Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kalua Pork

This pork is AMAZING!!! Let me tell you if you want an easy meal this is one for you. It takes some thought before hand because it takes hours of cooking time but with only three ingredients, well I guess four if you count water, it only take 5 minutes to put together and throw in the oven and then hours later you have an intensely juicy flavorful pork. Ever since my husband had this at some friends house while I was out of town and told me how wonderful it was I knew we needed to try it at home. I found this recipe over at Mel's kitchen Cafe. We ate this with rice and roasted veggies. This recipe makes a ton but it freezes well and you can also use it in a variety of other things like enchiladas, quesadillas, soup, egg rolls, potstickers, pulled pork sandwiches, etc.
Kalua Pork
10-12 lbs pork butt shoulder roast(I used a mixture of a butt shoulder roast, pork loin, and  pork sirloin roast-just don't use all pork loin or your meat will be too dry you need the fatter roast)
2-3 T. sea salt or kosher salt
1 bottle liquid smoke
1 1/2 cup water

PLace the pork in a roasting pan.Rub the salt all over the pork roasts. Pour the bottle of liquid smoke all over and around the roasts. Pour the water over. Cover the roasting pan TIGHTLY!!! with tin foil and place in a preheated 375 degree oven and bake for 5-7 hours(i did mine for 6 and it was perfect) Do not open and look at the meat it needs to stay covered so the steam can make the meat super moist and tender. Take out after the 7 hours and shred with two forks and serve with rice.
Note: don't be tempted to cook the meat quicker at a higher temp it will make the meat tough and I have read from others they did this in a crock pot covered with tin foil and lid on LOW HEAT for 14-16 hours again the stressed not doing it on high heat and less hours

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