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Oven Kalua Pork

In this video, you’ll see how to make succulent luau-style slow-roasted shredded pork. Pork butt is rubbed with sea salt and liquid smoke and baked slow and low. That’s it, just three ingredients and 5 hours in the oven! Hawaiian sea salt is best for the rub, but other sea salts will do in a pinch. The flavor and succulence of this pork recall the pigs traditionally roasted at Hawaiian luaus in underground ovens. Watch the video, then get Ruby’s 5-star recipe for Oven Kalua Pork. Serve on buns or alongside poi and yams for a luau-worthy feast.

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  • kavery

I actually have a question. Another person said she cooks hers at 150 so it doesn't dry out. Is that too low?

  • bevasanders

I also lived in Hawaii for 17 years and learned to cook Kailua Pig from a Hawaiian neighbor. First, I cook my pork butt or shoulder at 500 degrees for 30 min and then turn it down to 375 degrees for 4 hrs, depending on lbs. It is also seasoned with Kosher salt and Liquid Smoke, then wrapped in aluminum foil. I also serve it with Poi, macaroni salad, rice, and lomi lomi salad. On the second day, the left overs are stir-fried with chopped cabbage, seasoned with soy sauce & hot sauce to taste. It is served with rice.

  • KimandDennis Bemis

I never cook my Kalua pork in anything other than a slow cooker.