Kalua Pork
By :Paleo On the Go
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Kalua Pork has been around for a long time, most often with just a few ingredients. Many of the modern recipes call for liquid smoke, but we have replace that with smoked sea salt to add a smokey flavor to the dish. The dish comes from Hawaii where traditionally a whole pig is cooked outdoors in a pit. We opted for the trusty Instant Pot! It cooks the pork tender and shreddable in just 90 minutes, and the cabbage in just 3 minutes! I love it just with the cooked cabbage, but you can serve over cauliflower rice then ladle some of the juices from inside the Instant Pot, yum!
Votes: 7
Rating: 4.43
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Course Main Course
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat, Seven Ingredients or Less
Duration 1-2 hours
Diet Paleo
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 93 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds pork butt (bone removed and cut into large chunks)
  • 1 tbsp smoked sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 1
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 small cabbage sliced
Course Main Course
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat, Seven Ingredients or Less
Duration 1-2 hours
Diet Paleo
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 93 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds pork butt (bone removed and cut into large chunks)
  • 1 tbsp smoked sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 1
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 small cabbage sliced
Votes: 7
Rating: 4.43
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Remove the bone from pork butt/shoulder and cut pork into large chunks.
  2. Sprinkle smoked salt and garlic powder over the pork and rub in to thoroughly coat.
  3. Place pork into the Instant Pot liner and add water.
  4. Secure the lid, select Manual and adjust time to 90 minutes.
  5. When Instant Pot beeps, push the cancel/keep warm button and allow pressure to release naturally.
  6. When the pressure is released move the pork to a bowl.
  7. Cover to keep warm.
  8. Add the sliced cabbage to the juices in the Instant Pot, stir to coat.
  9. Select Manual and adjust time to 3 minutes.
  10. When the pot beeps, release the pressure manually.
  11. Now that the pork has cooled a little, remove and pieces of fat, leaving only the meat. Shred the meat.
  12. Add the cabbage to the pork and stir to combine.
  13. Serve with cauliflower rice.
8 replies
  1. Sophia-Matt
    Sophia-Matt says:

    Made this dish, i had a few changes. I used liquid smoke and hawaiian salt. It was great. The timing was perfect meat shredded very eady.

  2. Maultasche
    Maultasche says:

    One of my InstantPot favorites – so easy and delish! I also add some liquid smoke.

  3. Littlfox
    Littlfox says:

    Also, Kalua pig is traditionally wrapped in banana leaves before they place it in the pit. So, one little extra ingredient helps to bring a little more distinctive Hawaiian flavor- a very ripe banana. Slice it down the middle from top to bottom and lay it on top of your pork- the peal and all. It’ll add a little more yumminess to the dish 🙂

  4. Season C
    Season C says:

    Dee-licious! And not too salty.
    My chunks of pork must have been smaller, as it took only 65 minutes to cook.
    Used liquid smoke instead of smoked salt.

  5. Season C
    Season C says:

    Cooked meat for 60 minutes. Cabbage was overdone at 3 minutes. The pot liquor was delicious!
    I have seasoned it like porkaletta recipe, and that turned out really well too.
    My sealing ring will never be the same, though. :/

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