Kalua Pork Recipes

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kalua pig recipes

Kalua pork is very easily made at home for a party or luau. Although for a traditional luau, you would need to dig a pit, or imu, and have a long, slow roast, there are other methods to get that wonderful Hawaiian taste.

You can cook your pork in a crock pot or in the oven, either way will give you a tender and moist pulled pork.


3-4 pound pork butt

1 1/2 tablespoons liquid smoke

Hawaiian salt or rock salt, to taste

6-8 ti leaves or banana leaves

Oven Kalua Pig

Preheat oven to 325º F.

Trim excess fat from the pork, then score the meat or pierce with a carving fork on all sides. Rub with the Hawaiian salt, then with one tablespoon liquid smoke. Wrap the pork with ti leaves, or banana leaves, then tie with cooking twine to secure tightly.

Place the wrapped pork into a roasting pan, then add two cups water. Add some Hawaiian salt and 1/2 tablespoon of liquid smoke to the water. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast for approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 170º F.

Remove the leaves and shred the pork with two forks. Allowing the meat to sit in the pan juices for 15 minutes prior to serving.

Serves 6-8

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

kalua pork

You can also easily cook your pork in the crock pot for a delicious and quick alternative.

Prepare with the salt and liquid smoke as previously described and place in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 16-20 hours.

Remove from the crockpot and shred with two forks, adding juice as needed.

Kalua Pig recipes are easy and delicious. Have a luau or party, invite some friends and accept the compliments. You will all have a guaranteed good time!

photo credit # 1 Andy Castro
Photo credit # 2 K Santos

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