Instant Pot Kalua Pig and Cabbage

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I’ve been making Kalua pig in the slow cooker for years. I grew up in Hawaii and live here, so of course we’re super picky about what we think good kalua pig is. So happy to say that it comes out amazing in the Instant Pot. It’s so easy to make, it’s embarrassing. This is traditionally cooked in an imu (underground oven), but ain’t nobody got time for that!

Ingredients:
4-5lb pork shoulder/butt
1 TBS of sea salt, preferably Hawaiian (but even regular table salt will work)
1 TBS of liquid smoke, add a tsp more for extra smoky flavor
1 cup of water
1/2 head of cabbage, shredded

Instructions:
1. Rub salt into pork.
2. Set IP to saute and when hot, brown pork on all sides.
3. Pour in liquid smoke and 1 cup of water.
4. Set to manual for 90 minutes. Natural pressure release for 20 minutes. There will be a lot of liquid, but it soaks up into the meat.
5. Shred with a fork or mixer, toss in cabbage and mix in.
Serve with white rice and lomi tomato!

I also mix with bbq sauce and have instant pulled pork! You can also squeeze in some lime juice and mexican spices and you have carnitas. Possibilities are endless with this one!

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Instant Pot Kalua Pig and Cabbage

I've been making Kalua pig in the slow cooker for years. I grew up in Hawaii and live here, so of course we're super picky about what we think good kalua pig is. So happy to say that it comes out amazing in the Instant Pot. It's so easy to make, it's embarrassing. This is traditionally cooked in an imu (underground oven), but ain't nobody got time for that!

Ingredients

  • 4-5 lb pork shoulder/butt
  • 1 TBS of sea salt but even regular table salt will work, preferably Hawaiian
  • 1 tsp of liquid smoke add a tsp more for extra smoky flavor
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 head of cabbage shredded

Instructions

  1. Rub salt into pork.
  2. Set IP to saute and when hot, brown pork on all sides.
  3. Pour in liquid smoke and 1 cup of water.
  4. Set to manual for 90 minutes.
  5. Natural pressure release for 20 minutes. There will be a lot of liquid, but it soaks up into the meat.
  6. Shred with a fork or mixer, toss in cabbage and mix in.
  7. Serve with white rice and lomi tomato!

Recipe Notes

I also mix with bbq sauce and have instant pulled pork! You can also squeeze in some lime juice and mexican spices and you have carnitas. Possibilities are endless with this one!

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