The famous luau style pork made easy in the slow cooker. It's unbelievably tender, and deliciously flavorful! Makes around 3 lbs cooked pork (once bone and fat are removed).
Ready in: 14hours3minutes
6lbs.bone-in pork shoulder(aka pork butt or Boston butt)
1 1/2Tbspnatural liquid smoke flavor(mesquite or hickory)
1 1/2TbspHawaiian salt,Himalayan salt, or sea salt, then more if desired
If time allows, heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Dab roast dry with paper towels then sear in pot for about 3 minutes per side to brown (you can skip this step but it will add a bit of extra flavor, if skipping omit vegetable oil).
Place pork in 6 or 7 quart slow cooker. Drizzle liquid smoke over both sides.
Season both sides with salt.
Cover and cook on low heat 14 - 16 hours until incredibly tender.
Transfer to a cutting board (reserve liquid in slow cooker), shred pork with two forks while removing bone and excess fat.
If desired toss pork with about 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid (rendered broth and fat from pork).
Serve right away, or refrigerate in reserved liquid for a few days or freeze in reserved liquid for a few months. Thaw overnight and reheat over low heat in a pot on stovetop, tossing gently just occasionally, until heated through.
Roast doesn't need to be exactly 6 lbs. Just about any size will do but decrease or increase cook time slightly based on size and adjust seasonings accordingly.
See notes in script up above for Instant Pot and oven cooking instructions.