Kalua Pork

Who doesn’t love a hands-off dinner?

I wanted a traditional Hawaiian main course for my Hawaiian Christmas dinner (read about it here). Kalua Pork is a popular Christmas and Luau dish, traditionally rubbed with Hawaiian sea salt and cooked in a pit oven in the ground. We are recreating the smoky flavor of the pit in a crockpot with liquid smoke.

Kalua Pork Hawaiian Luau Christmas Recipes

I read on several blogs and threads online that some Hawaiian adds a banana to their crockpot to mimic the flavor of wrapping the pork in banana leaves so I gave it a try and loved it! It’s not necessary though so feel free to leave it out if you prefer.

Kalua Pork Hawaiian Luau Christmas Recipes
Rubbed up and ready to go

Kalua Pork Hawaiian Luau Christmas Recipes

Kalua Pork Hawaiian Luau Christmas Recipes
Banana removed; ready to shred

Serve Kalua Pork with rice, pineapple wedges, and lomi lomi salmon for a total luau menu.

Kalua Pork Hawaiian Luau Christmas Recipes

Kalua Pork Hawaiian Luau Christmas Recipes

Like most slow cooker recipes, kalua pork is very easy to make. Just poke the pork with a fork, drizzle liquid smoke over it, rub in sea salt, and let it hang out all day. This recipe makes your whole house smell like a luau!

Kalua Pork Hawaiian Luau Christmas Recipes

Kalua Pork
4-6 lbs pork shoulder or pork butt
1 Tbsp Hawaiian Sea salt
1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
Optional: 1 banana
Serving suggestion: rice, pineapple wedges
  1. Rinse pork with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Place pork in a slow cooker and pierce all over with a fork. Pour liquid smoke over pork, then rub with Hawaiian sea salt. Place a ripe banana (still in its peel) on top of the pork. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours. When it’s done, it should fall apart when you touch it with a spoon.
  2. Remove banana and discard. Shred meat in the crockpot (careful not to shred the fat – you don’t want to eat that) and let cook covered for another hour. For a truly Hawaiian dinner, serve kalua pork with rice, pineapple wedges, and lomi lomi salmon.

Want another pulled pork recipe? Try my pork carnitas.

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Kalua Pork Hawaiian Luau Christmas Recipes

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  2. Looks delicious! Been meaning to make some as its been awhile since I made some pork!

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      Thank you! Let me know if you try it. 🙂

  3. Ashley says:

    What Hawaiian sea salt did you use?

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      Alaea Red Hawaiian sea salt. 🙂 I get mine from a local shop but Amazon, world market, and many grocery stores carry red Hawaiian sea salt.

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