Incorporate cultural practices while making a delicious meal
What You Need:
- Pork butt, 3 lbs
- Hawaiian (or sea) salt, 3-T
- Water, ½ gal.
- Ti leaves (rinse and remove core)
- *½ tsp Liquid Smoke (optional)
What To Do:
- Have keiki help pour water into medium roasting pan.
- Rub Hawaiian (or sea) salt on pork.
- Help keiki wrap pork with ti leaves and place it in the roasting pan. Talk about the cultural practice of cooking Kalua Pig in an “Imu” (underground oven).
- Cover roasting pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 2-3 hours, or until meat is soft.
- As it is cooking, show keiki how the traditional imu is built with pictures or videos such as https://vimeo.com/141860403
- Remove foil and ti leaves, debone and shred pork.
- Add liquid smoke and more Hawaiian salt to taste.
Adapted from: https://www.polynesia.com/recipes/main-dishes/kalua-puaa
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