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Megans Cookin: Uncle Jim's Kalua Pork

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Uncle Jim's Kalua Pork

My nephew recently shared a recipe with me that he and a few friends came up with. Kalua Pork. Most people think it is Kahlua (the liqueur) Pork. This is false. Kalua is a Hawaiian word meaning "to cook in an underground oven" My nephew has used this recipe for many parties and wedding receptions. After losing a coin toss, it's named after his friend and co-creator, Jim. But to me, it will always be known as My Nephew Mike's Favorite Pork.
In his own words words, I give you his recipe!

Kalua Pork

Place 5 to 10 pounds (or more...depending on your guest count!) of pork butt or pork shoulder into a large, deep roasting pan...'fatty' side up.

Pour 3/4 of a can of pineapple juice over the pork.
Pour 3 ounces of any type liquid smoke over the pork.

Cover the entire top of the pork with a thin, but still generous, layer of sea salt. (I used Himalayan Pink Sea Salt)

Cover the roasting pan with 3 layers of heavy duty aluminum foil, crimping it tight around the edges for a good seal. I use a roasting pan with a 'lip' on it, to ensure I can crimp the foil tight.

Bake the pork for 5 more, no 350 degrees. Don't touch it....don't check it...don't look at it....set the timer...and forget about it! Take it out of the oven and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then peel back the foil and shred the pork with a large kitchen fork.

It will, literally, fall right apart for you...into the remaining juices! Serve it with white rice and cabbage, if you like...Island Style!

This last step is very important....please read carefully! As your guests ooooh and ahhh over the delicious smell and taste of the Kalua tell them a 'Big Whopper' of a lie! Yes...that's LIE!

You tell them that you and your honey (if ya got one!) went out and hunted the wild pig yesterday...risking 'life and limb' as it charged you! You threw the on....and nailed that sucker right between the eyes! You then came home....gutted, skinned and cleaned the beast....after went out in the back yard....dug an IMU PIT 4 feet deep into the ground....covered the pig with ti leaves...put red hot lava rocks over the covered pig....buried it back into the dirt....and roasted the durn thing overnight....ESPECIALLY FOR THEM! You then explain're completely exhausted from all that hard work...BUT, also....that NOTHING is too good for YOUR family and friends! You'll be the HERO and everyone will marvel at your talent, tenacity and, most of all.....your love for them! Works every!
Aloha Nui Loa!


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Blogger Reeniā™„ said...

What a great story! The pork looks incredible, moist and tender!

February 22, 2009 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Gloria Chadwick said...

I love how you risked life and limb to create a feast for your friends and family. LOL.

February 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I've only ever had kalua pork in hawaii, can't wait to try making it at home!

February 22, 2009 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger April said...

Love the pork! Sounds delish! Love the story too!

February 22, 2009 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Oh nice pork...sounds delicious with lots of depth of flavor.

February 22, 2009 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

The pok sounds fantastic. I've been busy getting caught up on your blog. I've missed you.

February 23, 2009 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I love making family recipes!!

February 23, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

mmmmmmmm It looks SO tender!!!! I'll take a big plate full :)

February 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I wonder what would happen if I tried that with a brisket.

February 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

I dont think anyone would believe m,e in that lie, but the recipe is incredible!

February 23, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Dragon said...

Thanks for sharing this story with us. The pork sounds so good. :)

February 23, 2009 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Megan this rocks! I love slow roasted pork.. or any other meat that cooks long in the oven. I wish the aroma of slow roasting meats could be marketed!

And the little tale.. lol. love it!

February 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Yup! I'm revealing them all on my Thursday post! You can be a pie princess!

February 24, 2009 at 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Jude said...

It's tough to beat slow-cooked pork like this. I too thought that there was some liqueur involved :)

February 25, 2009 at 10:22 PM  

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