pork buns
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Hawaiian Sweet Bread and Crockpot Kalua Pig

pork buns


We moved to Florida from Hawaii about four years ago and every once in awhile, something will really, really make us miss the islands.

We always kind of miss the islands–but sometimes we REALLY MISS them.

And, that happened to us last Friday night. You see, my husband is a big time surfer and I, although not a surfer, really have an appreciation for surfing and LOVE watching it. The other night, a friend posted a link to SURFLINE’s web page where they were streaming, LIVE, in high defition, the swell that had just arrived in Waikiki.

We were sitting on our bed, in Florida, watching surfers in Hawaii surf in real time. On waves that we were very familiar with.

It was kind of painful to watch. More for my husband than me. I wanted to be there to jump in the water and eat some good food–but he wanted to be there in the waves.

So, I decided to make him a little something that would make him feel a little less homesick–Hawaiian Sweet Bread with Kaula Pig sandwiches.

We often will eat these sandwiches in the form of a slider on the small Kings Hawaiian Sweet breads–but that was before we knew that they made larger hamburger buns. I added crunchy purple cabbage to the sandwiches for both crunch and color–and because I don’t like soft on soft sandwiches (just like the Amateur Gourmet!)

I served them with a little bit of BBQ sauce and a side of pineapple. A real Hawaiian treat.

It may not have really taken us back to Hawaii–but it did get Aaron reminiscing about the old Kings Restaurant where they would serve Hawaiian sweet. breads. We all sat around the dinner table listening to the old stories of Hawaii and the not so old stories. We actually got so inspired that we started to look up airplane tickets to visit family.


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Kalua Pig (Crockpot)
  • Pork Butt (about 3 pounds)
  • Salt
  • Liquid Smoke
  1. This is the easiest ever recipe.
  2. Open your crock pot.
  3. Put the meat in.
  4. Take the pork butt and rub in down with salt. About 3 T for the 3 pound chunk of meat.
  5. Splash about 2 T of liquid smoke on the meat.
  6. Close the crock pot and let cook for about 5 hours on high.
  7. With two forks, you should be able to pull the meat apart in shreds.
  8. Add BBQ sauce if you want but it is just as good without.