Kalua Pork has been around for a long time, most often with just a few ingredients. Many of the modern recipes call for liquid smoke, but we have replace that with smoked sea salt to add a smokey flavor to the dish. The dish comes from Hawaii where traditionally a whole pig is cooked outdoors in a pit. We opted for the trusty Instant Pot! It cooks the pork tender and shreddable in just 90 minutes, and the cabbage in just 3 minutes! I love it just with the cooked cabbage, but you can serve over cauliflower rice then ladle some of the juices from inside the Instant Pot, yum!

Instant Pot Kalua Pork (AIP)
Serves 4
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Total Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
  1. 2 Pounds pork butt (bone removed and cut into large chunks)
  2. 1 Tablespoon smoked sea salt
  3. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 1 small green cabbage (sliced)
  1. Remove the bone from pork butt/shoulder and cut pork into large chunks.
  2. Sprinkle smoked salt and garlic powder over the pork and rub in to thoroughly coat.
  3. Place pork into the Instant Pot liner and add water.
  4. Secure the lid, select Manual and adjust time to 90 minutes.
  5. When Instant Pot beeps, push the cancel/keep warm button and allow pressure to release naturally.
  6. When the pressure is released move the pork to a bowl.
  7. Cover to keep warm.
  8. Add the sliced cabbage to the juices in the Instant Pot, stir to coat.
  9. Select Manual and adjust time to 3 minutes.
  10. When the pot beeps, release the pressure manually.
  11. Now that the pork has cooled a little, remove and pieces of fat, leaving only the meat. Shred the meat.
  12. Add the cabbage to the pork and stir to combine.
  13. Serve with cauliflower rice.
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Instant Pot Kalua Pork (AIP)