Imu – Hawaiian Underground Oven

I made some kalua pig this weekend in my smoker; the recipe will be posted soon. In the mean time here is an excellent article that I found that takes you through the process of making your own Hawaiian-style underground oven also known as an imu. Not only does this article show you how to build an imu, it shows you how to cook with one. Enjoy.

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Also, see the Kalua pig recipe.

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6 thoughts on “Imu – Hawaiian Underground Oven”

  1. That article is good, but it is only good for small amounts of kalua pig. If you want to have enough kalua pig for a luau, you need to do a whole pig with dozens of banana stumps with more than your wife helping you. It is a long and hard process, but it is very rewarding at the end. You see all your hard work in a form of 170 plus lbs of kalua pig (depending on the size of pig). You also can form bonds with your family and friends that are helping. Doing a full on Imu is like a rite of passage for my family. i can’t count how many times we have done an imu for our halau and every time is a blessing.

    Since I was a small kane, I have cooked pig with my dad and grandfather and all my uncles. Now I have little nephews that we teach how to do the imu. It makes me think of my learning experiences with my older family members. This process has been passed down for generations. This is more than just cooking a pig, it is a route closer to our full and rich Hawaiian culture. We need to keep it alive or it will fall with our language(which is now being taught in elementary schools in Hawaii).

    Thanks for reading. Sorry so long winded.

  2. Hello, I’ve just now stumbled upon this website while hunting on Google as I am searching for some info on wall ovens!. It’s a good blog so I’ve bookmarked you and I intend to come back tomorrow to give it a more indepth read when I’ll more free time.

  3. hi i would like to see if i could get the recipe for gordy’s pumpkin stuffed with corned beef.i would like to try this soon.thanks david wood

  4. Every 4th of July I have an Imu. After getting pourous rocks red hot, on a thin bed of shreded Banana Stalks, I cook Turkeys, Porkbutts, Chickens stuffed with Lopchong, Onion and Oyster Sauce. Lots of Sweet Patatoes, Cooking Bananas and Pumpkins that are stuffed with Corned Beef, Onions and Coconut Milk. Cover with Banana Leaves and Wet Burlap Bags. Cover with Tarp, bury with dirt, wait seven hours, how easy,gordy from Kaiwiki, Hilo,Hi

  5. Every 4th of July I have an Imu. After getting pourous rocks red hot, on a thin bed of shreded Banana Stalks, I cook Turkeys, Porkbutts, Chickens stuffed with Lopchong, Onion and Oyster Sauce. Lots of Sweet Patatoes, Cooking Bananas and Pumpkins that are stuffed with Corned Beef, Onions and Coconut Milk. Cover with Banana Leaves and Wet Burlap Bags. Cover with Tarp, bury with dirt, wait seven hours, how easy,gordy from Kaiwiki, Hilo,Hi

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