Kalua Pork

Kalua Pork

  • Preparation 15 min
  • Cooking 8 h
  • Other 8 h
  • Servings 8
  • Freezes Yes

The high point of any luau happens when a banana-leaf-covered pig is unearthed from a fiery pit. Kalua is Hawaiian for “to cook in an underground oven,” and the elaborate technique rewards patience with tender results (think absurdly succulent pork). To reproduce the ritual on a smaller, more manageable scale, look to your trusty slow cooker. After eight hours, the smell of the most delicious pulled pork may inspire everyone to hula around the slow cooker.

Featured in RICARDO Magazine SPRING 2017 (p. 93)
  • Sans noix
  • Sans lactose
  • Sans gluten
  • Sans produits laitiers
  • Sans oeufs



  • Pork

    • 1 pork shoulder roast, about 4 lb (1.8 kg), bone-in, untrimmed
    • 1 tbsp (15 ml) toasted sesame oil
    • 2 tbsp red Hawaiian salt (see note)
    • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • Sauce

    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) rice vinegar
    • 1/4 cup (55 g) lightly packed brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce


  • Pork

  • Sauce

Note from Ricardo

Hawaiian red salt is a mineral-rich, unrefined salt that is mixed with volcanic red clay. It is often used to season kalua pork and poke. In this recipe, Hawaiian red salt can be replaced by the same quantity of kosher salt.

Personal Note

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