Mini – Hawaiian Shredded Pork
Salty soy sauce, sweet honey, and tangy pineapple combine for a well-balanced barbecue sauce for this island-inspired recipe. Best served as a sandwich or with rice.
Servings Prep Time
4-6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4-6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 15ounce pineapple chunks with juice 1 canreserved
  • 1/2cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 2tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2tablespoons honey
  • 3cloves garlicpeeled and minced
  • 1tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1/2teaspoon Chinese 5 spice blend
  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4pound pork butt (shoulder)cut into 4 inch to 5-inch pieces
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon pepper
  • 1cup reserved pineapple juice pineapple chunks from drained can
  • 3 green onionssliced crosswise
  • Hawaiian rolls and prepared coleslaw for serving
To Prepare the Sauce
  1. Open the can of pineapple chunks. Pour out the juice into a small bowl. Set aside the pineapple chunks for later use.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, chili sauce, and Chinese 5 spice blend. Heat over medium-high heat until the sauce thickens. Set aside.
To Prepare the Pork
  1. Select the sauté function to heat the Instant Pot inner pot. Add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot. When the display reads “Hot,” add the pork pieces. Let the pork sit untouched for 3 to 4 minutes and then turn the pieces over to sear the other side. Don’t overload the pot. This might need to be done in batches.
  2. Press Cancel to turn off the sauté function. Add 1 cup of the reserved pineapple juice to deglaze the bottom of the inner pot, using a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits.
  3. Secure the lid, ensuring the valve is turned to the Sealing position. Press the Pressure Cook button and set the time to 60 minutes.
  4. Once cooking is complete, allow the appliance to natural release for 10 minutes; then turn the valve to the Venting position to release the pressure. When all the pressure is released, carefully remove the lid.
  5. Using tongs, remove the pork from the pot and place it on a serving platter. Using two forks, shred the pork, removing any large pieces of fat. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Pour the Hawaiian sauce over the shredded pork. Top with pineapple chunks and green onions. Serve the meat with Hawaiian rolls and coleslaw.