Hawaiian Pulled Pork

Hawaiian Pulled Pork

Pulled pork sandwiches might be among my favorite meals of all time. Actually any sandwich that can be made in the crockpot tends to fall under the category of things I love. (e.g. buffalo chicken sandwiches and french dip sandwiches…yum!) This Hawaiian pulled pork recipe is no exception, and in fact, it’s my favorite pulled pork recipe to date. I love the combination of spicy and sweet, and the pork is so tender itΒ just falls apart as you shred it. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to prepare. You don’t even have to turn the oven on, a definite plus for the hot weather we’ve been having!

If this is any indication of how good it is, we’ve already had this meal three times since I discovered it a few months ago. I made it for my parents when they came to visit, and liked it so much that I made it for Mike’s parents to celebrate Father’s Day. My dad even went so far as to declare this his favorite homemade version of pulled pork. Have I convinced you yet? Make this meal and let me know what you think!

Hawaiian Pulled Pork

*Note: I seved these on homemade French Bread Rolls, which only made the sandwiches better. I try to have a constant supply of these wonderful rolls in the freezer at all times.

Hawaiian Pulled Pork


  • 2.5 lbs pork butt
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy! If you don't like spice, cut this amount in half)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 15oz can Pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  1. Place the pork into a slow cooker.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and pour on top of the pork. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or until the pork is falling apart.
  3. Using 2 forks, shred the pork while still in the slow cooker and cook for ~15 minutes longer to let it soak up the remaining juices.
  4. Serve on rolls or hamburger buns.

*I like to use these homemade rolls, slice them open and broil for a few minutes, cut side up with a slice of cheese before serving with the pork.

adapted from Whats Gaby Cooking

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  1. I gave up my slow cooker when leaving Denver, but have great success with a slow braise in the oven. Pulled pork is one of nature's wonders.

  2. The Hawaiian twist on pulled pork sounds delicious!

  3. Where's the longform version of this recipe?

  4. This looks really good. I love collecting recipes for pulled pork! I recently made one with root beer! Do you ever substitute other cuts of pork which have less fat?

  5. oh delish, my husband is begging me to make this!=

  6. This sounds so delicious. I know I would love trying it.

  7. my hubby would love this…yummy dinner!!

    great recipe-bookmarked

  8. Oooo, Megan, how I LOVE kahlua pork. Wanting to come over to your house right now…

  9. My boys love pulled pork sandwiches, great summer food! And those rolls look fantastic πŸ™‚

  10. This looks great! I love the little touch of pineapple…yum!

  11. I love crock pot recipes! In the summer, I leave my crock pot on the back patio and let it work its magic outside. Even a little bit of heat makes my house (in Phoenix) warmer in the summer. This pork looks fantastic! Will definitely have to give it a try πŸ™‚

  12. Mmmm…I just love pulled pork. I'll definitely have to try this!

  13. I'll bet the pineapple in there makes this so yummy! Gotta try it πŸ™‚

  14. this sounded great until i read the first ingredient! haha

  15. Oh my goodness this sandwich looks amazing. I'm in love with my slow cooker so I can't wait to try this out. YUM! πŸ™‚

  16. Tracy – I always use pork butt or pork shoulder. I do try to cut some of the fat off of it before cooking though. My mom has used pork loin, but we didn't think it was as good.

  17. You have no idea how much I wish I had a pork butt in my fridge right now. This sounds fantastic!!

  18. My family loves pulled pork, what a great recipe! Will have to try this next time I make it πŸ™‚

  19. I was so looking forward to tasting this after it cooked all day. I was so disappointed because it was so spicy I could barely eat it. The spice covered up all the other favors. I’m trying to figure out if I did something wrong. ?

    • I’m sorry you didn’t like it! I do remember it being pretty spicy the first time I made it. I thought it was slightly too spicy but my dad loved it that way so I left the amounts the same when I posted it. Now I cut back on half the spice when I make it because it’s more bearable to me that way. I’ll update the recipe to reflect that, thanks. Sorry again that you didn’t like it. I hope you try it again with less spice. πŸ™‚

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  21. I wish people wouldn’t leave comments to say things like, “this looks so good” or “what a great recipe. I want to try it”. SO not helpful! Only post after you’ve made it, then tell us what you thought. Who wants to read post after post about people who want to try a recipe?

    • I agree from a reader’s perspective – I love the comments from people who have actually tried the recipe. But from a blogger’s perspective, I also love the feedback from people who just think the recipe looks like one they want to try. It’s just nice to know that people are actually reading haha

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