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Instant Pot Kalua Pork

Instant Pot Kalua Pork: Just a few simple ingredients - bacon, garlic, onion, salt and pepper - turn a basic pork roast into a mouthwatering, tender, juicy dinner in 90 minutes, with almost no effort.
MAGIC. Harry, Ron and Hermione were pretty dang good at waving their wands around and making cool things happen. And I, for one, am still holding out hope that a letter from Hogwarts will come flying out of our fireplace. Because honestly…I think I’m doing all right at performing magic. In the kitchen, at least. And to be more specific, in the instant pot. Okay, maybe it’s not me doing the magic. It’s the pot. Take this Instant Pot Kalua Pork, for example. It’s pure magic!

Honestly, could there be a simpler list of ingredients to go into a pot with a roast? There’s no need for swish and flick, alohamora or any tricky maneuvers with this one. It’s just a few basic ingredients in a pot that works its magic for 90 minutes. Seriously! Why didn’t I realize years ago that my grandma’s old-fashioned pressure cooker was such a genius idea? Funny that it took a marketing reinvention of this basic kitchen appliance to turn millions onto the brilliance of cooking under pressure.

Did you know that the first basic pressure cooker was invented by a French scientist in the 1600s? And that pressure cookers were wildly popular in the 1930s and 40s? We are so behind the times, people. Great grandma was the cool one. She was pressure cookin’ up a storm looooong before you were even a blip on the radar.

Instant Pot Kalua Pork: Just a few simple ingredients - bacon, garlic, onion, salt and pepper - turn a basic pork roast into a mouthwatering, tender, juicy dinner in 90 minutes, with almost no effort.
Instant Pot Kalua Pork is one of those genius recipes that requires almost zero effort but gives you a whole week’s worth of meals. Kalua pork and baked sweet potatoes for Sunday dinner. Monday night bbq sliders. Pork Taco Tuesday. Asian pork wraps with carrot slaw and soy-ginger dressing for Wednesday lunch…….you get the idea.

Instant Pot Kalua Pork is GENIUS. THE BOMB. A NO-BRAINER. In one word, it’s simply MAGIC.

Great Grandma would be so proud.

Instant Pot Kalua Pork

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 8-10


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 5-pound boneless pork roast (We used pork sirloin tip roast from Costco)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup water


  1. Turn instant pot to "Saute." Cut bacon into small pieces and cook in instant pot until browned. Do not drain bacon grease.
  2. Add roast and brown on all sides. Salt and pepper each side.
  3. Make slits in sides of the roast and tuck in garlic cloves.
  4. Roughly chop onion and add to pot. Add water.
  5. Set instant pot to "pressure cook" or "manual" for 90 minutes. Use "quick release" function to quickly bring down pressure. Shred meat in pot and lift out of liquid to serve.
  6. You can brown meat in a pan before serving to crisp it up a bit.


*Don't have an instant pot yet? Get one here!

*If you're serving fewer people, simply make it as is and use it for two meals!

*First: Sunday dinner with sweet potatoes, roasted veg, salad, etc.

*Second: Pork tacos!

*And if you can stretch it even further, Third: Add some bbq and coleslaw and make sliders!


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  • Reply Kari April 10, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Yum! Sounds delicious and easy to make!

    • Reply Elizabeth April 10, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Thanks, Kari! My kids have gone NUTS over this one. So easy and so yummy. Hope you love it! Let us know what you think:) Have a very happy day!

  • Reply Jacqueline Chipana April 20, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I just made this tonight for dinner. We are obsessed!! So easy! And we didn’t want to stop eating it!! Pedro said, “Wow. I feel like I am actually in Hawaii!” You both are rad!! Such a fan of this recipe!

    • Reply Sarah April 21, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Yay! We’re so happy you gave it a try and liked it! Even better when it’s husband approved 😉 Thanks for the feedback!

  • Reply Kristy April 22, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Smallest I could find was a 6lbs roast, how many h should I increase the time?

    • Reply Sarah April 22, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Kristy! We’ve never made it with a 6 lbs. roast before, but I think if you increase the time by 10 minutes and then do a natural release for 5 minutes before letting out the steam, you should be good!

  • Reply Hannah January 15, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I love this recipe! I share it with all my friends who have instant pots. So fast, easy, and delicious!

    • Reply Elizabeth January 15, 2019 at 11:00 pm

      Hannah, thanks so much for this feedback! We love hearing from friends who have tried our recipes. Happy happy cooking! XO

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