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    Kalua Pork

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    10 hrs 25 mins

    25 mins

    10 hrs

    Color Guard Mom's Note:

    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!

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

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 23, 2010


      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.

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    • on October 29, 2012


      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.

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    • on July 11, 2010

      Hello CGM. Thank You,& God Bless you 4 this AMAZING recipe. (I got the rock salt in walmart for $1.)I took it to work @ JFK for July 4th and everyone fell in love with this. It was a nice change of pace from the usual July 4th fare. It was affordable, simple to prepare & TAST-IE!! I also read your profile & am doubly impressed!!! Be encouraged

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    Nutritional Facts for Kalua Pork

    Serving Size: 1 (0 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 0.0
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 0.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    pork butt

    rock salt

    liquid smoke

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