Did you know I went to Hawaii a couple of months ago? It was glorious, beautiful, and oh-so-relaxing. And I am trying to close my eyes and go back even if it’s just in my head. But in the meantime, I at least have the option to cook some of the delightful food I had. The first order of business this week was to try my hand at Kalua Pork.
Now Kalua Pork was introduced to me at a luau I went to. Check out the gorgeous plate of food I ended up with that night. Talk about a food blogger’s version of heaven…amazing, colorful food in front of me, a mai tai in hand and the sun setting over the ocean to my left. Not a bad day at all. One of the food items I remembered the most was the Kalua pork, which I’m pretty sure I could have eaten an entire plate of…good thing I didn’t though.
And I just happened to find this recipe…it seems like fate because I haven’t the slightest idea how it found me. What was even better was how freaking easy this recipe was. First off, the pork is cooked in the crock-pot, which always makes our lives easier. Secondly, there are 3, count ’em 3, ingredients you need: Pork, liquid smoke, and salt. Now the recipe calls for a Hawaiian sea salt, which wouldn’t ya know, I happened to buy a TON of sea salt for myself and my mom when I was in Hawaii, so I was all set!
Pulling it all together was a cinch. Just mix together the Hawaiian sea salt and liquid smoke. Then move to the pork (I used a pork sirloin roast) and simply pierce it all over with a fork. Place the pork in the crock-pot and pour the salt/liquid smoke mixture over one side of the pork and rub it in. Then flip over the pork and pour the rest of the mixture over the pork and rub it all over. That’s it! Put the crock-pot on a very low setting and cook it for 16-20 hours, flipping once during cooking.
The end result is super tender pork that easily shreds with a fork. Plus it has this incredible smoky flavor thanks to the liquid smoke. Side note, my hands smelled like liquid smoke for hours after I rubbed it into the pork. One of my lovely Twitter followers suggested washing my hands with salt or lemon, and I can attest that the salt rub did in fact help reduce the smoky smell of my skin! (Hallelujah!)
Now my family and I were eating this Kalua Pork with our favorite BBQ sauce and made a sandwich out of it. But it is delicious on its own or really use your imagination! I can’t wait to hear your favorite way to serve this pork dish. So definitely click here for this fabulous recipe and step by step instructions!