Recipe courtesy of Sam Choy

Kalua Pork

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 4 hr
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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8 pounds pork butt

4 tablespoons Hawaiian salt, divided

4 tablespoons plus a few drops liquid smoke, divided

8 to 12 large ti leaves, ribs removed

2 cups boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. After scoring pork on all sides with 1/4-inch deep slits about 1-inch apart, rub with 3 tablespoons salt, then liquid smoke. Wrap the pork completely in ti leaves, tie with string, and wrap in foil. Place meat in a shallow roasting pan with 2 cups of water and roast for 4 hours. Dissolve 1 tablespoon Hawaiian salt in 2 cups boiling water and add a few drops of liquid smoke. Shred the cooked pork and let stand in this solution for a few minutes before serving.
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