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Best Instant Pot Kalua Pork Recipe

Instant Pot Kalua Pork

Instant Pot Kalua Pork is a sweet and savory meal that is filled with flavor and easy to prepare. Made in the pressure cooker with just 4 budget-friendly ingredients.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Kalua Pork, Kalua Pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 373 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 6 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice or water
  • 1 tablespoon Pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks drained and chopped - optional


  1. Add pineapple juice or water and liquid smoke to the Instant Pot.
  2. Cut the pork shoulder into smaller pieces (about 6) and add 3 of them to the pressure cooker. Sprinkle half of the pink Himalayan salt on top. Add the rest of the pieces and sprinkle the remaining salt.
  3. Close and lock the lid and cook on High Pressure for 70 minutes, followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  4. Open once the cooking is done, transfer pork to a large bowl, shred with two forks and add some of the cooking liquid to keep it moist.
  5. If desired, mix in some chopped pineapple chunks.
  6. Arrange on buns and serve with coleslaw.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Kalua Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 1031mg45%
Potassium 852mg24%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 12.7mg15%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.