Rainy California has me dreaming of the beaches in Hawaii! I’d give just about anything to sit on a beach and have someone bring me a tropical drink while I enjoyed delicious food (that I didn’t have to make or clean up!).
Our mom used to make this Kalua Pork in the slow cooker growing up and it was always one of my favorites. Now that I’m older, topping this pork with vegetables and teriyaki sauce is my favorite way to get in my vegetables during a meal!
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How to make Kalua Pork in your Instant Pot
Pierce pork all over with a carving fork. Rub salt and liquid smoke all over meat. The fork piercings will help the flavor sink into the meat better and faster.
Set your instant pot to “saute” and add olive oil to the bottom. My instant pot heats up REALLY fast on this setting, so start with the low saute option if you have it, and then bump it up if it’s not hot enough.
Once it’s heated up, saute pork roast on all sides for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Then remove your pork from the instant pot and set aside.
Place trivet into the bottom of the instant pot and pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of your pot. Top your pork with a few pepperoncini peppers for some extra flavor too!
Place your pork on the trivet, seal your lid, and set your pressure cook or manual button to 30 minutes. If you are using the pressure cook button, make sure it set to HIGH pressure.
After 30 minutes, let the steam naturally release for 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
Remove meat from slow cooker and shred with 2 forks, adding drippings as needed to moisten. Serve over rice with your favorite Teriyaki sauce and vegetable toppings!
Kalua Pork Toppings
Here are a few toppings we love to add to our Kalua Pork!
- Pepperoncini Peppers
- Green Onions
- Sesame Seeds
How to turn this Instant Pot Kalua Pork into a freezer meal:
Pierce pork all over with a carving fork. Rub salt and liquid smoke over meat. Pour 1/2 cup chicken broth into
a gallon-sized freezer bag, then place roast inside bag. Place freezer bag into freezer and it will last up to 90 days.
When ready to use, dump ingredients from bag into Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup chicken broth or water in with the frozen food – if desired, sprinkle a little more liquid smoke on top of pork. Place the lid on top, move the valve to SEALING, and press the MANUAL button. Set timer for 90-100 minutes (or about 30 minutes per pound of your roast).
Do a NATURAL RELEASE when the timer is done – I even like to let it sit in the Instant Pot for a few hours so that it falls apart so easily. Follow the rest of the instructions as written.
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Instant Pot Kalua Pork Roast Recipe
- 2 pound pork shoulder or butt roast, fat trimmed
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
- 1½ Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups rice brown or white, cooked
- 1 cup green bell pepper chopped (optional)
- 2 tomatoes diced (optional)
- ½ onion diced (optional)
- ½ cup banana peppers (optional)
- 1 cucumber diced (optional)
- 1 (2.5 ounce) can sliced olives (optional)
- teriyaki sauce (optional)
- Pierce pork all over with a carving fork. Rub salt and liquid smoke over meat.
- Set your instant pot to "saute" and add olive oil to the bottom.
- Once it's heated up, saute pork roast on all sides for 2-3 minutes or until browned.
- Remove pork from the instant pot and set aside.
- Place trivet into the bottom of the instant pot and pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of your pot.
- Place your pork on the trivet, seal your lid, and set your pressure cook or manual button to 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, let the steam naturally release for 10 minutes before doing a quick release
- Remove meat from slow cooker and shred with 2 forks, adding drippings as needed to moisten.
- Serve over rice, topped with your favorite veggies and teriyaki sauce.
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