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Kalua Pig

This month we’ve taken on a challenge – one that involves blogging through the alphabet. Our theme for the challenge is food. I fell in love with kalua pig on my first trip to Hawaii. Kalua pig is the pork that is typically cooked in a ground pit but now I can make it in the oven at home with four ingredients.

Kalua Pig

This is such a simple yet mouth watering dish.  This has become a favorite for us. It is great served with lumpia and pancit.  You may not have Hawaiian Salt but that can be picked up easy enough at amazon.com.  Oriental and Filipino grocery stores should carry the banana leaves but if you don't have any near you the leaves can be replaced with bananas.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 pound pork butt
  • tablespoons Hawaiian salt substitute kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 banana leaf substitute 4-5 whole, unpeeled bananas
  • 4-6 ti leaves substitute aluminum foil

Instructions
 

  • Make several shallow long cuts along the roast or pierce liberally with a fork. (This allows the salt and liquid smoke to penetrate the meat.)
  • Rub with salt and liquid smoke.
  • Wrap the roast with banana leaf or, place whole bananas on top of meat.
  • Cut the ribs from the ti leaves and wrap over the banana leaf. Tie securely with twine.
  • Roast in a 325-350 degree oven for about 45 minutes per pound.
  • When meat is done, remove ti leaves, banana leaf (or bananas) and shred pork.
Keyword freezer friendly, kid friendly

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By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

8 replies on “Kalua Pig”

[…] If we ever found ourselves headed to Puerto Rico, I’d be sure to coincide our trip with Saborea, a huge festival celebrating the local food. You’ll get to see cooking demonstrations by culinary personalities and taste food from the islands finest restaurants. There can’t be a better way to learn about a culture! I think the lechón, charcoal spit-roasted pig, because it sounds so much like one of my favorite Hawaiian dishes, kalua pork. […]

[…] If we ever found ourselves headed to Puerto Rico, I'd be sure to coincide our trip with Saborea, a huge festival celebrating the local food. You'll get to see cooking demonstrations by culinary personalities and taste food from the islands finest restaurants. There can't be a better way to learn about a culture! I think the lechón, charcoal spit-roasted pig, because it sounds so much like one of my favorite Hawaiian dishes, kalua pork. […]

[…] Kalua pig – If you’ve ever been to a luau, you’re mouth probably hit the ground with the fantastic taste of the pork that came out of the ground (imu for those in the know). Now you can make a tastes-almost-like-the-real-thing version at home. We use aluminum foil because it’s hard to find ti leaves here. […]

Still catching up on A to Z Challenge blogs. Spotted your hula dancer and was pleased to see a recipe that didn’t feature pineapple or coconuts! I won’t tell you how much weight I’ve gained eating Macaroni Salad.
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