Monday, October 21, 2013

Luau Party!!

You're probably thinking, a luau... in the middle of fall?! That's odd. Well, I'm always up for a party that involves food, drinks and dress-up... so when my gym friend decided she wanted to do a luau-themed birthday party in October to celebrate her Pacific Islander heritage I was all in! I dug out my leis and grass skirt and set to work on some luau party food...

I made a big batch of my Slow Cooker Kalua Pork for the luau and served it with some delicious Hawaiian sweet rolls.

If you’ve ever been to a real Hawaiian luau... chances are you have had Kalua pig! Kalua is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method that utilizes a type of underground oven, called an imu. The word kalua, which literally means "to cook in an underground oven", is also used to describe the food cooked in this manner... like kalua pig or kalua turkey which are both commonly served at luau feasts!

The term "Kalua pork" has been used by famous Hawaiian cook Sam Choy to describe pork shoulder butt which is rubbed with sea salt, wrapped in ti leaves, and slowly cooked in oven using liquid mesquite smoke rather than an underground oven.

Bottom line... You don't need a whole pig or a pit in your backyard to bring the traditional flavors of Hawaii to your table! All you’ll need is a 6 lb. pork butt, liquid smoke, Hawaiian sea salt, and a slow cooker. This is the easiest and most delicious pulled pork I have ever had!

Kalua Pork in the Slow Cooker

1 - 6 pound pork butt roast (pork shoulder)
1 1/2 tablespoons Hawaiian sea salt
1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring

Pierce pork all over with a carving fork.

Rub salt then liquid smoke over meat.

Place roast in a slow cooker.

Cover, and cook on Low for 16 to 20 hours (or High for 8 to 10 hours), turning once during cooking time.

The Kalua Pork was a huge hit at the party!!!

I also made these cute little NutterButter flip-flops for the luau!! All you need is a package of NutterButter cookies and some colored decorating gel (don't use yellow, it barely showed up!). So cute and easy. I put the decorated cookies in the refrigerator before serving so the gel would set up.

One of the other girls took a watermelon, put a hole in the top, filled it with vodka, and let it sit overnight in the fridge. We cracked the watermelon open at the luau.... I have to say, that's some refreshing booze fruit!

Luau parties are a great time, and actually really easy to put together!

It was a fun night, with fun friends.... and delicious food!



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