Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

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Wow. I don’t think you can come up with an easier recipe than this one! All you need is a big ass pork roast, a few slices of bacon, Hawaiian Sea Salt, and PATIENCE! Remember — quality matters when you’ve only got 3 ingredients!

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Here’s what I gathered to feed 8 people:

Here’s how I made it:

I grabbed a bag of Hawaiian Salt

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…lined the slow cooker with 3 slices of bacon…

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and removed the skin from the roast. 

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I did this arbitrarily and will probably leave the skin on the next time I make Kalua pork.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I weighed the pork so I could estimate how much salt to use. 

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Normally, I liberally salt my roasts like it’s raining cats and dogs. However, in this case, I wanted to be more judicious in my seasoning because the long cooking time would concentrate the salt. I followed Judy Rodger’s guideline of 3/4 teaspoon of medium-coarse salt to 1 pound of meat (fine salt is about half that amount).

Then, I tucked in the garlic cloves…

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and salted the pork all over.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I placed the roast on top of the bacon, skin-side up…

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…placed on the lid, and cooked the roast on low for ~16 hours. Don’t add any liquid!

When the pork was finished cooking…

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…I removed the meat and shredded it with two forks.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I checked the pork for seasoning and adjusted it with the cooking liquid that remained at the bottom of the pot. Don’t just shred the meat in the cooking liquid — it will be too salty! 

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Special thanks to my big sis for another easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy Paleo recipe!

Paleo Eats: 2/5/11

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Today was muy busy and I’m really tired so this post will be a quick recap of my grub and meal preparation.

For breakfast, I ate some leftover rotisserie chicken with cauliflower fried “rice” and stir fried Napa cabbage and bacon.

In the morning, I picked up my CSA box

…and dropped by Whole Paycheck to buy some last minute items for our Super Bowl party tomorrow.

When I returned home, I roasted off some red bell peppers that I’ll serve as part of a roasted vegetable platter tomorrow.

We spent a fun, laughter-filled afternoon at Big-O’s best friend’s house where we were fed a yummy homemade brunch (frittata, salad, and seared sausages).

Next, we went to a cousin’s daughter’s birthday bash at Bay Aerials Gymnastics where our kids jumped, tumbled, and swung on things for over an hour. Fitbomb’s cousin even served the kiddies a Primal-friendly meal: cubed cheese, diced ham, fruit, and veggies.

They’re better cave parents than us!

Right after the party, hubby and I went to dinner at Pampas to celebrate the same cousin’s 40th birthday. The company was fun and the grub was mighty tasty. This plate was one of several I devoured.

After dinner, we came home and I removed the brisket from the SousVide Supreme (147 F for 48 hours) and dunked it in an ice bath.

I’m searing this hunk ‘o meat tomorrow for the party. I hope it doesn’t taste like leather!

I also chopped up three onions and tossed them with three slices worth of diced bacon, salt, and pepper in the bottom of a large Dutch oven.

Then, I lay the marinated Boston pork butt on top…

…covered it, and placed it in the oven set at 250 F. I’m going to let the pork roast overnight (~8 hours) and broil the roast in the morning to give it some yummy char. I gotta get some much needed rest because I got a shitload to prep for tomorrow’s party. Good night!