This recipe is a slight departure from the original one that my mom makes. If you follow the instructions up to the shredding part you have kalua pig, the same flavor as you would have at a luau, which you may serve with steamed rice. If you continue on you will have the spicy pulled pork sandwiches we had today. I also used the Poor Man’s Sweet and Sour recipe from February 7.
What you need. 3 1/2 to 4 pound pork shoulder butt, 1 head of cabbage, 1 tablespoon hawaiian sea salt (kosher salt works too), 1-2 teaspoons Wright’s Liquid Smoke, 1/4 cup of water, crock pot.
Make several slits into pork shoulder with 3 1/2 inch paring knife and put a pinch of hawaiian rock salt into slits. Space slits all around the pork shoulder. Next rub liquid smoke into the pork shoulder. In the crock pot, make a bed of the cabbage leaves.Hint: they are easier to separate if you core the cabbage and place it into the microwave for about 2 minutes at 40 percent power. After you make a layer across the bottom and part way up the sides of the crock pot place the prepared pork shoulder into the center. Continue to separate the cabbage leaves and build up the sides and cover the top of the pork shoulder. Once you are done, add 1/4 cup of water to keep the leaves from burning on the bottom of the crock pot.
Set the crock pot to low and let slow cook for 10 hours or until pork shreds easily. Remove the cabbage from the crock pot. (Our family likes to remove the cabbage and serve as a side dish when we have this as kalua pig.) Once the cabbage is removed, take the pork shoulder out, reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid and pour out the rest. Shred pork with two forks, try to remove any fat you notice as you shred.
After shredding, add 1/2 cup of spicy yakitori sauce to shredded pork, mix well. Add more sauce if desired. Drizzle some of the reserved liquid to moisten shredded pork and return to crock pot to warm for about a half hour. Add more reserved liquid if necessary. Take a fresh baked roll and cut in half and place pulled pork mixture on top. At this point I drizzled the Poor Man’s Sweet and Sour on top. As they say in Hawaii, very onolicious (good)!