{Recipe} Kalua Pork

This recipe was a Whole30 favorite. 

When I first had my second daughter, I thought having two under two wasn’t all that difficult. And then people stopped visiting as often (read – the food gifts stopped) and my husband went back to work, and I realized that I had to take care of these two little girls, both of whom were still entirely dependent on me, and still somehow get food on the table. O.O


At this point, the slow cooker became my best friend. I could throw stuff in there whenever I found a spare minute and know that a good meal would be ready without anymore work from me. This Kalua Pork was an instant favorite. Because of the long cook time, I would throw it in the crock pot before bed and wake up to the house smelling amazing.


This recipe is so simple and yet so reminiscent of the pork cooked all day in an imu due to the smoked sea salt.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

One of the best things about this recipe is that the final product is so adaptable. Eat it with cabbage a la the usual Kalua Pork + Cabbage, stuff it into tacos or burritos, top some eggs or a salad, mix it with BBQ sauce to make pulled pork, whatever your heart desires!

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Kalua Pig
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Recipe type: slow cooker, easy
Cuisine: hawaiian, paleo, gluten free, grain free
  • 3-4 lb pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 1 tbs Salish sea salt
  • 4-6 slices bacon
  1. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with bacon (I used 4 slices)
  2. Rub salt all over pork shoulder and place over bacon skin side up. If your pork shoulder does not have skin, feel free to cover the pork with the remaining bacon slices. If it does have skin, the extra bacon isn't necessary, but I'm not going to stop you if you want to add them anyway.
  3. Cook on low for 9-12 hours or until the pork shreds easily with a fork.
  4. When the pork is done, remove and shred in a separate container, taste and add cooking liquid to season.
- If you don't have Salish salt, try substituting with 1 tbs regular sea salt and smoked bacon.

- If you're cooking this while doing a Whole30 and can't find compliant bacon (that darn sugar is in everything!), it can be left out and it will still taste good. It definitely does add to the dish, though.

- I find that my slow cooker cooks more quickly than common recommended cooking times. I normally take the shortest recommended cook time and reduce it by one hour. In my cooker, the pork was pull-apart tender after 9 hours. Feel free to adjust the cook time to suit your slow cooker.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4-6


Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo

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  1. Definitely going to try this!!

  2. Pinned it! Thank you!! Can’t wait to try it.


  3. I love how easy this looks! Thanks!

  4. Angelic Sinova

    This looks so yummy! Bookmarking this recipe for later <3

  5. My best friend is a native Hawaiian and always used to make this when we were roommates. So yummy!

    • It’s definitely a favorite around here. This and Loco Moco are common meals. The hubs loves Hawaiian drive-in style food. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love slow cooker recipes! I can’t wait to try this one out.

  7. Love the slower cooker, my mum does some wonderful recipes with it. This recipe looks amazingly good

    • I’d love to see some of these wonderful recipes! I’m always looking to add new things to my arsenal.

  8. I love Kahlua pork but have only eaten it in Hawaii. Well that is just dumb. Thank you for sharing the recipe because that is the absolute next thing I am making in my crock pot!

  9. Yum! I have been loving trying new slow cooker recipes lately. The other day I tried making pulled pork and it turned out great. I can’t wait to try this recipe, too.

    • Some of the best pulled pork I’ve had has been from a slow cooker, which is sort of surprising, sort of not. I hope you love this one, too.

  10. My husband would love this!!!! ^_^

  11. This looks amazing and a must try…

  12. Can you come on over to my house tonight and make this? Ohhh buddy. Mouth watering goodness.

  13. I wouldn’t eat this but that broccoli look good 🙂

    • Haha, Lindsay! Thanks for taking the time to comment. My vegan friends normally wouldn’t even glance at these pics. And the broccoli was good! 😉

  14. That looks so yummy!! I could totally eat the Kalua Pork right now.

  15. My boyfriend would love this!

  16. We are so busy with our 4 boys, homework, and their after school activities/sports that the slow cooker is my best friend! I can’t wait to try this, it looks amazing!

  17. Yum! I’ve been wanting to make something in my slow cooker, will have to try this out, it looks fantastic!

  18. I need to take more advantage of my slow cooker! This look delicious!

    • Yes, you do! 😉 Seriously, it’s perfect slow cooker weather. Bust that thing out, girl!

  19. This pork looks absolutely incredible and deliciously succulent! I adore meats cooked like this and I can imagine that the slow cooker takes out a lot of effort in the process which is a huge bonus!

    Katie <3

  20. Hubby would love this! I’m not a big fan of pork but he is. I’ll have to share this recipe with him. Thank you!

  21. Wow! This looks incredibly delicious!

  22. Pinned It! I really need to try this recipe!

  23. I am absolutely trying this one! It looks simple and delicious!

  24. Ooh, I love that this is so simple! Def. pinning for later.

  25. My daughter would love this. She could eat pork everyday I bet.

  26. This looks absolutely fantastic! Pinning for sure!

  27. I love my slow cooker! This pork dish looks delicious. Thanks for a great recipe to try.

  28. Thank you! I am in need of some new slow cooker meals and this looks like something my kids would definitely chow down on.

  29. Yum!!! I love all of the different things that you could use this for too!

    • Yes! It’s very versatile, so I don’t feel bad making a huge batch and eating throughout the week. Each time we eat it, we can do something different with it.

  30. We make this all the time, but we use liquid smoke, I’ve never thought about using smoked sea salt! I’ll have to try that!

    • Funny, I’ve never thought to make it with liquid smoke! I should try it that way sometime. 🙂

  31. I need this in my life.

  32. Oh my goodness that looks wonderful! And I love the fact that it is a slow cooker recipe of course too! I would be a stuff it in tacos person. Or sandwiches! Pinning! Thanks for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays…hope to see you again tonight! 🙂

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