Crockpot Kalua Pork is one of my ‘go to’ meals when I want something simple, easy and impressive. Serve it up with some Tropical Fruit from Dole and some coconut rice, maybe a little teriyaki sauce, and you are swept away to a Hawaiian Luau in your own kitchen.
My husband grew up in Hawaii. He misses it really badly. He is convinced that some day we will live there. Getting me on an airplane is a miracle, so if we ever do move there, we would have to be millionaires, because I would not come back to visit family, we would have to pay for them to come visit us. I did, however, go with my family to visit in 2007. That flight was a nightmare. I was so glad we made it in one piece, not because of a rough airplane ride, but because we had 4 small children with us.
While we were in Hawaii, we had fun visiting the places my husband played when he was a kid. We loved visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the luaus. One of our favorite Hawaiian foods at the luaus was the Kalua Pork. They make it by roasting a whole pig in the the ground for hours. When it’s done, the meat tastes salty and smoky. Perfect. Simple. Easy. Well, if you happen to have a whole pig, and a place to bury it in the ground, that is.
When we got home, we missed the Kalua Pork. I searched online for a simple at home way to make it. I found a recipe that required banana leaves and the oven. I didn’t have banana leaves, and I didn’t want my oven turned on all day when it was summer. So I came up with a method to make it in the crock pot. This method makes the meat so juicy and tender. It couldn’t be more simple. The only ingredients are, a pork roast, kosher salt and Hickory Liquid Smoke. We’ve been making it this way for 7 years now and it’s way better than even any of the Hawaiian restaurants I’ve been to.
Are you planning a trip to Oahu any time soon? If you are, check out my husbands web site. You’ll see all the fun places we loved on our trip along with some great tips on traveling there with the kids. You’ll find it at Oahu Travel Tips.
How to make Kalua Pork in the Crock Pot:
8-10 pound Picnic Pork Roast
1-2 teaspoons Hickory Liquid Smoke (to taste)
1 tablespoon Kosher Salt (to taste)
Add 1 cup water to the crock pot. Add the pork roast and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred with a fork removing fat and bone in the process. Sprinkle with salt and liquid smoke a little at a time until it reaches the taste you want. Easy~! Serve with coconut rice and tropical fruit.