Aloha! We got this recipe from the local newspaper here in Hawaii. The contributor of this recipe comes to us from Betty Shimabukuro. She has made the selection process easy because her passion for food radiates through her joy of cooking as she extends the aloha spirit to everyone. I also chose Betty's recipe 'cause her name reminds me of Betty Crocker (just joking!). Enjoy!
By: Betty Shimabukuro
2 pounds luau leaves, trimmed of stems and fibrous parts
3 pounds pork butt, cut in large chunks
3 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/4 cup sea salt, divided use
Ti leaves to line the crock pot
1 pound sweet potato, scrubbed, cut in 3/4-inch slices
** Blanch luau leaves in a pot of boiling water, cooking 2 to 3 minutes until wilted
(otherwise leaves will not fit into crock pot)
**Rub pork with 2 teaspoons liquid smoke and 2 Tablespoons salt
**Line bottom of 6-quart Crock-Pot with ti leaves
**Top with pork pieces
**Cover with half the luau leaves
**Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon salt
**Top with sweet potato and remaining luau leaves
(No need to add water. Liquid forms from the pork and luau leaves)
**Cover with more ti leaves
**Cook on LOW for approx. 5-6 hours
Ti leaves, Pork Butt, Kosher Salt,
Luau Leaves, Liquid Smoke
Liquid Smoke, Kosher Salt,
and Pork Butt
Boil a pot of water to prepare the
softening of the Luau leaves or it
won't fit into the crock pot.
Cut the stems from each of the Luau
Leaves while waiting for the water
Place the Luau leaves in boiling
Continue to add the Luau leaves
to the hot water to soften the
leaves. Then drain the water.
Rinse the Ti leaves and wipe with
a paper towel to dry. Start lining the
bottom of the crock pot with the
Be sure to overlap the Ti leaves
while placing on the bottom of the
crock pot because this is the base
for the Lau Lau.
Slice the Pork Butt into thick strips
Place the Pork Butt strips into a
large bowl. Rub the liquid smoke
and salt into the pork.
Place the slab atop the Ti leaves.
Line the pork slabs on the bottom
Start placing the leaves atop the
It should look completely covered
as pictured above. Don't forget
to sprinkle salt atop the Luau leaves.
Sweet Potatoes need to be rinsed,
trimmed, peeled, and sliced into
This is how the Sweet Potatoes
should look after cutting it into
Start placing the Sweet Potatoes
atop the Luau leaves in the crock
It should look like this when all of
the Sweet Potato chunks are in.
Sprinkle a dab of salt atop the
Use the remaining Luau Leaves to
cover the Sweet Potatoes. Don't
forget to sprinkle salt over the
Sweet Potatoes and atop the
Cut 3 Ti Leaves in half and place
at the top of the Luau Leaves and
cover the crock pot. Set it on LOW.
Let the magic happen in 5-6 hours.
This is how it will look when you
remove the cover.
After removing the Ti leaves. You
will be immediately greeted by the
Sweet Potatoes on the top.
Once everything is done...gently scoop down and pull out a piece of your very own onolicious lau lau. There are many variations of adding more surpises...however, we chose to keep it simple. We enjoy eating our lau lau with rice, potato/crab salad, ahi poke w/onions, and lomi lomi salmon. In fact, that's exactly what we did. Another favorite is to enjoy eating lau lau with poi. Stay tuned as our next dish will be Kalua Pork.