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BRAISED HAWAIIAN PORK ROAST

TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD

It is day two of my Oscar-themed meals. Today the Oscar goes to “The Descendants”. This movie takes place in modern-day Hawaii. Naturally, some luau food is in order. No, there won’t be any poi. But there will be luau pork; or at least something that comes close.

This pork has many flavors of paradise seeped into it. It is cooked low and slow. The result is the most tender and succulent meat that literally falls apart with the slightest touch of a fork. Pile it high on a soft bun or roll and add a fresh fruit tropical salad on the side. Play a little Don Ho in the background and you will be whisked away to the warm island breezes and the forever friendly people of Hawaii.

Braised Pork Roast Ingredients:

1 pork roast, your choice of size (usually a shoulder or butt – however my local store only had blade and it worked out great)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp Hawaiian sea salt or kosher salt

2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Canola or olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

1 (3 inch) piece ginger, sliced

4 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped

1 c pineapple juice

2 c chicken broth

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

In a small bowl combine brown sugar, salt, paprika, cumin, and black pepper. Sprinkle it on all sides of your roast and give that thing a good massage.

In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat up 3 tablespoons of oil and sear the roast on all sides. Transfer roast to a plate.

Add a couple more tablespoons of oil to the pot along with the onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté until onion is almost translucent. Pour in pineapple juice and chicken stock. If there is any dry seasoning left over, sprinkle a few teaspoons in too. Return roast to the pot and cover. Place pot in oven to braise until pork is fork tender (about 3 hours).

Remove the roast from the pot and place on a platter. Use a fork to shred the meat and remove any large pieces of fat. Pile up the shredded pork on a warm roll or bun.

Serve with a fresh fruit tropical salad of your choosing.

Mahalo!

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