Hawaiian Pulled Pork

I love pulled pork, but I’ve been doing it the same way for so long, I thought it was time for a change in flavor. I got my inspiration for this recipe from Sandra Lee. I know alot of people don’t seem to like her at all, but I do like the ideas behind many of her recipes. I made some changes from her original recipe to something that was better suited to our tastes and a little more “homemade.” The sauce has a great Hawaiian flavor with added pineapple juice and teriyaki sauce. It’s a little sweet and little spicy. You can adjust the amount of sriracha to get the spicy flavor just the way you like it. We added 3 tablespoons, and it wasn’t too spicy for my son to enjoy a huge sandwich.

I’m off shopping today to get my son his first cowboy hat. We’re going to our first rodeo since I think ’98, the Silverspurs Rodeo. I can’t wait to see the girls barrel racing, that’s my favorite event. However, they have a new event to me, muttin bustin’, an alternative for the little cowboys and cowgirls. This is, as described by their site, little kids riding on the back of adult sheep bareback for at least 8 seconds. Sounds too precious for words.

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Hawaiian Pulled Pork

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1 - 3.5 lb pork shoulder, boston butt
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 - 6 oz can tomato paste
1 tablespoon or more hot chili sauce (sriracha) Optional
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger


1. Add all ingredients but pork to crockpot. Stir well. Add pork. Turn crockpot on low and cook for 8 hours, or till when pork is falling apart.

2. Break pork up with a spoon, or shred with two forks. Sauce should be pretty thick, if it's still two thin, turn crock pot to high until it thickens.

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  21 Responses to “Hawaiian Pulled Pork”

  1. Apron Appeal — June 4, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    “I got my inspiration for this recipe from Sandra Lee. I know alot of people don’t seem to like her at all, but I do like the ideas behind many of her recipes.” I’m learning that dislike only comes from the foodie industry. The rest of real world LOVES her. Everyone is looking to simplify and she does it well. sure the additives and processed foods ya da ya da, but again, I don’t think most people pay attention to that they just want to feed their family without spending an hour or more in the kitchen.

  2. Jacki — June 4, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    This looks delicious! We are buying a whole processed hog in a few weeks and I look forward to trying this recipe.

  3. Marla — June 4, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Angie, hope you guys have an amazing time at the rodeo. Love your Hawaiian twist on classic pulled pork.

  4. Gene Bowker — June 5, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I bet that would be good on those little King Hawaiian rolls!

  5. Taylor — June 5, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Oooh the sauce for this pork looks absolutely delicious!

  6. Maria — June 6, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Josh will love this recipe! Great for summer too!

  7. Jennifer — June 6, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    I lived in Hawaii for a long time , and sick and tired of people calling food hawaiian if it has pinapple in it -__-

  8. Belinda @zomppa — June 6, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    Yum – what wonderful flavors!! A rodeo – HOW FUN!!

  9. kita — June 17, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    holy wow – this looks amazing!

  10. Mike — August 7, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    RT @EclecticRecipes: Hawaiian Pulled Pork http://t.co/R9p4eCU

  11. Amanda — September 25, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    That looks delicious! Stumbled!

  12. Cat Davis - Food Family Finds — November 29, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    Oh wow, that looks so good. I love the dark color from the sauce.

  13. Gena — January 25, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    I cooked a pork shoulder in the crock pot for the first time last weekend and found your recipe for the sauce. It was fabulous! Thanks for posting the recipe–you made a family really happy.

  14. Sarah — February 3, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    Can I ask how the recipe taste without the pineapple juice? It looks wonderful, but I dislike the taste of pineapple with meat.

  15. Vosper — February 6, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    I made this but substituted the Hot Chili Sauce for some Sweet Baby Ray’s and it was amazing. Thanks so much for the recipe, I’ve been sitting on it waiting for the right weekend since I stumbled upon it months ago!


  16. Julie — March 3, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Hi! I’m going to make this next weekend (looks amazing). Do you know how many people this recipe will feed? Thanks in advance!

    • Angie — March 3, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

      At least 4 adults, depending on how hungry they are 🙂

  17. Allison — January 28, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Found this on Pinterest about a year ago, and finally made it tonight! I used a 2 lb pork loin instead of a boston butt and used 2 T of Sriracha. Hubby and I thought it was really good! I will be making this again! Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

  18. Tim — February 4, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    Looks great, but I don’t understand the addition of the teriyaki sauce, why not just add more brown sugar and soy as that is pretty much all teriyaki is.

  19. Eric — May 6, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    Now what if I don’t have a crockpot, will this work in a regular pot?

  20. Angie — May 7, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    Eric- it will work on the stovetop on simmer too 🙂

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