Kalua Pork
By :Barbara Schieving
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Votes: 26
Rating: 4.77
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 pound pork shoulder roast cut in two pieces
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt coarse, or Hawaiian salt
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 pound pork shoulder roast cut in two pieces
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt coarse, or Hawaiian salt
Votes: 26
Rating: 4.77
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Instructions
  1. Press [Sauté] to pre-heat the cooker. When the word “Hot” appears on the display add oil to the cooking pot. Brown each half of the roast separately. Remove to a platter when browned.
  2. Turn pressure cooker off and add water and liquid smoke to the cooking pot. Add browned roasts and any accumulated juices to the pot. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the pork roasts.
  3. Press [Pressure Cook] and then use the [+] button to set 90 minutes of pressure cooking time. When beep sounds, use a natural release to release pressure (approximately 20 minutes). When valve drops, carefully remove lid.
  4. Remove the meat from the pressure cooker and shred with two forks, discarding excess fat as you shred. Add some of the juices from the pressure cooker to moisten the meat. (I used a fat separator to remove fat from the juices.)
36 replies
  1. Zonker
    Zonker says:

    Not quite as tender as if done in a smoker. But considering the huge time difference, it was terrific.

  2. Idahomiriam
    Idahomiriam says:

    Easy and excellent. Served it with a Honey Cilantro glaze on rolls and it was divine!

  3. depmodechick
    depmodechick says:

    This is my family’s favorite pork recipe! I make pork roasts all the time for carnitas or Hawaiian recipes and this is the easiest, tastiest recipe of them all. I never make the other recipes I used to use. This one supercedes them all. :-9

  4. Mayte MG
    Mayte MG says:

    Love this …as a personal touch for the smoke flavor I brown 2 smoke bacon strips and add 1/8 tsp paprika 1/8 tsp cummin while I was browning the meat. By far my favorite recipie.

  5. Kitchenunderpar
    Kitchenunderpar says:

    Super easy and everyone loved it! We did a bone in shoulder, and it pulled out clean.

  6. Julepo31
    Julepo31 says:

    I used this recipe as my “first” after buying my Insta-pot. I chose it because it was simple and didn’t need lots of ingredients. It was delicious. When i make it again, I’ll add cabbage!

  7. MARY E HAMEL
    MARY E HAMEL says:

    I thought the Instant Pot had to have at least 1 cup of water (the Ultra states it needs at least 2 cups) for pressure cooking…. I want to make sure that this recipe is ok with just 1/2 cup of water for 90 minutes? Also, is this ok for the 6 quart Instant Pot cookers? Thank you!

  8. C.I.
    C.I. says:

    I steam some cabbage in the juices for about 3 minutes. Serve with rice. As close to Hawaii roadside cooking as you can get…

  9. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Mary E Hamel,

    Typically yes, but some ingredients give off liquid which adds to the amount of cooking liquid. It is okay to use less if the recipe recommends it. Most recipes are developed for the 6 quart.

  10. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi LSladko,

    Saute is used to brown the meat. Pressure cooking is wet heat and doesn’t brown meat. You can skip sauteing, but it adds a level of flavour to the dish.

  11. LSladko
    LSladko says:

    I made this with 1 cup of pineapple juice, 2 tblsp of liquid smoke and some garlic powder for 7 pounds of pork cut into 14 chunks for browning and it was done in 65 minutes. Very flavorful!

  12. Agailb
    Agailb says:

    I’ve been making this basic recipe in my slow cooker for years and love it. Took 6-8 hours in the slow cooker; 1 1/2 hours (plus time to brown the meat) in the Instant Pot! And I was cooking 5 1/2 pounds of pork butt.

  13. Shannon_brent
    Shannon_brent says:

    I use garlic salt on all sides and I used 1 cup chicken bone broth instead of water with the liquid smoke. 6 pounds for 90 minutes cut into 4 pieces.

  14. Bindyb
    Bindyb says:

    OMG so good, the only change I made was adding 1/2 cup of pineapple juice. After removing the meat i added a cornstarch slurry for sauce, even my husband, the doubter loved it!

  15. Charles Cole
    Charles Cole says:

    I know its been asked, but not sure if its been answered, but if you have a 7lb bone in pork butt how long are you cooking it. And I am assuming we are cooking this on the meat/stew setting. I know may sound funny but others (friends) have found other settings cook things better.

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