remove any excess liquid to leave the top 2 inches uncovered. Cover and continue to cook until fork-tender, about 8 hours more.

  5. Transfer pork to a large bowl and shred with 2 forks, adding juices from the slow cooker to moisten. Serve alone or over the cabbage mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
19g Fat
5g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 503mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 407mg 9%

* 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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