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Instapot Kalua Pork

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • Instapot


  • 3 bacon slices
  • 5 pounds bone-in pork shoulder roast
  • tablespoons coarse sea salt or ~1 tablespoon fine sea salt Hawaiian, if available
  • 6 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 cup water


  • Line your Instapot with the bacon slices, and set to saute. Wait about one minute for bacon to start sizzling.
  • Slice the pork roast into three equal pieces. Make two slits in each piece and tuck in a peeled garlic clove in each slit.
  • Check your bacon- flip the slices and then turn off the Instapot when evenly browned.
  • Evenly salt the pork, and then layer on top of the crisped bacon.
  • Pour in the water. (Use more if you have a larger Instapot to avoid the "burn" error.)
  • Lock your instapot and pressure cook for 90 minutes.
  • After 90 minutes, speed up the "natural release" by pressing the "keep warm button.
  • After the pressure is released, you do need to check that the meat is tender - if not, pressure cook for 5-10 additional minutes.
  • Shred the pork, pile it on nachos, wrap in tortillas, fill Hawaiian rolls, or serve with rice and mac salad.
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