Kalua Pork is a traditional Hawaii dish served at luaus. According to Wikipedia, “Kālua is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method that utilizes an imu, a type of underground oven. The word kālua literally means “to cook in an underground oven”. The traditional dish is wrapped up in Ti leaves, similar to bananas leaves, and slow cooked in an underground oven.
Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not digging a hole in my backyard to cook dinner in. There has to be an easier way to get the flavor of this dish without all that work. There is and it is SO simple. There are a few ways. You can always slow roast the pork (wrapped in several layers of foil) in the oven at 200 F overnight or on the charcoal grill. The easiest way is in the crock pot. Yes, you heard me, the slow cooker. It’s no mess, hands free, and oh so easy.
1 Pork shoulder roast, 6-7 pounds
2 bananas in their skins
Liquid smoke, optional
1 tablespoon salt
- Trim off any excessive fat off the roast.
- Season the pork with salt and place it in the crock pot.
- Place 2 bananas with their skins on top of the roast.
- Place a dash or two of liquid smoke, if using on top of roast.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- When cooked, discard the bananas and shred the meat.
For an authentic Hawaiian meal, serve with Hawaiian Plate Lunch Macaroni Salad and steamed rice.