Total Time
10hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 hrs

Our pastor's wife, while we were stationed in Hawaii, gave me this recipe. It taste just like the imu pit roast pork, like they serve at luaus. It's really easy to prepare too. I get tons of compliments and requests for the recipe every time I make it. It is really suppose to say 1 handful of rock salt, but the system won't take that as a measurement. I usually halve the recipe, so I'm not real sure how many servings this makes. I know it makes LOTS. Also - not sure what the size of the bottle is for liquid smoke, but it's small and I believe it is the only size you can buy at a regular grocery store. This can be frozen and tastes just as good, even a month later!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut deep slices in pork, make criss cross pattern.
  2. take handful hawaiian rock salt and rub it into the meat, making sure to get into the slices.
  3. drizzle one bottle of liquid smoke over pork, making sure it gets into cracks.
  4. sprinkle garlic and pepper over top of pork.
  5. lay onion rings on top.
  6. slice bananas into halves or thirds and lay on top of pork and in cracks.
  7. put a little water on bottom of pan.
  8. cover tightly with foil and slow bake over night at 250 to 300 degrees.
  9. when done, remove onions and bananas and shred meat.
Most Helpful

This recipe is wonderful and very easy. To quell any fears, There is no banana taste when cooked. I made two simple changes. First I used real pink Hawaiin salt instead of the rock salt (it does have a special flavor) and next I used a crockpot. I cooked the recipe on low for 8 hours and it was perfect. The recipe freezes and reheats quite well. It tastes great plain or with your favorite bbq sauce. Use it anyway you would use any other shredded meat.

Connie2499 February 23, 2010

Awesome! The banana is the secret to this I think, We made this for my daughter's Sweet 16, and it was an absolute hit! I used my roaster oven for the cooking of it, we put it on to roast around 7:00 p.m. the night before, and her party was the next day from 10:00-6:00 p.m.. The pork was so moist and tasty. And we served it on a bed of shredded cabbage.

michele October 29, 2012

I have a similar recipe for this. It uses coarse sea salt instead of rock salt and doesn't have the last four ingredients but the technique is the same. Also, if you want you can do this recipe in a slow cooker easily. Instead of covering the meat in foil and baking it in the oven you put it in a slow cooker and cook it on low over night or a minimum of 12 hours. (You'll have to restart your crockpot again if it won't cook longer than 10 hours like mine.) You can then shred the meat with the juices in the crockpot to soak the juices back into the meat.

Sabia February 09, 2007