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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 373kcal
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


  • Add pineapple juice or water and liquid smoke to the Instant Pot.
  • 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.
  • Close and lock the lid and cook on High Pressure for 70 minutes, followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  • 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.
  • If desired, mix in some chopped pineapple chunks.
  • Arrange on buns and serve with coleslaw.



Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1031mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 12.7mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.9mg