Oven Kalua Pork

108 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    5 h
  • Ready In

    5 h 30 m
Recipe by  Ruby

“Fire up the tiki torches -- it's time for a luau! This delicious slow-roasted pork is rubbed with sea salt and liquid smoke to recall the glorious flavors of pig cooked in a traditional Hawaiian imu. Once cooked and cooled, it can be shredded and served with poi, yams or even on a bun. You may use ordinary sea salt for this recipe if the Hawaiian variety is unavailable.”

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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Rub liquid smoke and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the salt into the skin of the pork. Wrap well in foil, and seal completely. Place in a roasting pan.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven until an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) is reached, about 5 hours. Remove from oven and let cool before shredding. Sprinkle the shredded meat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of salt.

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This is an ok recipe. I have been living in hawaii for the past 6 years and have made oven kalua pork lots of time. You need to add minced garlic, minced ginger and soy sauce (as much as you think your family will like). Cook the pork as directed in this recipe. I add the sea salt after shredding the pork, because of the saltiness of the soy sauce. Then place in oven to combine the flavors. I got my recipe from a lovely Hawaiian grandmother.

Dino II

Dino II

Being born and raised in Hawaii (now living in DC), my husband and I always keep an eye out for recipes that remind us of our time there. And, this one comes pretty close. Total prep time is a few minutes and clean up, because of the foil, is a breeze. Pork butt is also an inexpensive cut of meat. I've made this recipe using only Kosher salt (because sea salt wasn't available) and I've also used regular sea salt (as opposed to Hawaiian sea salt). If you decide to use Kosher salt, you may have to sprinkle a little more onto the cooked pork before serving. In the end, there's really no noticible difference. The Kalua pork is also VERY tender. I recommend this recipe.



Born and raised in the Islands and in the NW for 35 years, I rate this recipe OK. The authentic Hawaiian style combines garlic powder and Hawaiian salt to rub any meat used (pork, chicken, beef). The pan is lined with foil, then layered with banana leaves (frozen at Asian markets) which have been washed. The meat is placed on the leaves, liquid smoke sprinkled over top and then wrapped well. Leaves, then foil tightly enclosed. Couple cups of water at the bottom of the pan. Slow roast for hours, check water only. Only open foil near end to check doneness. Serve with sweet potato, poi, rice, long rice and/or poki, pineapple, haupia. We start roasting at 9pm and leave until 9am at 300 degrees.

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 251 cal
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 18.8 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 19.2 g
  • 38%
  • Cholesterol
  • 74 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 1495 mg
  • 60%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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