Andi whipped together Kalua Pulled-Pork, a dish she's sampled in Hawaii, where LOST was filmed. She made one version with cabbage (the traditional way) and one without. Let me tell you, this pulled pork was delicious, flavorful, smoky and according to Andi, EASY.
I set the table with a quick island theme. The runner is from Target, the glasses from Anthropologie and the napkins were recent scores from Home Goods.
Here's the recipe, care of Andi. She says she learned the recipe from family friend Laurie Segawa. Traditionally, the dish is made by wrapping pork in palm leaves and cooking in an underground pit. Without palm leaves or a pit, Andi relied on her trusty Crock Pot.
Kalua Pulled Pork
- Boneless or bone-in pork shoulder. Use a cheaper cut of meat.
- Hawaiian salt (white or pink). Any coarse sea salt would work as well.
- Liquid smoke (found next to barbecue sauce at your grocery store).
- Sliced cabbage
- Sprinkle pork shoulder with Hawaiian salt.
- Douse pork with two tablespoons of liquid smoke.
- Cook on low in Crock Pot for about 8 hours until pork pulls apart easily with two forks.
- Heat the pulled pork and sliced cabbage in a dry pan on the stovetop until cabbage is wilted.
- Serve over white rice or by itself.