Slow Cooker Hawaiian Barbeque Pork for Busy Families

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Now that the kiddos are back in school, my family is in the process of getting back to our routine.  We try to eat dinner together every night as a family.  With school, jobs, homework and our busy schedules, it’s often difficult to prepare a meal and eat at a reasonable time.  With my husband on active duty in the military, he is often not available in the afternoons or evenings to help run kids to activities, which means that I have even less time to prepare dinner.  Thank goodness for the slow cooker!  This slow cooker Hawaiian barbeque pork is one of my family’s favorites.  How do I know?  Because everyone goes back for seconds every time.

fork with roasted port on floral plate on wood table

 Like most families these days, we’re busy, busy, busy now that the kids are back in school and after-school activities have started up.  I’m buckling down and getting my family back into our routine, which is built around eating dinner together every night.  Since part of my job as a mom is to make sure we have healthy and budget-friendly meals, most of our meals are home cooked.  When the family routine gets busy, the slow cooker makes preparing a fresh dinner possible. 

I grew up in Hawai’i and love Hawaiian food.  My neighbor in Hawai’i, Greg,  gave me his recipe for Hawaiian barbeque sauce.  He makes his barbeque on the grill and it’s amazing.  I’ve adapted his sauce recipe to use in the slow cooker and it’s still amazing. Better yet, it has the added benefit of being easy to make for a busy mama with a busy schedule.

3 pork tenderloins in shopping cart

It all started with a quick trip to Safeway to pick up a Smithfield All Natural Pork tenderloin.  You can learn more about all the different Smithfield All Natural pork products at the Smithfield website or by following them on Facebook.

recipe ingredients in front of white slow cooker on wood table

Preparing this recipe is quick and easy in the morning of my busy day. You can find the complete recipe at the end of this post.

overhead view of spoon scooping out miso

 Mix the ingredients for the barbeque sauce well.  It takes a bit of extra mixing to blend the miso into the liquid.  It’s fine to leave some small chunks of miso, it’ll cook down in the slow cooker.

over head view of large glass measuring glass with sauce and ginger and garlic on table

Once you’ve mixed the sauce well, pour it over the pork loin in the crock pot and run out to start your busy day.  Preparation time only takes about 5 minutes.

close up of cooked pork on fork on red and orange floral plate with rice and salad

Once you return home from your busy day, simply cook up some rice and serve with salad.  Coleslaw is my favorite dish to serve with Slow Cooker Hawaiian Barbeque Pork.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Barbeque Pork
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
2815 calories
260 g
828 g
44 g
337 g
14 g
1928 g
31962 g
213 g
0 g
24 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2815
Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 828mg
Sodium 31962mg
Total Carbohydrates 260g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 213g
Protein 337g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2-3 lb pork tenderloin
  2. 2 cups shoyu (soy sauce)
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 4 cloves of garlic; minced
  5. 2 - 3 Tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  6. 1/4 cup miso (found in the Asian foods section)
  1. Place pork tenderloin in the slow cooker.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients well.
  3. Pour barbeque sauce over the pork in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook in slow cooker on low 6-9 hours.
  5. Shred pork with a fork and knife.
  6. Serve with rice.
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  1. I love slow cooker recipes! I am also a fan of BBQ pork. I have never tried Hawaiian BBQ, but I have all of the ingredients in the recipe, so I think it will go on my menu. Great recipe for a busy family!

  2. Hi Susan – Ditto with Cynthia – I am a huge fan of pork BBQ but never tried it the Hawaiian style. You should share more Hawaiian recipes! Hugs, Holly

  3. Mmm, this sounds so good! I’m definitely going to have to try this! I’m going to pin this for later so I don’t forget!

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