Since I was a small child in Managua, Nicaragua, where I was born, I have always loved pork. And though I only spent a few short years of my life there, I still carry vivid memories of my childhood foods, foods my mother took part in cooking. Like preparing a whole pig for roasting in a pit, and slow cooked all day. It began in the very early morning hours. The pig, already slaughtered and cleaned, was well seasoned, inside and out, and dressed: the cavity stuffed with aromatics such as oranges, apples, onions, garlic. The roasted pig, perfectly golden, was presented on a wooden plank, encircled with fruit and an apple jammed in its mouth.
It wasn’t Hawaii but it was home!
This recipe, far from the advantage of cooking a whole pig in a hole in the ground, is a twist from a traditional Hawaiian recipe, Kalua Pork, here cooked in a crock-pot, slowly for 8 to 9 hours, and with the addition of real “Kahlua” liqueur. This recipe is so simple (go-to-work-and-leave-it kind-of-recipe) and so very delicious and so melt-in-your-mouth tender. A real treat!
Come; take a comfortable seat at our cozy table. Dinner is served!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 to 9 hours (in a slow cooker, at high setting)
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
1 tsp peanut oil for frying
4-5 lb Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder roast
In a heavy fry-pan, on medium-high heat, heat the oil and brown/sear the pork on all sides. Transfer to crock-pot, fat-side up.
1 large onion, sliced thin in quarter moons
In the same pan the pork roast was browned, [now] on medium heat, sauté the onion until just translucent.
Browned/Seared pork meat from steps 1
Sautéed onion from steps 2
1/2 cup Kahlua liqueur
1 Tbsp Teriyaki sauce
2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke flavoring
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp Gray Salt (or regular)
To the meat in the crocket pot add the rest of ingredients, covering meat with the onion. Cover the meat with the pot’s lid and turn the crock-pot to the high setting. Cook meat for 8 to 9 hours or until meat is falling apart tender.
Enjoy over plain rice, pasta, baked potato, in a sandwich or rolled in a tortilla.
Cook with heart; eat with gusto. Buen Provecho!