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Slow Cooker Kālua Pig

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Slow Cooker Kālua Pig: all the deliciously tender flavors of Hawaiian Kālua Pig made easy in a slow cooker.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds Boneless Pork Shoulder, Trimmed Of Excess Fat
  • Sea Salt (Hawaiian Sea Salt If Possible)
  • ½ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 4 whole Banana Leaves
  • 1 cup Thinly Sliced White Onions
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Smashed
  • 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns
  • 2 whole Dried Bay Leaves
  • 5 dashes Liquid Smoke (more To Taste)

Preparation

Using paper towels, dry off the pork and generously season with 1 teaspoon sea salt and black pepper.

Line the bottom of the slow cooker with banana leaves, setting aside one to top off the pork. Place the seasoned pork shoulder in the cooker and top with the onions, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves. Wrap the remaining banana leaf over the top and cover the slow cooker. Cook the pork on low heat for 10 – 12 hours (see note below).

Once done, carefully remove the pork from the slow cooker and place on a platter or large dish. Using two forks, shred the meat into pieces.

Skim and discard the fat and oil from the liquids left in the slow cooker. Pour the liquid over the shredded pork and stir in the liquid smoke. Taste and season with additional sea salt as needed.

Serve over rice or Hawaiian sweet rolls.

Note: You can also cook the pork over high heat for about 5-6 hours but I prefer the texture of the low and slow method.

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cookman73 on 8.26.2014

If you have a Mexican Grocery store nearby, they MIGHT carry them. Some folks use them instead of corn husks for wrapping tamales.

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Rindy Germano on 8.14.2014

Where can a find banana leaves?

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