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Kalua Pork (Instant Pot & Slow Cooker)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: best kalua pork recipe, easy kalau pork recipe, instant pot kalua pork, kalua pork, slow cooker kalua pork
Servings: 8


  • Instant Pot or Slow Cooker


  • 3½ - 4 lbs bone-in boston butt pork
  • 1 tbsp himalayan or hawaiian salt
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke


  • Clean and pat the boston butt dry with paper towel.
  • Rub salt all over the pork.
  • Pour the liquid smoke over the pork and massage/rub it into the meat.
  • Instant Pot - pressure cook on high for 2 hours with a natural release (approx. 45-55 min). Note: test the meat for tenderness by stabing center with a fork. If the fork does not easily pierce through the meat, place lid back on and pressure cook for an additional 15 minutes with a natural release. 
    Slow Cooker -  cook on low for 12-14 hours or until the meat is tender. This recipe is low and slow to yield a very tender spreadable meat.
  • Remove the pork and place on a serving tray or in a bowl. Using tongs or 2 forks shred the meat. Optional: season with salt.

Serve with fresh pineapple and rice. Enjoy!