Growing up, there was a family I knew that had Hawaiian roots. Every so often they would put on full blown Luau parties with entertainment and food. They had groups of boys that would perform Haka (Maori war dance) as well as playing out combat scenes. These events were a staple of my childhood.
When it came to the food, they would have all kinds of different dishes to try in the spirit of keeping with the theme. One dish that always stood out to me was the Hawaiian haystack. It is extremely easy to put one together and the ingredients can be a wide range of options. While my dish is not an actual haystack, the shredded nature of the teriyaki pineapple pork on top of some grain or noodle reminds me of the fond memories of the dish. The sweet flavors mixed with the earthiness of the brown rice (my favorite option) make for a satisfying dish.
This slow cooker meal is quick to throw together. Chop a few veggies, season some meat and put it all together. This is great for any day of the week so that you can have dinner waiting for you when you get home. This is also an easy recipe to prep in a gallon size freezer bag to save for later if you’re doing freezer meal prep.
- Don’t feel like serving this over rice? Try it on a sweet Hawaiian roll for a twist on a pulled pork sandwich.
- Another change up? Try this wrapped in a soft flour tortilla with shredded cabbage!