Instant Pot Kalua Pork with Cabbage Recipe

December 29, 2019Van
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Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6-8

When it gets cold and rainy I always think back to my epic Maui vacation. My husband and I spent every waking moment swimming in the warm water and then hunting for unique eats. The food in Maui was marvelous. I found everything I wanted, from fresh fish, amazing sushi, delectable spicy garlic shrimp and plate lunches with Kalua Pork! Kalua pig is traditionally it’s made an imu (an underground oven/pit) and it’s smoked for long hours – even on the island, it’s pretty hard to find it made this way. You’ll typically find an oven roasted version served at restaurants or take outs – which is still delicious. So when I got back I was determined to craft the perfect Kalua Pork that could be made at home. Mission Accomplished – I’ve now converted my oven recipe for the Instant Pot to save hours of cooking time. That tender pork with a nice finish of alea salt. Lingering notes of garlic. This one is perfect. But on a classic Elvis Hawaiian Movie and bring a touch of the island wherever your home may be.

Instant Pot Kalua Pork with Cabbage Recipe

Alea Salt (purchase here) is the main seasoning for Kalua Pork
Instant Pot Kalua Pork with Cabbage Recipe

If you use your Instant Pot on the counter under your cabinets, this is an awesome accessory that diverts the steam downward and away from your cabinets (purchase here)

Instant Pot Kalua Pork with Cabbage Recipe

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Instant Pot Kalua Pork with Cabbage Recipe

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Serves: 6-8

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Ingredients

  • 3 Pounds Pork Shoulder Roast, cut into 4-5 inch blocks
  • 2½ Teaspoons Alea Salt / Hawaiian Red Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Liquid Smoke
  • 2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Head of Cabbage, cut into large wedges

Method

  • 1)

    Mix 2 Teaspoons of Liquid Smoke with 2 Teaspoons of Soy Sauce and coat each piece of pork roast. Sprinkle on the Alea Salt and Garlic Powder, rub it to get an even coating. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

  • 2)

    Pour 1 Cup of Water into the Instant Pot, place the pieces of pork into the pot, seal the Instant Pot lid and set for High Pressure / Manual for 45 Minutes. When the timer is up wait 15 Minutes then switch the knob to venting, when the pin drops open the lid. Place the pork into a large bowl and wrap with foil to keep warm. Remove ½ Cup of the cooking liquid from the Instant Pot and set aside. Pour ½ Cup of Water back into the Instant Pot, place the Cabbage wedges into the Instant Pot and set for 3 Minutes on High Pressure, as soon as the timer is up, switch the knob to venting and when the pin drops open the lid.

  • 3)

    Add ¼ Cup of the cooking liquid into the bowl of pork roast, shred with 2 forks. Taste and add more of the cooking liquid if needed or season with more salt. Serve with rice, Hawaiian Mac Salad (recipe here), and Cabbage ~ Enjoy!

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