Thursday, August 15, 2013

Crockpot Kalua Pig

When my oldest daughter turned 2 we decided to throw her a luau to celebrate.  I am a planner, so I started months before trying to figure out just what to do for it.  During that time we attended a baby blessing (like a christening) for some dear friends of ours.  He is from Maui and she's from California.  So, needless to say there was a lot of really great food afterward.  Kalua Pig being one of them.  I knew that it would be the perfect meal for the birthday party... Easy and inexpensive to feed a crowd. 

Since that day, it has become a family favorite!  It freezes well too, so you can make a large roast and freeze portions for later.  Gives you the taste of Hawaii, without having to dig a pit and buy a whole pig.  Perfect  blend of salty and smoky on top of nutty brown rice, not much to look at but unbelievable flavor!

Kalua Pig

1 5-6 lb pork roast (bone in is best, adds flavor, but pork loin roast works too)
3 tbsp liquid smoke
Course sea salt

Place the pork roast in the crockpot, coat generously with salt (I mean very generously).  Pour in the liquid smoke, and add enough water to just about cover the pork roast, leaving about 1/4 uncovered at the top.  Cook it on low for 10-12 hours.  Check on the meat after about 5 hours of cooking, it may need more salt, add the salt to the water, not directly to the roast.  Continue cooking and shred the meat, serve over rice.

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