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Instant Pot Kalua Pork

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 80 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 people per pound of meat 1x


This Hawaiian style pork is easy to prepare, with only 4 ingredients and a hands off cooking method. And it tastes amazing! It will soon become a family favorite. 


Units Scale
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Pork shoulder (see note)
  • 1 tsp red Hawaiian sea salt per pound of meat
  • 1 tsp hickory or mesquite flavored liquid smoke per pound of meat



  1. Pour the broth into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  2. Trim off excess fat of the pork shoulder. Poke the pork shoulder 6-8 times with a fork. Rub the sea salt all over the pork. Place the pork inside the Instant pot. Dump the liquid smoke over the top of the pork.
  3. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 20 minutes per inch of thickness of the meat, so if your pork shoulder is 4 inches thick at the thickest park you’d set the time to 80 minutes. 
  4. When the time is up allow for a full natural pressure release* (about 20 more minutes). Remove the lid when the pin drops. 
  5. Place the meat on a large cutting board and shred. I like to use gloved hands and just do this part with my fingers. Others use forks, shredding claws, or even a hand mixer. 
  6. Pour the liquid from the pot into a separate container like a glass measuring cup. Add the shredded pork back into the Instant Pot. Pour some of the liquid over the top so that keeps the pork from drying out. 


Pork: For pulled pork, the standard rule of thumb is one-third to one-half pound of meat per person. When cooked and shredded, pork shoulder will lose around 30 percent of its weight. Use pork shoulder (also known as boston butt or pork butt). I have also used a pork picnic roast and pork blade. 

Slow Cooker instructions–follow instructions 1 and 2. Cover the pot and cook on low (if using the Instant Pot slow cooker function then cook on “more”) for 8-12 hours (depending on how big the pork shoulder is and your individual slow cooker. If it’s not tender, it’s not done). Then follow instructions 5 and 6.

I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. 

Red Hawaiian sea salt*–You can buy this online or some grocery stores carry it. I have also used pink himalayan sea salt which can be found at most grocery stores (including the bulk bins at Winco). 

Liquid smoke — to add that smoky flavor. Found in my grocery store next to the barbecue sauces. For this recipe I prefer hickory or mesquite flavored liquid smoke.

  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Instant Pot