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Hawaiian Kalua Pork

Hawaiian Kalua Pork ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #ovenbaked #smoky #pork #recipe

Here’s another delicious Hawaiian recipe I am making for the luau! I am so enjoying this virtual culinary trip. In Hawaii, they wrap an entire pig in banana leaves and smoke it in an underground pit. There is a grand ceremony at the luau when they pull the pig out of the pit. Then they shred the smoked meat.

Well, you can achieve much the same effect in your oven with a little Hawaiian salt and some liquid smoke. If you can find banana leaves, wrap your roast in banana leaves. Otherwise you can just put bananas (yes, bananas!) on top of the roast and wrap in aluminum foil.

The foil seals in the moisture and keeps the pork nice and moist. The meat comes out deliciously smoky and moist with just a touch of sweet from the bananas. The meat is great just to munch on by itself for dinner or snacks, but also goes well with the Hawaiian buns, or serve it over rice, or even in fried rice. So many delicious options …

Hawaiian Kalua Pork

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: About 10 - 12 servings

Hawaiian Kalua Pork


  • A 2.5 - 3 lb. shoulder or pork tenderloin roast (I recommend a shoulder roast)
  • 1 Tablespoon Hawaiian salt (I used Himalayan pink salt)
  • 1 Tablepoon liquid smoke seasoning
  • 2 - 3 bananas, peeled


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Set a large piece of aluminum foil in a pan large enough to hold the roast. Set the roast on the foil and either poke with a large fork or make cuts into the roast with a knife. (This allows the smoke seasoning to penetrate deep into the pork.)
  2. Rub the roast with salt & pour the liquid smoke over. Set the bananas on top of the roast.
  3. Cover with another piece of foil and fold the sides together to seal the roast in.
  4. Bake the roast at 325 for 45 minutes per pound. (I roasted mine for about 2 hours.) Remove the roast from the oven and leave it sealed. Let the pork rest at room temperature for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
  5. Discard the bananas and shred the pork with two forks, removing any fatty parts, then pour the juices from the bottom of the foil onto the shredded pork. Enjoy right away or refrigerate and reheat later.


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Hawaiian Kalua Pork ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #ovenbaked #smoky #pork #recipe

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12 Responses

  1. What a fun idea! The meat looks so good on those sandwiches. I think my husband would much prefer the huge pit but would take the sandwich regardless.

    June 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    • Ann

      I can’t disagree, Emily! A pit would be fun, but it’s so much easier to do it in the oven.

      June 21, 2016 at 8:46 pm

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  3. Hi Ann!
    We enjoyed the slow cooked Kalua Pork at an authentic Hawaiian luau while visiting Maui. It was a very fancy production called The Feast at Lele 🙂 I’ve been looking for a way to make Kalua pork at home ever since and still haven’t gotten it quite right. Your version looks amazing, and so easy! Can’t wait to try. XO ~M

    June 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  4. Ann

    I hope this is as good as you remember it, Melissa! My friends and I loved it … and yes, it is SO easy. I do recommend using the shoulder roast vs. the tenderloin. They both taste good, but if you use tenderloin, it’s really hard to shred.

    June 24, 2016 at 8:59 pm

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  8. Terry

    Hi. Can this be done in a crock pot? Oh and do you slice the bananas (long ways?) I’m just confused about the bananas, sorry.
    If you ever do one of those speedy cooking videos, I’d love to see this.
    Thanks so much!! I can’t wait to try this. I have 3 pork tenderloins in my freezer currently. I need something new!!

    August 16, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    • Ann

      Hi Terry,

      I have done it both ways, where I sliced the banana lengthwise and also where I just put the whole bananas on top. They both turned out great! Also, if you want to add some onion and garlic on top of the pork, that’s delicious too.

      I hope you find this as good as I did! My friends and family and I have been loving this pork all summer!

      Take care and let me know how it goes,


      August 20, 2016 at 9:19 pm

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