3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

This minimalist culinary masterpiece revolves around the simplicity of just three key ingredients, yet it yields a dish of unparalleled richness and flavor. The star of the show is the succulent pork, its journey beginning in the slow cooker, where it undergoes a transformation into tender, melt-in-your-mouth perfection. The process of slow cooking allows the pork to absorb the smoky essence of the second ingredient, Hawaiian sea salt, creating a harmonious marriage of flavors that transports the palate to the idyllic shores of the Pacific.

The third and final ingredient, the ever-versatile liquid smoke, imparts a depth of flavor that mimics the traditional method of cooking the pig in an underground imu, or pit. This liquid essence infuses the pork with a subtle, yet distinct, smokiness that elevates the dish to a level of authenticity and indulgence. As the slow cooker works its magic over the course of hours, the aroma of the Kalua Pig wafts through the kitchen, building anticipation for the culinary delight about to unfold.

Upon completion, the result is a fork-tender Kalua Pig, its fibers delicately pulled apart with ease. The meat is infused with the essence of the sea salt and liquid smoke, creating a symphony of flavors that dances on the taste buds. The simplicity of the three ingredients belies the complexity of the experience, as each mouthful delivers a sensory journey to the heart of Hawaiian culinary tradition.

This 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Kalua Pig is more than just a dish; it is a celebration of minimalism, where the purity of the ingredients allows the natural flavors of the pork to shine. It beckons you to savor the essence of simplicity, inviting you to appreciate the art of slow-cooking and the transformative power of a few carefully chosen elements. In every bite, you taste not just the pork, but the spirit of the islands, encapsulated in a dish that transcends its humble three-ingredient origins.

Servings: 8


5 pounds boneless pork shoulder

1 tablespoon Alaea sea salt (Hawaiian Red Salt)

1 tablespoon liquid smoke


Prepare the Pork: Start by piercing the pork all over with a fork or sharp knife. This helps the flavors to penetrate deeply into the meat.

Season: Rub the pork shoulder generously with Alaea sea salt, ensuring it’s evenly coated.

Cook: Place the seasoned pork in the slow cooker and evenly drizzle with liquid smoke. Cover and set to cook on low for about 16 hours. Yes, patience is key here for the flavors to fully develop and for the meat to reach the perfect tenderness.

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