Kalua Pig in 6-Qt Electric Pressure Cooker

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 40m
Ready In

"Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo. This is my go-to recipe for delicious pulled pork in only 90 minutes at pressure. For a 2-person household, I coordinate with my step-daughter so we can both enjoy this economical but delicious protein. One Boston Butt yields a lot of pulled pork! Note that cooking time is the amount of time cooked at high pressure (as is common for pressure cooker recipes); the pressure cooker can take 10-25 minutes to reach high pressure, and from 15-25 minutes to naturally release pressure."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (157.5 g)
  • Calories 86.4
  • Total Fat - 4.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 11.7 mg
  • Sodium - 1512.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.8 g
  • Sugars - 3.6 g
  • Protein - 5.4 g
  • Calcium - 48.9 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 41.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Place bacon slices flat on the bottom of the pressure cooker pot. Press "Saute" button. Brown bacon and flip to brown the other side. When browned on both sides, turn off pressure cooker.

Step 2

Cut the roast into 3 equal pieces. With a sharp knife, makes slits in the roast and place the garlic there.

Step 3

Use 3/4 teaspoon of medium-coarse salt for every 1 pound of meat; if using fine salt, use half as much. Sprinkle salt evenly over the pork.

Step 4

Place the salted pork on top of the bacon - it needs to sit in one layer.

Step 5

Pour in water.

Step 6

Secure lid.

Step 7

Press "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" button (if using Instant Pot). Immediately press the + button until you have set the time for 90 minutes under high pressure. (If using a stovetop pressure cooker, cook on high heat until high pressure is reached, then lower heat to maintain high pressure for 75 minutes.)

Step 8

The electric pressure cooker will switch to a "Keep Warm" setting about 10 minutes after pressure cooking has stopped. It can sustain "Keep Warm" for 10 hours, if necessary.

Step 9

Allow pressure to reduce naturally. If you are impatient, allow it to reduce pressure for at least 15 minutes before manually releasing remaining pressure.

Step 10

Remove the pork and place in a large bowl. Place the cabbage wedges into the cooking liquid.

Step 11

Secure the lid. Pressure cook the cabbage for 2 minutes at high pressure. After pressure cooking has finished, allow it to reduce pressure naturally for 5 minutes, then quickly manually release any remaining steam.

Step 12

Meanwhile, shred the pork, and apportion into bowls. Place a wedge of cooked cabbage on top of each portion.

Step 13

Refrigerated leftovers will keep for 4 days; frozen will keep several months.

Tips & Variations

  • Pressure cooker
  • Large bowl
  • Chef's knife
  • Filet knife