The restaurant, called Iron Imu BBQ, is situated on the property of Outrigger Napili Shores, a rental condominium property operated by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.
In this case, an imu does not refer to the flightless bird. A Hawaiian imu is an earthen oven, a pit dug into the ground and lined with hot rocks called “pohaku.” Traditionally, smooth lava rocks are then covered with wet vegetation – often taro leaves – and the food including whole pig, lau laus, and other luau favorites, and placed on top, then covered with more leaves, then buried. The steam from the wet vegetation slow-cooks the food over a period of several hours.
Established in 2009 as a mobile catering service – one of the ubiquitous “food trucks” popular in Hawaii – the restaurant now has a brick-and-mortar location where it serves up slow-smoked brisket, chorizo-stuffed smoked chicken, pulled pork, dry-rub ribs, butter-boiled shrimp and fresh blackened fish. The menu also features a variety of side dishes, including Grandpa Ford’s “mac & chz,” Mimi’s “sweet pepper slaw,” Unkle Kunkle’s “BBQ bacon green beans,” and corn casserole.
While the restaurant will provide a convenient dining option for the guests of the condominium resort, it is open to the public at large.
The restaurant is located in the lobby of Outrigger Napili Shores and is open for dinner seven nights a week from 5 to 9 p.m. It also offers take-out for those who prefer to take their food and retreat back to their condo or perhaps enjoy dinner under the stars, taking in the breathtaking views at the facility’s oceanfront setting.
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