The centerpiece of a luau is the painstakingly slow-cooked pig. If you can’t go to Hawaii or don’t have an imu (underground oven) at your disposal, fake it with slow-braised pork shoulder. The combination here of salty soy and sweet pineapple juice balances the richness of the pork. Topped with spicy, crunchy jicama and pineapple slices and served on a sweet, toasty roll, it’s the perfect tiki party snack. Try pairing it with a tiki cocktail, such as the classic Mai Tai.
What to buy: Hawaiian sweet rolls are soft, yeasty rolls about the size of slider buns. Their slightly sweet flavor complements the rich braised pork, but you can substitute a larger bun of your choice for a more substantial sandwich.
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