Kalua Pig, A Plantation Food Favorite


Kalua Pig, A Plantation Food Favorite
Kalua Pig,
A Plantation Food Favorite
By Kurt Winner
This is an easy crock pot version that anyone can make. Kalua pig is the whole pig that is
cooked in a pit in the ground known as an Imu. This dish is traditionally served at Luaus,
family gatherings and special occasions such as graduations, and birthdays. Local families in
Hawaii also make quick version with pre-made Kalua pork, but here we do a better version
from scratch using a crock pot/slow cooker.
Kalua Pig
Place the pork in a slow cooker with the beef
and chicken stock. Use enough stock here to fully
cover the pork roast. Cover and cook on the high
setting for a minimum of 6 hours adding stock if
needed. After slow cooking the pork, set the meat
aside remove the broth from the heat and let cool
• 3-4 lb pork loin roast or pork shoulder
to make skimming any fat easier. When the pork
• 1 large onion sliced
is cool enough to handle, shred it with fork and
• 4 plus cups beef stock
set aside. In a large stock pot add the olive oil,
• 4 plus cups chicken stock
• 1 medium cabbage roughly chopped
• ¼ teaspoon of liquid smoke
• 2-3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
onions and cabbage, saute the vegetables until
tender. Now add the shredded pork and some
of the beef/chicken stock to the pot. Continue to
• Hawaiian salt to taste
cook this until the vegetables are tender. Adjust
• Soy sauce to taste
seasonings here. This dish is served with poi and
short grain white or jasmine rice and shoyu (soy
sauce) for seasoning.