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Hawaiian Kalua Pig Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Bunny Dehaan
Added: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
6-8 lb. pork butt
4 T. liquid smoke or half soy sauce/half liquid smoke
2-1/2 T. coarse sea salt
1-2 bananas
Ti Leaves, banana leaves, lettuce leave or enough corn husks to cover roast with thick layer of leaves (I use lettuce)
Foil
salt
1/2 c.water

Directions:
Directions:
Make light incisions in the pork roast. Sprinkle course salt all over the roast. Lay 2 leaves of lettuce (or other leaves) on large enough piece of heavy duty foil to be able to wrap up roast. Sprinkle with liquid smoke and cover rest of roast with more leaves.Tie securely with string. Wash and cut off and discard ends of bananas and place alongside roast.Wrap tightly in foil. Marinate in refrig overnight. To bake, place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan and bake at 500 for 30 min. Lower temp to 400 and bake for 4 to 4-1/2 hours (depending on weight of roast). Remove foil and string, discard leaves. Cut or tear pork into bitesize pieces that can be eaten by hand. Pour 1/2 cup water over it. Season to taste with salt.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is an easy version of roasting the whole Pig in a pit in the ground, but is just as tasty! This recipe came from the "Hawaiian Backyard Luau Cookbook" I've had since the early 1960's. We've made this many times for Hawaiian theme dinners. Patti cooked 4 roasts for their neighborhood 4th of July Block Party. There were over 75 people and every last bite was devoured up.

Tips:Very important to use heavy duty foil and seal up roast very tightly. This will ensure that the meat will be juicy. I get my roasts from Costco but you have to ask for them at the meat department, as they don't have them out on the shelf. I also have gone to the produce dept. at the grocery store and asked for the dicarded outer lettuce leaves to use for wrapping. Otherwise, just use leaves from a large head of lettuce.

 

 

 

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