Hawaiian Luau Slow Cooker Pork

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Pork Cooked Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before! You may have noticed that I have an affinity for cooking meat in my slow cooker. This recipe is the grand daddy to them all. The first in my “no liquids added” journey and even though we make the chicken weekly, this one is our hands down favorite! I’m going to go ahead and input this into a recipe for you guys, but I almost feel ridiculous for calling it that. One important note though, make sure your pork is at least 5-6 pounds. If it is smaller, cook for half the time.

Is pork not your thing? Try it with chicken using the Crisp and Juicy Slow Cooker Chicken recipe. Prefer Turkey? Try my Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Meal using turkey thighs or legs. If you are open to all three and you are wondering which one to try first? THIS IS THE ONE!

First find a good large pork shoulder (this cut is sometimes also referred to as a pork butt). I prefer the bone in variety, cooking bone in always adds significantly more flavor.
Farmer John Make sure you put it in the slow cooker fattier side up.Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before! Cover with a liberal amount of Hawaiian/Himalayan Salt. I love pink salt. I used a tablespoon on the bottom side and a tablespoon on top. Don’t worry about the salt, a lot of it will stay behind in our liquid, probably about 75% of it.Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before!

Add about a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the top of the roast. Cover, cook on low for 24 hours.Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before! Now stand back and admire your amazing meal you are in store for. Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before! Wondering what the inside looks like?Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before! Looking for a crispy crust? Note, I do scrape off the entire fat cap, but there is still about 30-40% of the exterior that is deliciously crisp.Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before! Worried 24 hours in the slow cooker would mean dry meat?Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before! In the words of Sadie Saxton, “You’re Welcome.”

We usually serve this with Garlic & Ginger Roasted Carrots and Coconut Rice (coming to a blog near you tomorrow!).

Tools Used in the making of these Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken Thighs:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.

Recipe

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Hawaiian Luau Slow Cooker Pork

4.91 from 10 votes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 1 day
  • Total Time: 1 day 1 minute
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Dinner, then Dessert
Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before!

Ingredients

  • 1 5-6 pound bone in pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons Hawaiian or Himalayan Pink Salt (you can use Kosher salt in a pinch)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Put pork in the slow cooker, fattier side up.
  2. Season with salt all over.
  3. Add Worcerstershire sauce on top.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 24 hours.

  5. DO NOT ADD any water.
  6. If you aren't going to be eating it right away, try and remove it in one piece after it cools and store in a pot with the cooking liquid.
  7. Heat gently in a 300 degree oven.
  8. Discard fatty liquid before serving

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: 205 calories, Calories: 205g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 1281mg, Potassium: 483mg, Vitamin A: 0.2g, Vitamin C: 1.6g, Calcium: 2.1g, Iron: 9.8g

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Dinner then Dessert TIPS We also make pork for Pulled Pork sandwiches this way minus the Worceshtershire sauce. Toss with Tony Roma’s Original BBQ Sauce. Even more addicting, try adding 1/4 cup of chopped garlic to the pork instead of the Worcestershire sauce. When cooked, toss it in some Chimichurri Sauce and serve it in a Potato bun.

Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before!

Three ingredients, 24 hands-off hours and you have a deliciously crispy, soft, tender Hawaiian Luau Pork that will make you wonder why you every made pork shoulder any other way before!

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. This is a must for anybody who loves tender juicy pork.

    I was cautious just like everybody when seeing how simple this is and how long the pork cooks. I timed my crock-pot on Sunday to finish about when I got home from work yesterday. The smallest pork shoulder(Boston Butt, not sure why a shoulder is called a butt) was 6.5 lbs, but it was amazing. It was sooo tender it fell apart in the crock-pot. I shredded mine after removing what fat didn’t melt in the 24 hours of cooking.

  2. Can this be cooked in a slow cooker, I don’t have the time to sit an watch it because I have a part time job, and the slow cooker is a miracle!!!

  3. Made this recipe and OH MY how fantastic. My hubby said he believed it was the best pulled pork he has ever had! And we went to a luau in Maui in September! 5 stars definitely. Note that I used coarser pink salt , I could not tell if it needed to be ground or coarse from the printed recipe. But I see here as I have this cooking for the second time, that your picture says fine pink salt. So I will cut back and try fine salt next time, I will be making this recipe forever! Want to try adding the garlic too sometime.
    Thank you

  4. This in in the slow cooker now…16 hours into the cook. I had to sneak a taste….OMG this is so dedelicious. I made homemade Hawaiian rolls to go with it and am making the macaroni salad recipe from this site. Yummmmm.

  5. I have never been a fan of Worcestershire sauce, because in Hawaii where I’m from, we use Aloha Shoyu. Can I use aloha “soyu” (as we call it), or just cook it plain without any sauce? Because, we mix Hawaiian salt with Wrights Liquid smoke, to make our pork taste like it was cooked in the pit (Imu). Let me know, thanks. Kona

    1. I’m sure Worcestershire is fine, but Kona is on point. True Hawaiian kine Kalua pork is liquid smoke and Hawaiian salt. I use coarse Hawaiian Salt blackened with small kine kiave wood charcoal. So ono broke da mouf!

  6. I frequent this post at least every time I cook a pork butt in the slow cooker. I was worried I didn’t have worceshtershire sauce but read its preferred when making bbq pulled pork sandwiches. Score!

  7. I love kalua pork and am excited to try this recipe! What size slow-cooker do you use to roast the pork? I’m worried the pork shoulder may not fit my 4-6 quart slow-cooker. Thanks!

    1. I have a 6 qt slow cooker, the standard oval size. You’d be surprised how well it can fit. Hope you love it!

    1. Yes! I’ve used pink, grey, kosher and they are all great. Sea Salt is great too, the only one I would caution against is regular table salt. Hope you love it!

  8. I was searching something easy but something super tasty… I ran into your blog site through pinterest!!
    To be honest, only 3 ingredients and walk away was WAY TO EASY and since I didn’t know Luau Pork, I was little suspicious… HOWEVER, I’m just sooooo glad to try!!!! I made coconut rice to go with, too!!!! Every single bite was screaming YUMMY!!!! My husband and all of my 3 kids had a happy Sunday dinner!!!! AND it doesn’t end YET!!!! There was left over of meat and I made your Toni Roma’s inspired BBQ sauce (in a pot)!!! YES!!! Tonight dinner was another hit for my family!!!! I really love your method of using crockpot to create both crispiness and moistured & tendered final meat!!!!! Thank you so much for my first try to be such great 2 dinners!! I’m very looking forward your recipes!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

    1. You made my day! Thank you so much for coming back and telling me you enjoyed the recipes! And oh my goodness you chose three of our favorites. That bbq sauce is just too good for words! Thank YOU!

    1. Thanks Crystal. I actually made the recipe again with a pork shoulder arm with skin on and figured out how to get crispy skin. That recipe update will be coming soon 🙂

  9. Haha, we actually made Hawaiian pulled pork for a luau last night! We put it on a Hawaiian bun with a pineapple ring =) Yours looks so delicious! We didn’t leave ours in for nearly that long.

    1. Thanks Dee! I love both, probably love sea salt a bit more but it is fun to play with new flavors and ingredients 🙂

  10. My son and husband recently visited hawaii for the first time and are obsessed with all things from the islands. I am going to make this for them for Sunday dinner and make them SO Happy!! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Awesome!! I hope it takes him back! If you want the authentic feel serve it up with sticky white rice and macaroni salad!

  11. This looks delicious! I love pork and I’m always looking for different recipes. I’ll have to try these one out soon. Hopefully my daughters will eat it too.

  12. Each time I come to your blog I get hungry! I love roast pork, and I have so many great memories of roasting the entire pig on our farm in Puerto Rico. I have never heard of Pink Salt or thought of cooking the pork in the slow cooker. I will have to try that the next time we make it, which is often! Thanks again for a great recipe!