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Kalua Pork

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Rating: 5/5
4 reviews

ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 53573
cook method: crock pot

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5 pounds pork butt or shoulder
1 tablespoon liquid smoke or soy sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed (optional)
3 tablespoons Hawaiian salt (or sea salt)


The night before the big feast, cut slits in pork and rub with Hawaiian salt, garlic and liquid smoke, and place in crockpot. Add an inch of water. Turn crockpot on low and leave it to cook for 10-12 hours, flipping pork over halfway through. Take meat out of crockpot and shred with two forks.

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Pamela Chester, CDKitchen Staff


634 calories, 44 grams fat, 0 grams carbohydrates, 55 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
One thing I always grapple with is a way to determine cooking time when cutting down a recipe for the slow cooker. This says 10-12 hours for a 5-lb roast, but the loins we find typically weigh half that, and that's plenty for us. At some point, overcooked meat dries out, even in a slow cooker. It's nice that your recipes adjust to fewer servings, but only the quantities change, not the cooking time.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
Unfortunately, automating an adjustment to cooking time when modifying the recipe isn't an easy task (believe me, we've tried to come up with a way!). The variation in crock pots also make it tough since they all seem to cook differently now. You can try to adjust on a per-pound basis, if a 5 pound roast takes 10 hours, then a 3 pound roast (in theory) would take 6 hours (2 hours per pound). But it's not an exact science. Also, when using a smaller roast you should probably use a smaller crock pot than one that would fit a 5 pound roast, and the size difference there could factor in (the crock pot should be 1/2 to 3/4 full). So, unfortunately, as you can see, it's not that simple a calculation! If you try the recipe with a smaller cut of meat I hope you'll come back and let us know how it turned out and how long you cooked it so that someone else might benefit from your testing!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Tastes pretty close to the real deal.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this after I came home from Kauai and it was great! It doesn't get any easier. Salt it, liquid smoke, slow cook all day and enjoy. I am having a party and using it as the center piece, it can be used for sandwiches or plate lunch. I am making it the day before - your house will remind you of a luau!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I used this same recipe for years and recently misplaced my card. I'm so happy to have found it again! Whenever I hold my luau every summer we make this and there is NEVER any left at the end of the party! Even people who don't usually eat pork LOVE it! It takes me back to when I lived in Hawai... :)

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