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You can have an old school luau right in your own home with this killer dish.


Traditional Kalua pork is a Hawaiian delicacy, requiring an underground oven and often starring as the centerpiece to festive island celebrations. But you can make an equally rockin' dish using that slow cooker that's probably been collecting dust in your cupboards.

Start with a three-pound loin roast and cut it in half, seasoning the whole thing with salt and pepper. Now brown it in a large skillet to get some nice color – which also means flavor – on the meat.

Meanwhile, mix 2 cups of unsweetened pineapple juice, one can of crushed pineapple with its juices, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of sliced celery, 1/2 cup of cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of low-sodium soy sauce in a bowl.

Now, just place the browned meat in your slow-cooker and cover it with the pineapple and seasoning mixture. Place the cover on and let the meat stew for four to six hours until the scent of Hawaiian pork fills the house and the meat falls apart under a fork.

You can serve this delectable goodness with your favorite rice, quinoa or sautéed greens recipes for a fresh spin on mom's balanced, home-cooked meals.

With a three-pound roast, chances are that you'll have some leftovers. You'll be tempted to mow it down straight out of the fridge, but you can turn it into yet another gourmet-style meal as long as you have some tortillas or buns lying around. For example, these amazing Southwest Pulled-Pork Sandwiches or Luau Tacos are tasty fare whether you're having a party or just lounging in your living room.
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