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Mainland Luau Kalua Pig

Makes 16 to 24 servings

The centerpiece of a Hawaiian luau, which you can also make at home.

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


  • 4 to 5 - pounds pork butt
  • 2-1/2 - Tablespoon 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.

  1. You want to trim any excess fat from the roast. 
  2. Make several shallow long cuts along the roast or pierce liberally with a fork. 
  3. Rub the pork with salt and liquid smoke. 
  4. Next, wrap the roast with banana leaf or place whole bananas on top of meat.
  5. 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.
  6. Place the pork in a roasting pan and roast in an oven for 3 to 3 hrs 45 min. (about 45 minutes per pound). 
  7. When meat is done, remove Ti leaves, banana leaf (or bananas) and shred pork.

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