Hawaiian shredded pork is sweet and sour, and delicious over cauliflower with rice, sticky rice, tacos, sandwiches, lettuce cups, salads, sliders. The list goes on and on! Shredded pork is a dish that stretches, so it’s great to serve for a hungry crowd.
Slow-cooked kalua pork is the traditional Hawaiian-style dish you’ll find on the islands. It is a simple dish with liquid smoke and Hawaiian sea salt.
The slow-cooked dish takes most of the day to get nice and tender. Worth the wait, no doubt!
However, this Hawaiian shredded pork recipe is a mix of sweet and sour flavors, which turns into a tasty sauce, and only takes 30 minutes to cook in an instant pot
Add just a little sauce to the prepared pork or cover the shredded pork with all the sauce. Personally, I give the shredded pork a good topping, then serve the remaining sauce aside.
That way, everyone can add more if they so choose, and they always seem to do just that!
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How to make shredded pork cooked in an instant pot
Like kalua pork, this recipe is also simple, it just needs extra ingredients to boost the flavor profile a bit.
You will need the following ingredients:
- Back or pork shoulder. I prefer the pig butt, which is actually part of the lower part of the pig’s forearm, not the back! Learn the difference between pig butt and pig shoulder at Cook’s Illustrated. Boneless is easier to cut, but if all you can find is bone, then cut around the bone. Place the bone in the instant pot with the rest of the ingredients to obtain all the meat. Just be sure to remove the bone when crushing pork.
- Pineapple juice: Real juice without sugar, not concentrated. The Dole brand is my juice. It is always available on the juice island in grocery stores.
- Chicken broth
- Spices: garlic, ginger (fresh if available), paprika
- alternative brown sugar to reduce carbohydrates
- paste or tomato sauce. I use sugar-free brands.
- soy sauce. It’s okay to use reduced liquid amino acids or sodium.
- Fresh sliced pineapple. Be sure to check out this post on how to cut pineapple.
- The cornstarch is used to thicken the sauce if desired. Alternatively, you can reduce the sauce by simmering until it is naturally reduced and thickened.
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You will need the following supplies
- Pressure cooker
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Baking/serving dish
- Forks for crushing pork
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
Steps to make Hawaiian shredded pork in an instant pot:
This recipe is prepared quickly. Like most pressure cooker recipes, you’ll add the ingredients and let the instant pot work its magic.
First cut the pineapple into large pieces and set aside.
Next, prepare the pork by cutting it
into large pieces
(add a tablespoon of oil). Lightly salt and seal each piece in sauté mode. You will have to do this in batches.
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Cover the lid and close the vent. Cook in manual for 30 minutes. Let the pressure release on its own.
When it is safe to remove the
lid, use tweezers to remove the pork and place it in a baking dish. Crush with two forks.
Put the instant pot in stir-fry mode and cook the sauce until the liquid has evaporated about halfway. Add the fresh pineapple.
Alternatively, to thicken the sauce, add the cornstarch suspension with water before adding the instant pot.
Cook until desired consistency. You’ll have plenty to pour over the Hawaiian shredded pork.
At this point, remove the pineapple and serve aside or cover the
pork with the pineapple.
Once you have this ready, you’re going to pick up the pork with your fingers
Don’t eat it all though, because you’ll want to try these other options.
- as sliders with pineapple cabbage salad
- Keep food low in carbohydrates by wrapping lettuce
- Serve in a tortilla
- Make nachos
Can I freeze cooked shredded pork?
Yes! After the pork reaches room temperature, place it in freezeable containers. Remove the pineapple pieces before freezing.
Keep frozen for up to three months
For immediate use, place frozen in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. When ready to heat, add about 1/4 cup of water or chicken broth to a saucepan with the pork. Heat until nice and warm.
Can this be done in a slow cooker?
Yes! If you don’t have a pressure cooker, then take out your slow cooker. You will need to adjust the recipe by adding an additional 1/2 cup of broth.
Also, I recommend burning the meat (on the stove). Cook slowly over low heat for 8 hours.
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