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    Hawaiian Kailua Pork

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    5 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    5 hrs

    Narshmellow's Note:

    Ohhhh... you have not lived until you've had Kailua Pork with Rice. Succulent, smoky flavor. Heavenly! This was given to me by my friend Andrea when she made it a year or so ago for a group of us and I begged her for the recipe. She grew up in Hawaii with her sisters and this is one recipe that they brought with them. Every ingredient is essential, don't skip them. I'm guessing at the servings but 5 lbs is a lot of meat.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. 2
      Line a 9 x 13 pan with one layer heavy duty aluminum foil or two sheets regular foil.
    3. 3
      Place half the spinach on the bottom where the roast will sit.
    4. 4
      Rub the roast with the salt (sea salt is the best flavor for your pork).
    5. 5
      Place on spinach bed then pour the whole bottle of liquid smoke over it.
    6. 6
      Layer the rest of the spinach on the top and roll the foil up around the pork to cover it entirely like a package.
    7. 7
      (the spinach should be surrounding it and the foil should make it so none of the juices spill out.) Bake in the oven for 5 hours.
    8. 8
      When done it will fall apart and it is shredded easily with a couple of forks.
    9. 9
      Excellent with sticky rice.
    10. 10
      (short-grain rice).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 02, 2010


      Just loved this recipe, and so simple. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I will make this again.

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    • on December 27, 2008


      Deliciouso! I had Kailua Pork as a kid growing up in Okinawa (Japan)--we had an Hawaiian neighbor who threw the world's best Hawaiian parties. She made the pig in the ground with banana and coconut fronds covering it. I loved this recipe because I didn't have to dig a pit or find banana leaves to cook it--thank goodness! The flavour is surprisingly very close to my neighbor's succulent pig. The spinach in this recipe acts much in the same way as the banana leaves--sealing in the juices of the pig. Use the sea salt--it's a much better flavor than the fine salt. Also, let the meat rest 7-10 minutes before shredding it. I served this with a "salsa" of sliced radishes, chopped cilantro, and green onions, and sea salt. We piled it high on toasted seseme seed buns. Delicious, and ALOHA! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

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    • on November 02, 2008


      I followed the directions exactly, and the pork came out great! Not salty at all, but I used course sea salt rather than fine sea salt, which the store had both of.. my house smelled GREAT for the 5 hours and I will definitely make this again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Hawaiian Kailua Pork

    Serving Size: 1 (123 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 494.4
    Calories from Fat 322
    Total Fat 35.8 g
    Saturated Fat 12.4 g
    Cholesterol 161.0 mg
    Sodium 1538.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 40.0 g

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