While in Hawaii a few months ago, we fell in love with a local dish called Kalua Pork.
Kalua (do not confuse with Kahlua, the liqueur) is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method in which pig is rubbed with salt, wrapped in ti leaves and cooked in an underground pit or oven. Deeply flavored, smoked, perfectly and simply seasoned, it is the backbone of the luau.
While we didn’t partake of a luau while there, we had several delicious meals that included Kalua Pork, and I was inspired to try it at home. I asked the waitress how to make it, and I took her simple description and ran with it.
I don’t have an underground oven in my backyard (do you? If so, invite me over!), but I figured my trusty slow cooker could stand in. While in Kauai, I bought some of the Alaea Red Hawaiian Sea Salt that is used in the dish. It is red salt colored by Hawaii’s mineral-rich, volcanic red clay, and is used as a rub for meat, chicken or fish to give it an authentic flavor of Hawaii. If you don’t have it, you can find it online, or just substitute kosher salt (don’t tell anyone) and call it a day.
Let’s make Kalua pig, which you will eat for several meals. Later I’ll give you another way to use it, in something called a “local bowl.” Honestly, I ate this 3 times in Hawaii; that’s how good it was!
Recipe: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Kalua Pork
Summary: Deeply porky, slightly smoky, perfectly and simply seasoned with traditional Hawaiian sea salt, Kalua Pork is a wonderful traditional Hawaiian meal. The slow cooker stands in for the underground oven.
- 2.5-pound pork shoulder butt roast, trimmed of large pieces of fat
- 1 ½ teaspoons Alaea Red Hawaiian Sea Salt
- 10 squirts hickory smoke flavoring
- Mist the inside of the crock with nonstick spray. Place all ingredients in the crock, put the lid on and cook on LOW for 12 hours (or 8 hours on LOW and 2 more hours on HIGH).
- Remove lid and, using two forks, shred meat in the crock.
- Serve meat with mashed potatoes, rice or another grain, and a green vegetable alongside. Pass barbecue sauce so each person may dribble a bit on their pork if they like.
- Serves 8. Or serves 4, with leftovers for another meal.
Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious
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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 12 hours
Diet tags: High protein, Paleo
Number of servings (yield): 8
Culinary tradition: English
This week our #SundaySupper crew is cooking one-pot dishes. Check out the variety of things we have cooked up for you! Try my Kalua Pork or find something else from the menu below that floats your boat:
‘Take the chill off’ Chilis, Soups, and Starters
- Spicy Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Eggplant Parmesan Soup by The Texan New Yorker
- Cream of Tomato and Tortellini Soup by Noshing With The Nolands
- Chicken Tortilla Soup by What Smells So Good?
- Chicken Corn Chowder by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Spinach and Mushroom Tortellini Soup by Neighborfood
- Lasagna Soup by The ROXX Box
- Beefy Skillet Nacho Bake by The Weekend Gourmet
- German Onion Soup by Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- White Bean and Spinach Soup by Ruffles & Truffles
- Korean Oxtail Soup (Kkori Gomtang) by kimchi MOM
- Fall Squash Chili by Pescetarian Journal
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili by Alida’s Kitchen
‘Put meat on your bones’ Stews
- Brew Stewed Beef by The Foodie Army Wife
- Dr. Pepper Shredded Chicken (slow cooker) by girlichef
- Pepper Beef Stew by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Red Wine, Carrots and Tomatoes by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Fabulous French Cassoulet by Webicurean
- Slowcooker Coq Au Vin by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Claypot Braised Tofu by My Trials in the Kitchen
- Moroccan Lentil Ragout with Poached Eggs by The Wimpy Vegetarian
‘Make room for seconds’ Main Dishes
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Kalua Pork by Shockingly Delicious
- Chicken and Dumplings by Hip Foodie Mom
- Spicy Tomato Pasta by Supper for a Steal
- Spicy Coconut Chicken Casserole by The Urban Mrs.
- Carnitas with Queso Fresco Enchiladas by Casa de Crews
- Slow Cooker Garlic and Herb Pork Chops and Veggies by Cookin’ Mimi
- Jambalaya by Country Girl in the Village
- Easy Oven Sweet & Sour Chicken by Momma’s Meals
- Asian Chicken Rice Pot by a distinguished palate
- Quick One Pot Red Beans and Rice by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Sweet & Sour Vegetarian Stir Fry by Foxes Love Lemons
- One-Pot Lentil Chicken by Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Beef and Quince Tajine by MarocMama
- Slow-Cooked Italian Beef Sandwiches by Juanita’s Cocina
- Sunday Supper Pork and Chorizo by Family Foodie
- Mediterranean Chicken Bake by The Dinner-Mom
- Easy Chorizo, Corn and Potatoes by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Crockpot Roasted Corn, Tomato and Broccoli Risotto by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Quick ‘n Easy Asian-Style Quinoa by NinjaBaking.com
- Pan-fried Chicken with Bacon and Asparagus by Food Lust People Love
- Vegetarian Chipotle Tamale Pie by Curious Cuisiniere
- Turkey Sausage and Noodle Pesto by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- One Pot Coconut Rice Shrimp Pilaf by Sue’s Nutrition Buzzz
- One Pot Spicy Pasta by Mess Makes Food
‘Can’t say no’ Desserts
- Vegan Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding by Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Busy-Day S’mores Cake by Treats & Trinkets
- Mascarpone Pumpkin Cheesecake in the Microwave by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Spice Apple Crisp by Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Flourless Almond Butter Cookies by Pies and Plots
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