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kalua pork on rice with green onion and white onion

Instant Pot Kalua Pork

Three ingredient Kalua Pork made in your Instant Pot in 90 minutes! There is no shredding needed since this pork literally falls apart while cooking and is ready to serve out of the pot.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: EmilyFabulous


  • Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker or slow cooker
  • tongs


  • 4 pound pork shoulder or butt with bone-in (can make without bone too!)
  • 2-3 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2-3 tablespoon kosher salt


  • Cut the pork into pieces, this doesn't have to be exact or even but I find in the Instant Pot it cooks better this way. You will have to cut around the bone so just be creative. I cut mine into 6 pieces. If you are making this in the slow cooker, you do not need to cut it up.
  • Add the pork to the Instant Pot and pour both the liquid smoke and salt on top. This is to taste and you can add more of both at the end but you can't take it away. Lock the lid into place on the Instant Pot and make sure the steam valve is closed.
  • Set Instant Pot to Pressure Cook on High for 90 minutes. In the slow cooker, allow the pork to cook for 8 hours on low. After pressure cooking, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the steam. This does add time, but it makes a difference.
  • Once the pressure is released (or the slow cooker has finished) your house should smell amazing and the pork will just shred on it's own and the bone will come out clean. Just give it a stir with some tongs to break up the pieces. My picture below is just from using tongs!



  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker and follow all safety guidelines.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.