No luau is truly complete without a little bit (and more likely a lot!) of pork. Although the Price’s kindly reproduced how to create an authentic Hawaiian fire pit for a full roast pig, you don’t have to undergo that Herculean task in order to enjoy delicious Hawaiian style pork in the comfort of your own home. I found that this recipe from Epicurious did just the trick. My only suggestion is to simply forego the liquid smoke. I have tried this recipe both ways and have found that the liquid smoke kind of taints the flavour of the pork.
Where the Prices come in, is in the addition of a baked bananas recipe in lieu of the time-honoured apple sauce. There must thousands of recipes for baked bananas in tropical cuisines around the world. Each approximately the same and yet all slightly different in their nuances. The Hotel Hana-Maui’s baked bananas eschews the more perfumed spices like ground cloves and nutmeg for a more straightforward cinnamon seasoning. This works well as a side dish accompaniment for the pulled pork as it allows the pork to remain prominent within a composed bite without being distracted by more audacious flavourings. Pair this with your favourite BBQ sauce and you’ve got a winner.
2 tbls butter
2 tbls brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 350° F
Butter a baking dish with about 1/2 tbls of butter
Cut bananas in half lengthwise and lay in baking dish
Mix together the juice of 1/2 an orange, brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over bananas
Dot with 1 1/2 tbls of butter
Bake for 1 hour