Aloha awesome friends! Did you know that tomorrow is pasta day? I promise to always give you plenty of excuses to eat awesomely!
In Hawaiian families, if there’s a celebration, there’s gotta be kalua pig. That’s the Hawaiian version of bbq pulled pork. Traditionally, it’s cooked in the ground, but Grandpa Bob only let Grandma Onie dig a giant hole in the backyard for very special occasions. Most of the time, you can make it in your own oven. There are basically two ingredients: pork and salt. Of course, if it’s Hawaiian sea salt, that makes it a million times better.
I still don’t have the recipe for my grandma’s kalua pig. Maybe someday somebody will actually write it down for me. But I swear, hers is the best. And she never ever fails to make way too much. I could eat this stuff slapped on a Hawaiian roll with a bit of barbecue sauce for the rest of my life, but sometimes it’s fun to make leftovers a little more exciting.
Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese is completely insane. The salty pork blends perfectly with the extra gooey cheese sauce. There’s a tiny hint of spicy sweetness from just a little barbecue sauce. And the extra awesome bit is that you’ll have leftovers of your leftovers. I halved the recipe this time, and we still ate this for three days.
It doesn’t have to be kalua pig. If you don’t live on the islands, you can use your favorite Southern bbq recipe. And it doesn’t have to be homemade pulled pork, either. Sometimes you can’t wait around for that special occasion to get your cheesy pig fix.
This dish is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re ready for hard core indulgence and seriously ono grindz, you’ve gotta try kalua pig mac and cheese. Now!
- 8 ounces short pasta
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 3/4 cup milk (I used skim and it was plenty rich)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 ounces shredded swiss cheese
- 1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces kalua pig
- 1/8 cup barbecue sauce
- Boil pasta in plenty of salted water according to package directions.
- In a medium sauce pan, melt butter, then sprinkle the flour over it to create a roux. Whisk butter and flour together into a paste and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
- Slowly whisk in the milk. Try to prevent lumps. Add garlic powder and cayenne. Let it thicken until it just starts to bubble.
- Stir in the cheese and mix until smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir kalua pig and barbecue sauce together in a small bowl.
- After you've drained your pasta, return it to the pot. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Fold in kalua pig mixture. You can add pepper if you like, but taste it before adding any salt. You may not need it since the pig is so salty.
- Go ahead and unbutton your pants before you even get started.