I’ve been dreaming of the calming ocean breeze, heart-warming sun, stunning tropical black sand beach, and of course the once-in-a-lifetime luau feast…
Luau, a traditional Hawaiian party, often features the ever so gorgeous smoked Kālua pig.
Traditionally, Kalua Pork is cooked in an imu, an underground earth oven.
But wait! Before you rush off to dig up a hole in your backyard, don’t forget we have a magic pot – Instant Pot. 😀
This is your chance to have a little taste of Hawaiian Luau! *hula dance*
You might be skeptical of the few simple ingredients. But do yourself a favor and try it!
Don’t underestimate the magical power of alaea red Hawaiian sea salt.
The super tender & succulent pork bursting with alluring smoky-savory flavors & aroma that fills your mouth. oh~ truly seductive! Love how the alaea Hawaiian sea salt + fresh banana leaves enhance the pork.
P.S. If you want to go along with the Hawaiian Theme, try these famous Japanese-Hawaiian Rice Sandwich: Instant Pot Spam Musubi 🙂
Time for some Kalua Pork in Instant Pot!!
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Cut & Marinate Pork Shoulder: Cut pork into 2 – 2¼ inches cubes, then place them in a mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp (17g) coarse alaea Hawaiian sea salt & 1 tbsp (15ml) liquid smoke. Mix very well, then marinate for 30 minutes.
Pressure Cook Kalua Pork: Pour 1 cup (250ml) cold water in Instant Pot. Layer a banana leaf at the bottom, then add in cubed pork. Try fitting the pork in a singer layer so they are partially submerged in the water. Then, layer another banana leaf on top of the pork. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for
i) With Banana Leaves: 45 mins, then 15 mins Natural Release ii)Without Banana Leaves: 40 mins, then 15 mins Natural Release *Pro Tip: banana leaves are optional, but they’ll impart more flavor & aroma to the Kalua Pig.
Shred & Season Instant Pot Kalua Pork: Discard the top banana leaf and check if the pork is tenderized. If the pork is still tough, pressure cook for another 10 minutes. Shred Kalua pork with 2 forks. Taste and season with more alaea Hawaiian sea salt if necessary. Serve & enjoy~ Aloha! 🙂
Buying Pork Butt (Pork Shoulder or Boston Butt): For best results, it's important to choose pork that has nice marbling and fat!! Buying Ingredients: Banana leaves are often available in Asian & Latin markets. Coarse alaea red Hawaiian sea salt is available in specialty stores or on Amazon.