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1 (4-pound) pork butt
2 tablespoons liquid smoke
2 tablespoons coarse kosher or Hawaiian salt
1 banana leaf
With a sharp knife, make several shallow long cuts along the roast. Brush the meat with liquid smoke and rub it all over with salt. Wrap the meat (like a birthday present) with the banana leaf and tie it securely with butcher's twine. Cover the package with aluminum foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Kalua means to wrap food in leaves and steam over hot rocks, but this luau-style pork recipe doesn't require a whole hog or a big hole in the ground, just your smoker. Look for banana leaves in the frozen foods section of your Asian market.