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Hawaiian Pulled Pork Bowls

March 11, 2018 in dinner - 1 Comment - 2 min read


In my family, there are three people who all have birthdays in the month of February: my mom, my grandma, and my husband.  For the past five years, we have chosen one day to celebrate with extended family.  This year, my mom picked the dessert (she loves anything with chocolate) and Eric chose the dinner.  I think the cold weather we had prompted this summer recipe.

If you’ve made pulled pork before, you know that it usually is an all day affair.  However, with the Instant Pot, start to finish is under 2 hours.  It tastes just as good from the Pot as it is from a long day of roasting in the oven.  Liquid smoke helps achieve this flavor.


What is also nice about this recipe is that you can serve it buffet style.  There were 11 people over for dinner and letting each person place how much of each ingredient in the bowl made everyone happy.  You could also just make the meat and have it with bread, for pulled pork sandwiches.

Having the coconut oil to sear the pork, the pineapple juice to help keep it moist, and the Hawaiian teriyaki sauce for extra sweetness, this meat is amazing.  You’ll love the recipe. I promise.  Enjoy! xoxo


Hawaiian Pulled Pork Bowls

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Serves: 8

Kalua Pork:

4-5 lbs pork shoulder (butt–bone or no bone)

1 ½ T salt

1 T black pepper

2 T coconut oil

1 t liquid smoke

⅔ c pineapple juice concentrate

⅔ c water

Bowl Assembly:

4-6 cups cooked rice

½ head purple cabbage, shredded

4-5 medium carrots, cut into matchsticks

8 oz edamame, steamed

4 green onions, chopped

2 mangoes, peeled and sliced

Bunch of radishes, sliced thinly

Hawaiian teriyaki sauce (I used Mr. Yoshida)



Season the pork with salt and pepper.  Cut into 2-inch thick strips. (This helps speed up the cooking time.)

Press Saute on the Instant Pot.  Add the coconut oil and once melted, sear the pork on all sides.  Add the remaining ingredients. Hit Cancel and close and secure the lid on the Pot.  Press Manual and High and set for 100 minutes.

While the pork is cooking, prep all the other ingredients.

When the time is done, let the pressure cooker naturally release before removing the lid.  Using thongs, remove the pork from the pot and shred. Add the Hawaiian teriyaki sauce and mix to combine.

Place rice in a bowl and add the pork.  Add remaining fixings as desired.

Recipe Source: inspired by Market of Choice


Thanks for stopping by! I love baking and hope these recipes inspire you to create something wonderful in your kitchen. xoxo

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