Instant Pot Kalua Pig

User rating: 5 out of 5 stars (2) Reviews

Published in the Hawaiian Electric's 2021 United Way Cookbook.
Recipe compliments of Shayna Decker, Communications, Government Relations - Maui County.



Instant Pot Kalua Pig

  • 3-4 pounds boneless pork butt, cut into 3 equal pieces
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon Hawaiian salt
  • 1 cup water


  1. Pierce pork pieces on all sides with a fork.
  2. Season all sides with liquid smoke then with the salt.
  3. Add water and pork to the Instant Pot.
  4. Cover and turn on the Instant Pot on Pressure Cook.
  5. Set time for 90 minutes.
  6. When time is up, let the pressure naturally release until release button pops up.
  7. Shred pork with a fork while in Instant Pot as it soaks up juices.

Serves 8.

Alternative: After pork is shredded, leave Instant Pot on Warm and add chopped cabbage for a few minutes until cabbage is wilted for kalua pig and cabbage.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving (based on 3 pounds pork):
250 calories, 15 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 800 mg sodium, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 26 g protein


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by ANONYMOUS on 5/26/2024

THE best recipe for kalua pig I've ever made. Follow the recipe exactly. It will come out just perfect. I was wondering whether I would need more liquid smoke than specified. Nope. It was just the right amount. Had I added more, I would've ruined the taste.

by ANONYMOUS on 3/24/2023