Cooking Meat for Survival – The Ground Oven

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Cooking Meat for Survival – The Ground Oven

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Anyone who has experienced a contemporary Hawaiian lu’au (feast) will find kalua pig a main part of the menu. Traditionally, the pig was cooked in an underground pit and served in plaited baskets made of coconut fronds or on large banana leaves. The shredded pork was just as tender and moist as a pork butt roasted in an electric or gas oven. The word kalua refers to the process of cooking in an earth oven (ka, the; lua, hole).