I recently read about this recipe for Kalua Pork in the crock pot on a website called familyfreshmeals.com. I wanted to try it and I am so glad I did. I used to make pork loin in the slow cooker a lot with just broth, salt and pepper. It was good, but this is WOW good. I used a pork loin the first time and a pork butt the second time. The pork butt was better, and I got it for 1.29/lb at Kroger. After portioning it out for meals, I had enough meat for 9 meals. The whole pork butt cost about $10.00 so that is about $1.11/meal for meat for 4 people! Yay for good deals! So anyway, on to how to make it!
This is so easy! All you need is a pork butt or shoulder (for best results), liquid smoke and ...
...Pink Himalayan Salt. I bought mine at Homegoods, but you can find it pretty much anywhere! I don't know what's so special about this, but just use it! It's good.
Put the pork in the slow cooker and stab it with a fork a few times on both sides. Pour about 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke on each side, making sure you cover the surface of the meat pretty good. Then sprinkle meat with salt, about 1-2 tablespoons. Place in the slow cooker and cook on low for about 15-16 hours. You don't want to rush cooking this meat. Low and slow is best!
This is the wonderful-ness that comes out of the slow cooker after 16 hours. It falls apart, smells amazing and it so juicy and tender. I can't help but keep snitching pieces to eat as I'm shredding it. Just use two forks to pull the meat apart.
This is how we ate it last night. Make mashed potatoes pile the pork on top with gravy.
This is how we will eat it next time! Covered in BBQ sauce with a soft bun. My friend also had a baby and I plan on taking her some of this pork for her to reheat for an easy meal.
Also, I'll be posting soon on how to make soup with this pork! Stay tuned!