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Kalua Style Pork in the Slow Cooker

   Kalua Pork is a Hawaiian comfort food, served at luau’s, parties, and in restaurants and diners in the islands.  It’s also frequently on the menu in Hawaiian homes.  You can make a delicious Kalua style pork in your slow cooker with only 3 ingredients.  Start with about 5 or 6 pounds of pork shoulder roast.  Rub it with liquid smoke, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons.  Then salt it well all over.  Hawaiian sea salt is the salt of choice, but if you don’t have that you can use any coarse sea salt. You have to plan ahead with this meal because it goes into the slow cooker on low heat for 16 hours.  I start mine the night before I plan to serve it.  You won’t need to add any liquid to the pot.  When it’s done, remove the meat from the slow cooker, and let it cool enough to handle.  Remove the juices from the pot and place in the freezer for  30 minutes or so, to solidify the fat for easy removal.  Remove bones and fat from the pork, and shred the meat using two forks.  Return the meat and the defatted juices to the pot, and keep warm until ready to serve.  Typically Kalua Pork is served with rice, but it’s also good with noodles.
Because you started with a large roast, you’re likely to have leftovers.  You could make sandwiches with your left over meat, adding barbeque sauce if you like.  I turned my leftovers into Spicy Pork Burritos and they were so good.  Lee liked them a lot.
First make a sauce:
1 can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with green chilies  (I pureed the tomatoes, undrained) mild for us
1/4 cup chili powder
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
salt to taste
If you want it more spicy, add a chopped jalapeno, or use the spicy Ro-Tel tomatoes.  Season it the way you like it.
Heat the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add the shredded pork and continue to simmer on low for 15 minutes.
Serve on large flour tortillas with lettuce, avocado, and sour cream.

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