Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Chive-Lime Rice

 Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Chive Lime Rice
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing, fun-filled weekend. The weather in Oregon is finally summery and every bit as warm as we were hoping for. The garden is finally in and the grill has been working overtime.

Have you ever had traditional Hawaiian Kalua Pork? Where the pig is cooked underground until it is melt-away delicious? We love going to luaus and enjoying the meat using this type of cooking method. But at home I can't really dig a hole outside and cook a whole pig so this is my favorite way to enjoy a similar flavor.

The pork is salted with Hawaiian "alaea" salt. It is an unrefined salt, pinkish-brown in color from the red alae volcanic clay it has been mixed with. My local grocery store has a small salt bar, if you can call it that, where I get mine. It's also easy to find online.

Once you have the salt this is really easy to make. It cooks for a long time to concentrate the flavors and the meat just melts in your mouth.

You don't add any liquid to the slow cooker and never open the lid...not even once.

I love serving this over rice, or throwing it all in a taco shell for yummy pork-rice meal. It's also amazing as leftovers. Just throw the pork in a nonstick pan and crisp it up over medium heat. Yum.

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Chive-Lime Rice

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves: 8

Ingredients

Kalua Pork:

  • 1 (4-pound) pork butt (Boston butt) or pork shoulder*
  • 1 Tablespoon mesquite liquid smoke
  • 3/4 teaspoon Hawaiian alaea salt per pound of pork (I used four, "3/4 teaspoons")
  • lime wedges

Chive-Lime Rice

  • 5 cups water**
  • 2 cups batsmati rice
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • zest and juice of three limes, more for squeezing
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Directions

  • Rub pork butt all over with liquid smoke and sprinkle with Hawaiian salt, rubbing it in. Place salted pork butt in slow cooker on low heat for 12 hours. Do not open lid.
  • When finished, remove pork from liquid and shred with two forks. Taste the meat, if you feel it needs a little more salt, drizzle a few Tablespoons of the leftover cooking liquid over the meat and mix in. Do not shred the pork in the liquid in the slow cooker as it will end up too salty. Serve with extra lime wedges.
  • Before pork is done, in a large saucepan, bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add rice, stir and turn heat down to low. Cover and cook rice for 15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Add chives, lime zest, juice, salt and mix well. Serve with pork.
  • *For every extra pound of pork, add an extra hour to the cooking time.
  • **This water measurement is for batsmati rice only. Other rice may use less or more water when cooking.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Chive Lime Rice lovely meal
 This could be your dinner! You will love it.

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29 Comments and 17 Replies

  1. Kalua pork! Yes, please! That sounds awesome!

  2. I love slow roasted pork! This recipe sounds great! Happy Monday!

  3. That pork looks so so so good! I’ve somehow never done pulled pork in the slow cooker. I must try it now!

  4. Whoa! Now, this is some delicious looking pulled pork! What a fun recipe!

  5. I’ve heard my friend Anne rave about Hawaiian Kalua Pork! (She lives in Honolulu) Love this recipe!

  6. Oh yum! I am always looking for good Crock-Pot recipes and this looks great Cathy.

  7. I make pork in slow cooker so often. This kalua version with chive-lime rice sounds perfect for summer! Pinning!

  8. I can taste this now between a flour tortilla.

  9. I have this recipe on my blog and its always been my #1 most popular recipe. Its just so so good!! We make it weekly – in fact I have one in the crock pot right now!! I do need to make it with your rice – that looks so good!

  10. Yummy yummy yummy! I can’t wait to try this!

  11. Holy moly does that look scrumptious! Great recipe for feeding a crowd, Cathy!

  12. Yum! I just made pulled pork last night and I usually make it a couple times a month…next time this is the one I’m going to make!

  13. Maegan @ The BakerMama 26

    Yum! Makes me want to host a Hawaiian themed party! I’ll be looking for that salt when I’m at the store tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it!

  14. Well, if I can’t go to Hawaii, I might as well enjoy some good pork! This looks delicious cathy!

  15. This could and WILL be my dinner. I love pulled pork and this Kalua version looks phenom. All that’s missing is a fruity cocktail with an umbrella in it. Bottoms up!

  16. Oh my goodness! That is just mouthwatering. I want that to be my dinner tonight!!! I must make it. Yum!

  17. Can I just come over? PLEASE.

    Damn girl ;-)

  18. katie 31

    Yum! This pork sounds awesome and of course I love it even more because it requires a slow cooker!

  19. Everything about this pork just SCREAMS amazing!

  20. Cheryl 33

    Oh what a delightful slow cooker recipe. Pulled pork is fantastic for the whole family and great for simple dinner party’s. Thanks so much for the tasty recipe :)

  21. Pamela 34

    Made it, wonderful! Thanks! Family was pleased, I was pleased as there was little effort involved, yay!

  22. I made this last night for my family and it was met with RAVE reviews!! We all loved it. So good! Thanks for an amazing recipe. The pork is amazing and that rice is just killer!

  23. snowmoonelk 36

    Would powdered liquid smoke be ok to use? What do you think about powdered -v- liquid smoke? I have never used it before so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  24. Stephanie 38

    Just put a large (8+ pounds) pork butt in the crock pot for our Sunday meal. If it turns out well, I still have another large pork butt to make more.

    • Cathy 39

      Great! That is a very large pork butt, what size is your slow cooker? I would cook that a long time.

      • Stephanie 40

        I cooked it for 18 hours (I have no idea what size my crock pot is, except to say it’s big) and it was so tender. My husband doesn’t like lime, so I made a drizzle of 1 part lemon juice, 3 part apple cider to put over top. My youngest (6 years old) even liked it!

  25. Marilyn 41

    What a great time to try this recipe. Pork is on sale right now in most of the stores. I just bought two pork butt roast on sale. So now all I need is the salt. I will try this later. Thanks again Cathy!!! :)

  26. lissa boillot 42

    no liquid in the slow cooker?

  27. Just looking at this is making my mouth water!!! We JUST got back from Hawaii and this was one thing I wanted to recreate when I got home. Thanks for doing all of the work for me! ;) Can’t wait to make it!

  28. Karen 45

    Am I missing something?? I looked the recipe over a few times but I don’t see Kalua as an ingredient at all….BTW, I LOVE, LOVE your recipes!

    • Cathy 46

      Thank you! Kālua is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method that utilizes an imu, a type of underground oven. The word kālua, which literally means “to cook in an underground oven”, may also be used to describe the food cooked in this manner, such as kālua pig. This is a take on that recipe and method, no liquor is used.

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