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Friday, August 10, 2012

Luau Kalua Pig

As the Olympics are winding down and the summer vacation is soon to be a thing of the past why not throw a luau.  It's much easier than you think.  Unless you have a pit already dug in your backyard and two little Hawaiian boys to watch the pig cook you might want to try this recipe.  If you close your eyes tight and use a little imagination you might think you are on the islands.
All you need is a pork butt, a couple bananas, Hawaiian salt or sea salt, and a couple drops of liquid smoke.
You will want to line a pan with foil.
Put your butt in the foil and make a couple of slits in the meat.
Sprinkle the salt across the meat.
A couple of dashes of the liquid smoke.  You don't want to use too much.  Then rub it into the meat.
This is the important part.  Place the bananas around and on top of the meat.  If you have banana leaves you can use those instead.
Wrap the foil around the meat well.  You will want to put it into a preheated 325 oven.  Cook the butt for about 45 minutes per pound.
The finished product.  I forgot to take a picture of the bananas.  They turn black so you will need to discard them.  Once the meat has cooled you can start pulling it like you would any other butt. It is important to let it cool if you want to continue to have finger prints.
Once you have pulled the meat you are ready for the music to begin.
Serve with Hawaiian rolls, fruit and some rice.  The only thing missing is poi.

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