Luau On A Traeger [Grill]: Entrée, Side Dish and Dessert

Looking for a Luau on a budget?  Need to feed an army, but also looking to stretch your dollars?

This recipe features some tasty food that will feed the crowd and won’t break the bank.

Yield: 8 people

Prep time: 15 Minute Prep

Cook time: Pork – 45-55 Minutes

Cook time: Beans – 45-55  Minutes

Cook time: Pineapple Cakes – 15-18 Minutes

Print Recipe for  Traeger – Luau For A Crowd


Measure   Ingredient                                                                     Prep Notes      


4 can              Great Northern Beans                                           Drained, not rinsed             

1 cup              Ham Steak, Cooked                                                 Diced small              

1 cup              Pineapple, Crushed, Canned                                Not drained

1 cup              Pineapple, Tidbits, Canned                                   Not drained

½ cup             Sugar, Brown, Dark

½ cup             Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary

1 cup              Ketchup

2 tbsp             Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary


3ea                 Pork Tenderloins, Cleaned

½ cup             Sweet Soy Sauce

½ cup             Pineapple juice

½ cup             Vinegar, Cider

½ cup             Sugar, Brown, Dark

2 tsp                Ginger, Fresh, minced

2 tsp                Garlic, Fresh. Minced

2 tbsp             Tiki Tiki Rub, 5280 Culinary


1 box              Pineapple Supreme Cake Mix

1 cup              Water

3 ea                Eggs, Fresh, Large

½ cup             Oil, Vegetable

½ cup             Pineapple Tidbits, canned, drained

8 ea                Maraschino Cherries, Whole, Pitted, Stem removed


  • Wash all tools prior to use
  • Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
  • Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, or any cooking tools

Night Before Prep

  • Trim pork tenderloin and remove all silver skin/fat/trimmings
  • Mix remaining shoyu ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl
  • Add pork tenderloin and let marinade for 6-8 hours OR OVERNIGHT
  • Clean out Traeger as needed and change drip tray liner (if applicable)
  • Fill pellet hopper with Reserve Blend Pellets
  • Set Traeger to 350˚ F, hit enter and hit ignite

While Traeger is heating up:

  • Prepare Luau Beans ingredients, place into dutch oven and mix well, hold for cooking
  • Remove pork tenderloin from marinade, drain well.  Discard all marinade
  • Follow package instructions for cake mix and make the pineapple supreme cake mix
  • Spray large muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray, spray well
  • Add 1 tbsp chopped pineapple chunks and 1 whole maraschino cherry to the bottom of the muffin tin
  • Divide the cake mix between the 12 muffin cups
  • Once Traeger has reached cooking temp of 350˚ F add the pork tenderloin on the bottom grate and the beans on the bottom grate, away from the pork
  • Cook the pork tenderloin and beans (uncovered) for 35-45 Minutes
  • Add the muffin tins and cook for 15-20 minutes or until done
  • Using Tongs, remove the pork tenderloin to a cooling rack
  • Using heat proof gloves, remove the beans and place on a hot pad
  • Using heat proof gloves remove the pineapple cakes, let rest for 1 minute and tip upside down to unmold.  Unmold onto a cooling rack
  • Slice the pork tenderloin and serve with the beans

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