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Instant Pot® Hawaiian Kalua Pork

Using an Instant Pot® makes this smoky, meltingly tender pork recipe easy to prepare at home. Serve with white rice and/or creamy macaroni salad—both staple sides in Hawaii.

Serves 6
Ready in 60 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 50 mins
350 calories per serving


> 1 (4 lb) boneless pork butt
> 1 (4.6 oz) grinder Nature's Promise® Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
> 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock or water
> 1 tbsp liquid smoke
> 1 medium head green cabbage
> 2 cups cooked white rice


Cut the pork butt into 2–3 pieces and pierce all over with a fork. Season with 1 tsp pink sea salt and let sit at room temperature 30 min.
To Instant Pot®, add the chicken stock and liquid smoke. Add pork pieces and seal Instant Pot. Set to high pressure and cook 1 hr. Let natural release for 20 min. Quick release remaining pressure.
Core and cut the cabbage into 6 wedges. Transfer cooked pork to a large bowl. Add cabbage wedges to cooking liquid in Instant Pot®. Seal and set to high pressure for 3 min., until tender. Quick release.
Meanwhile, shred cooked pork in bowl with two forks. Divide the rice, pork, and cabbage among shallow serving bowls. Spoon cooking liquid over pork.


You can also serve the pork and cabbage with creamy macaroni salad from the deli.

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