Posted by: kauaikolea2 | June 23, 2011

Kalua Pig, Lu’aus, and Other Hawaiian Goodies

You are back from your vacation on Kaua’i and you still dream of that kalua pig you had at the lu’au.  Your friends are tired of hearing about kalua pig, kalua pig, kalua pig while standing in the company cafeteria line.  You have a serious need to get back on a plane and head off for another plate of kalua pig.

Or maybe you are planning a vacation to Kaua’i and your friends are enticing you with their stories of kalua pig, kalua pig, kalua pig.

What is kalua pig in the first place?  Kalua pig is a whole pig cooked in all day an underground oven (an imu in Hawaiian) that is shredded and mixed with Hawaiian sea salt (yep, even our salt is better!) and served at lu’aus.

It is summer!  Why not cook a pig in your backyard?  Sounds like a plan until you begin to consider it seriously.  A whole pig? Your yard?  Will the Weber grill be adequate?

What about a smaller version of kalua pig that is more manageable and can still trigger great Hawaiian vacation memories or head you straight to your computer to book a flight and one of our superb Kauai vacation rental condos ( or 1 855 HULA NOW).

Kaula Pig At Home

4 – 5 lb pork butt

2 1/2 T Hawaiian salt

2 T liquid smoke

1 banana leaf (or 4 to 5 whole unpeeled bananas)

4 – 6 ti leaves (or aluminum foil)

Preheat oven to 325 to 350. Trim excess fat frm the butt roast. Make several shallow long cuts along the roast or pierce liberally with a fork to allow salt and liquid smoke to penetrate). Rub the meat with salt and liquid smoke and wrap the roast in the banana leaf.  If no banana leaves are available, place whole bananas on top of the roast. Cut the ribs from ti leaves and wrap over the banana leaf or lacking ti leaves, wrap the roast and bananas (if using, and you probably are) in foil.  Tie securely with twine. Place in roasting pan and roast for about 45 minutes per pound of meat. When meat is done, remove ti leaves or foil, banana leaf or bananas, and shred the pork.


Maybe you are more sedate in your cooking and ti and banana leaves are not easily found where you live, but you still gotta have kaula pig!  Here is a recipe that may be to your liking:

Roast Pork with Bananas Baked in Orange Juice

1 1/2 – 2 lb loin of pork

2 T finely chopped candied ginger

1/4 c soy sauce

6 – 8 medium bananas, slightly under ripe

1 medium orange, peeled and chunked

2 T orange juice

2 T lemon juice

1/3 c sugar

dash cinnamon

dash nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325. With a knife, make several slits in the pork. Insert 1 T of ginger into these slits. Combine rest of ginger and soy sauce. Place pork, fat side up, in roasting pan. Brush pork with some of the ginger-soy sauce mixture. For a well-done roast, bake for 1 3/4 hours, brushing with ginger-soy sauce several times. Remove from oven and let sit for 20 minutes before carving.  While roast is roasting, prepare bananas. Peel bananas and arrange in a shallow baking dish. Add orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  When pork comes out of the oven, slip in bananas and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and tender. Serve the baked bananas with the pork roast.


As yummo as these recipes are, nothing beats the fun and food of a lu’au!  Come visit us and experience kalua pig and other Hawaiian lu’au foods for yourself.

And stay with us:

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