Outrigger unveils new restaurant on Maui

With our vacation to Maui just a few weeks away, I was happy to learn of a new restaurant near Napili Bay offering southern-style barbeque and other smoked delights.

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.

“Located on the south side of picture-perfect Napili Bay, the restaurant offers southern-style barbeque and specializes in smoked meats and good ‘ole country sides, all served with southern hospitality with a tropical twist at the 80 to 100-seat self-service, family-friendly establishment,” Outrigger said in a news release announcing the restaurant’s debut.

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.

Pork Plate
Like food cooked in a traditional imu, the Iron Imu slow-cooks its offerings as well.

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.

“We’re confident that Iron Imu BBQ will soon be a local favorite for Maui residents,” Bob Graybosch, general manager of Outrigger Napili Shores, said.

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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