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Bacon-Wrapped Kalua Pork

Crockpot Bacon-Wrapped Kalua Pig gives you all the flavors of an amazing island luau. Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time, and then the slow-cooker does all the work! Bite after bite of mouthwatering pulled pork, tender and tasty.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: BEST Hawaiian Kalua pig recipe ever, Kalua Pork
Servings: 6
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Karrie


  • 3.5-5 lbs pork butt also known as Boston Butt. I prefer bone-in.
  • 6-8 slices uncooked bacon
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp pink Hawaiian sea salt white sea salt works, too
  • 1 tbsp liquid hickory smoke optional


  • Rinse the pork and pat it dry.
  • Trim off any large pieces of fat and discard. Next, use a knife to poke holes over the entire outside of the meat. Tuck pieces of garlic in the holes.
  • If your pork needs help holding its shape, use baker’s twine and tie that piggy up.
  • Sprinkle meat with 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke (if you choose), and then rub the Hawaiian sea salt into the meat.
  • Lastly, take your bacon strips and wrap them around your pork roast. You are now ready to place your meat into the crock pot. Cook on low for 12 hours.
  • If after 12 hours your bacon isn't as crisp as you’d like, transfer the pork to a baking dish and put it under your oven’s broiler for a few minutes to crisp it up.
  • Transfer the pork from the crock pot to a large plate or serving platter. Remove and discard the twine. Take the bacon off, sneak a few bites, then crumble the rest back into the cooked pork. Time to start shredding!
  • With a fork in each hand, shred the meat, discarding any fatty pieces along the way. Serve your perfectly prepared Kalua Pork, over rice, veggies, or on a bun with a splash of sweet barbeque sauce. Nanea!


To Freeze: Follow the directions to prep roast for the crockpot. Place in a freezer-safe ziplock bag and freeze. The day before you cook it, remove it from the freezer and let thaw completely. Place in crockpot and cook on low for 12 hours.
When it comes to salting the pig, there’s not a tool in your kitchen that does a better job than your own hands. Don’t be shy – get in there and massage your way to authentic Hawaiian flavor!
The quantity of salt is small, but a little goes a long way. Avoid the temptation to use too much.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1342mg | Potassium: 909mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg