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Kalua Pork Sandwich on a cutting board.
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Kalua Pork / Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Kalua Pork Pulled Pork Sandwich is bursting with sweet and tangy flavors. Tender, shredded pork topped with crunchy slaw on a soft roll, it's a complete meal on a bun.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Kalua Pork, Pork, Pulled Pork
Servings: 8
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Emily Walker


  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker


  • 3-4 pound pork roast
  • 1-2 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1/3 c. liquid smoke
  • 1 c. water
  • 4 ti leaves Washed (If ti leaves aren't available or you don't know what they are, no worries-- it is still great without them -they just add a cool local Hawaiian element to the dish.)


  • Line bottom of crock pot with 2 ti leaves (if you have them). Rub pork generously with salt, pour on liquid smoke.
    Kosher salt rubber all around uncooked pork roast.
  • Place on ti leaves or in the crock pot. Add water. Fit remaining ti leaves (again, if you have them) around outer edge of crockpot. 
    Raw pork Roast in a slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until it will easily shred into juices (do not drain).
    Shredding Kalua Pork with two forks.
  • Serve on buns with coleslaw.
    Constructed Kalua Pork Sandwich.



Nutrition does not include bun or toppings.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 668mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2.3mg