Kalua pork in a pineapple shaped bowl

Slow-Roasted Hawaiian Pork Recipe

Tender, juicy kalua pork is a favorite dish at Hawaiian luaus. The traditional method calls for cooking the pork in an underground oven over hardwood. This make-at-home Hawaiian pork recipe uses just three ingredients to produce a flavorful, moist roast with hints of ginger and garlic. It offers an easy way to experience this Hawaiian feast at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Hawaiian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 306 kcal



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the pork butt on a piece of parchment paper large enough to encase it.
  3. Make shallow cuts along the surface of the pork to allow the salt and marinade to penetrate.
  4. Rub the salt all over the surface of the pork. Drizzle the Huli-Huli sauce over the pork and rub it in, coating the meat.
  5. Wrap the pork in the parchment, then an outer layer of foil.
  6. Place on a baking sheet or a roasting pan.
  7. Roast for 1 hour at 350 degrees, then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and continue cooking for another 3 or 3½ hours, until the pork is tender.
  8. Remove from oven and allow the meat to cool and rest for 10 to 15 minutes before unwrapping the parchment-foil packet. (Be careful of steam.)
  9. Use forks to shred the pork.
Nutrition Facts
Slow-Roasted Hawaiian Pork Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 2962mg129%
Potassium 784mg22%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 42g84%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.