Going Hawaiian Style: Smoked Pork Ribs and Toasted Coconut Lime Rice Pilaf….


For years now I have wanted to host a Hawaiian Luau Party and this year I’m doing it 🙂 and I’m so excited!

Now that I’ve got myself into this I’ve got to come up with the some Hawaiian Style foods. I will admit that I’m notorious for making something new for dinner guests, but this time I’m planning ahead and testing (and re-testing) everything. I’ve been working on these recipes for the past month now trying to narrow it down and get the menu just right and I think I’m finally there.  So for the next week I’ll be sharing my “Mainlander” take on Hawaiian foods and cocktails to serve for a Hawaiian Luau Party.  I will admit that I love traditional Hawaiian luau foods like lomi lomi salmon and Hawaiian Poke (the most delicious of raw ahi tuna dishes) but since most of my guests don’t really care for seafood I’m skipping out on these dishes. Instead I will be sharing my recipes for things like Smoked Kalua Pork, Hawaiian Style Smoked Ribs, Huli-Huli Grilled Chicken skewers, Hawaiian Style Macaroni Salad, Toasted Coconut Lime Rice Pilaf, Tropical Carrot Slaw, Hawaiian BBQ Baked Beans, Tomatoes With “Hot Lava Salt” and something special for dessert… I’ll keep that as a surprise for now.

The first of my Hawaiian Luau recipes I wanted to share with you is these Hawaiian Style Smoked Pork Ribs and Toasted Coconut Lime Rice Pilaf.



Hawaiian Style Smoked Pork Ribs


2 Racks of Pork Ribs

Huli Huli Sauce*


The Dry Rub:

2 Teaspoons Sea Salt (to taste)

2 Teaspoons Black Pepper

2 Teaspoons Chinese Five Spice

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1½ Tablespoons Brown Sugar

½ Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

The Sauce:

1 Cup Hawaiian BBQ Sauce *

¼ Cup Pineapple Juice


Whisk together all the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.

Remove the silver skin from the back of the pork ribs. Then moisten the ribs with the Huli Huli Sauce, about 1½ Tablespoons per side. Then liberally season the ribs with the dry rub. Wrap the ribs in plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

Remove the ribs from the refrigerator 1 hour before putting them on the smoker and allow them to come up to room temperature. Prep your smoker according to you manufactures directions (as all smokers vary). Remove the plastic wrap and smoke the ribs between 225-250 for 4-5 hours until they are just about to fall off the bone. Then remove the ribs and baste in 1 cup of Hawaiian BBQ sauce mixed with ¼ Cup Pineapple Juice.


Wrap the ribs tightly in foil and put back on the smoker for 1 more hour.  Then remove from the smoker and allow the meat to rest for at least 20 minutes.

** I get my Hawaiian ingredients (the Huli Huli Sauce, Hawaiian Sea Salt, and Hawaiian BBQ Sauce from World Market )


Now for the Toasted Coconut Lime Rice Pilaf

This Toasted Coconut Lime Rice Pilaf is hits all those flavor notes that I love…  Salty, sweet, tangy, crunchy and although it’s not traditional Hawaiian Steamed Rice it make me think of Hawaii.


When I made this rice last I was out of the orzo pasta and slivered almonds so I substituted broken spaghetti and chopped marcona almonds. That’s what I love about a pilaf…. you just use what you got 🙂

P.S. This Toasted Coconut Lime Rice makes an amazing “left-over”  fried rice the next day 🙂

Toasted Coconut Lime Rice Pilaf


2 Cups Jasmine Rice

¼ Cup Orzo Pasta

1¾ Cup Coconut Water

1¾ Cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock

3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Butter

The Juice and Zest From 1 Large Lime

1 Clove Garlic, Grated

1½ Cups Shredded Coconut (Sweetened)

¾ Cup Slivered Almonds

4 Green Onions, Chopped

1 Handful Cilantro, Chopped


Pre-heat the oven to 350

In a medium-sized saucepan bring the Coconut Water, Stock, and Soy Sauce to a boil. Once the liquid is almost to a boil, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low. Then toast the rice and orzo pasta until opaque and it smells nutty, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Carefully pour the boiling liquid into the toasted rice and stir in the lime juice, and garlic. Cover and simmer for 17-20 minutes.

Meanwhile add the slivered almonds and toasted coconut to a dry sheet pan in a single layer. Toast in the oven until golden brown, for 15-20 minutes, checking every so often and tossing for even browning.

Once the rice is cooked, fluff with a fork and allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes. Then toss in the chopped green onion, cilantro, lime zest, and the toasted coconut and slivered almonds.

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My name is Melody and I am the cook and blogger behind Meals With Mel. I have a love for traveling, I share a joy for gardening, and I have a passion for cooking. Although I do some baking, I don't consider myself a baker as I can't stand having to measure. When it comes to cooking my philosophy is add a bit of this, a dash of that, a splash of something doesn't hurt, never forget some type of pepper and always add at least one clove of garlic. Thanks for stopping by my Spicy Texas Kitchen and I hope to see you again!!! Melody

14 thoughts on “Going Hawaiian Style: Smoked Pork Ribs and Toasted Coconut Lime Rice Pilaf….

    1. Thanks Tonya 🙂
      Yeah I’m not only testing the recipes early but taking the pictures early too. That way I’m not the “crazy” lady at the party going ” Wait don’t eat that yet I still need a picture!”
      That way I can get some other pic’s of the party.


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