I’ve been dying to make Kalua pig for a while. Before it was only my sister who decided to make it and I just ate it when she did. But I had some pork butt strips and decided to give it a try. My only problem is that I don’t have time to sit near the oven and make sure everything is okay and I don’t feel comfortable leaving the oven on when I’m not home. But the crock pot is a different story. So I looked online and reviewed a bunch of recipes and this is what I came up with. This is just straight Kalua Pig, but you can also vary it to make Kalua Cabbage as well. When eating it I wish I had some cabbage, maybe next time. But this got a BIIIG thumbs up from the kids who kept silent during dinner while eating this. Pared together with some steamed veggies, rice and salad, it makes a nicely balanced meal. Just remember to trim off the fat pieces.
6 pork butt/shoulder strips (makes for faster cooking time, can use a roast, but increase cooking time)
2 T kosher (or Hawaiian) salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Large Onion, halved & sliced thick
Combine your salt and garlic together in a bowl.
Lay out your pork strips onto a cutting board and sprinkle on your garlic & salt mixture. Do not use all, save a little to season once shredded. Turn and make sure most of the sides are covered and rub into the meat. Shake some liquid smoke onto your strips on all sides as well and make sure you rub some in.
Place your meat in your slow cooker (this recipe is for a small cooker, double if you have a larger one). Shake more liquid smoke onto the pork if desired to get that smoked taste to it and put it on High for 4-6 hours.
About 2 hours into the cooking process you can add your sliced onions to the top. You can also rotate the pork and move the top pieces to the bottom.
Once the pork is cooked, it should be easily pulled apart. If the meat is a little tough then it may be cooked but you’ll need a bit of force to pull it apart. Take out the meat and place it into a bowl to shred using 2 forks is a good way to do it.
When all the meat is shredded taste and season with extra the salt mixture until the flavor is to your liking. Using some tongs, take out the onions from the slow cooker and toss them in with the pork.
Optional: To make Kalua Cabbage, thinly slice 1 head of cabbage and slightly saute or sweat in a pan. Or you can just place on the bottom and the kalua pig on top plate lunch style.