If you’re looking to turn a standard Pork Shoulder or Butt Roast(above) into fall off the bone tender Kalua Pork(below), then you’ve come to the right place. You don’t have to dig a hole in the ground and wrap the roast in banana leaves or burlap, either. I’m going to show you a simple recipe that can be cooked right in the oven and the results are absolutely incredible.
How to make an Oven Roasted Kalua Pork Roast
This Kalua Pork Roast is unbelievably amazing. The secret lies in the slow and low method and only two ingredients that give it that authentic fire roasted flavor everyone just devours. Liquid Smoke and Hawaiian Salt is all you need to take your standard Pork Roast to the next level. Kosher Salt is the alternative if the other isn’t available to you but there are a ton of other benefits derived from the Hawaiian salt that most people don’t know about and you can read about it HERE. And believe it or not, it really does effect the flavor and in my opinion its easily twice the difference. I also like to add a sauce that I partially derived from my Mongolian Beef recipe and it is fantastic over the pork and rice. Also, Kalua Pork is usually served with Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and my recipe for that is below as well.
There’s a very good reason why Pork Medallions, or in this case, why my Barbecue Pork medallion is so tender. It’s a Pork Tenderloin. So unless you over cook or burn the meat, it’s virtually impossible to not have silver dollar sized slices that practically melt in your mouth. The secret to my recipe is just a 24 hour marinade. As far as the rest goes, there really isn’t much to it. In fact you don’t even have to use any special dressing or any cure for the meat. Just your favorite BBQ Sauce!
Now let’s talk about taking it to the oven. Again, there’s nothing to it, but the way I was first introduced to the Barbecue Pork Medallion, we were hanging 1 lbs portions with meat hooks that draped over skewers on the top rack shelf of a meat locker oven. A pan on the bottom caught all the drippings. It’s very common to cook ribs, thighs or poultry this way as well. However, given that most of us don’t have restaurant size ovens in our kitchens, any pan or oven safe dish will do just fine. After a 24 hour marinade in your favorite Barbecue sauce, 350 degrees in your oven, for an hour and a half, will get you right where you want to be when your slicing up your succulent Barbecue Pork Medallion. And coming from a 5 dollar Tenderloin and possibly a 98 cent bottle of Honey and Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce, like I use from Kraft, how can you go wrong.
This is the way P.F. Chang’s makes their Pork Medallion, only they use their barbecue sauce, however. I have the recipe for that too.