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Mainland Luau Kalua Pig
Makes 16 to 24 servings.

Prep time: 15 min.
Cooking time: 3 hrs. to 3 hrs. 45 min.

4 to 5 - pounds pork butt
2-1/2 - Tablespoons Hawaiian salt (mainland substitute - kosher salt)
2 - Tablespoons liquid smoke
1 - banana leaf (mainland substitute - 4 to 5 whole, unpeeled bananas)
4 to 6 - Ti leaves (mainland substitute - aluminum foil)

Preheat oven to 325-350 F.

  • You want to trim any excess fat from the roast. 
  • Make several shallow long cuts along the roast or pierce liberally with a fork. 
  • Rub the pork with salt and liquid smoke. 
  • Next, wrap the roast with banana leaf or place whole bananas on top of meat.
  • Cut the ribs from the Ti leaves and wrap over the banana leaf. Substitute aluminum foils, if Ti leaves are not available. (You maybe able to obtain Ti leaves from a local florist). 
  • Tie securely with twine.
  • Place the pork in a roasting pan and roast in an oven for 3 to 3 hrs 45 min. (about 45 minutes per pound). 
  • When meat is done, remove Ti leaves, banana leaf (or bananas) and shred pork.

Picnicking & Tailgating

Make a day or two ahead.  Heat (on stove or in microwave) before leaving.  Pour into a thermal container and serve when you reach your destination.


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