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Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam https://nomnompaleo.com
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Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

Bite for bite, this may be my easiest and tastiest recipe ever. All you need is a big pork roast, a few slices of bacon, Hawaiian Sea Salt, and patience!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Crock pot, gluten-free, keto, low carb, Make-ahead, paleo, pork, Primal, slow cooker, Whole30
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Michelle Tam


  • 3 bacon slices
  • 5 pounds Pork shoulder roast bone-in or bone-out
  • tablespoons Alaea Red Hawaiian Coarse Sea Salt or ~1 tablespoon Alaea Red Hawaiian Fine Sea Salt
  • 5 peeled garlic cloves optional


  • Line a slow cooker with 3 slices of bacon. If desired, use a knife to remove the skin from the roast.
  • Weighed the pork so you can estimate how much salt to use. Follow Judy Rodger’s rule of thumb: use ¾ teaspoon of medium-coarse salt for every 1 pound of meat. (Using fine salt? Use about half that amount.)
  • Then, cut some slits into the meat and tucked in the garlic cloves. Salt the pork all over, and then place the roast on top of the bacon in the slow cooker, skin-side up.
  • Cover with the lid and cook the roast on low for about 16 hours. (Note: newer slow cookers are hotter and may only require 9-12 hours on the low setting.) Don’t add any liquid!
  • When the pork is finished cooking, remove the meat and shred it with two forks. Check the pork for seasoning and adjust with the cooking liquid that remains at the bottom of the pot. Don’t just shred the meat in the cooking liquid—it’ll be too salty.
  • Serve!
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Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 1g