“This will be the same as if you cooked the entire pig underground in an imu, and it can be done in your own oven on a smaller scale. It comes out exactly the same. If you have any questions e-mail me: AlanLeonetti@q.com”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 -5 lbs pork butt
  • 2 12 tablespoons hawaiian salt (substitute kosher salt)
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (crushed)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (powdered)
  • 1 banana leaf (substitute 4-5 whole, unpeeled bananas)
  • 4 -6 ti leaves (substitute aluminum foil)


  1. Trim any excess fat from the roast.
  2. Make several shallow long cuts along the roast or pierce liberally with a fork. (This allows the salt and liquid smoke to penetrate the meat.).
  3. Rub with salt, garlic, ginger, and liquid smoke. Wrap the roast with banana leaf or in the absence of same, place whole bananas on top of meat.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Cut the ribs from the ti leaves and wrap over the banana leaf. Substitute aluminum foil, if ti leaves are not available. (Ti leaves can often be obtained from a local florist). Tie securely with twine.
  6. Roast in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes per pound.
  7. When meat is done, remove ti leaves, banana leaf (or bananas) and pull the pork from the bone with 2 forks.

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