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kalua pork with braised cabbage on a white platter

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Succulent and tender morsels of salty smoky pork that lend themselves to dozens of scrumptious main dishes.  This Kalua pork recipe only uses 5 ingredients and is simply cooked in your slow cooker.  It’s perfect for batch or freezer cooking and will become a fast favorite in your kitchen.


Units Scale
  • 2.5 to 3 lb. pork loin roast
  • 1 Tablespoon Hawaiian sea salt (fine grind)
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke (I use hickory.)
  • 1/2 cup freshly brewed green tea
  • 1 head green cabbage, coarsely chopped


  1. Brew a cup of strong green tea by pouring 1/2 cup boiling water over 1 green tea bag and allowing it to steep for 4 minutes.
  2. Next, use a sharp knife to repeatedly pierce an inch or so into the meat.  Do this on both sides of the pork loin and make multiple pokes in each side.  This is going to allow the flavor to work its way through the entire roast.
  3. Next rub the red Hawaiian sea salt over the surface of the entire loin, top, bottom and sides.  Press firmly and allow the salt to rub down into the slits you cut in the meat, too.
  4. Pour the green tea and liquid smoke into your slow cooker.
  5. Add the prepared pork loin to the slow cooker.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.  You want the pork to be cooked through and fork tender.  You should be able to easily break it apart with a fork.
  7. When the roast is tender, add coarsely chopped cabbage to the top of the slow cooker.  Replace the cover and cook an additional 20 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
  8. Serve the pork and cabbage with rice.  Use drippings from the slow cooker as a drizzle over everything.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Main Dish, Meat, Pork
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian/American