Tackle a winning taste with Korean pork skewers
9/19/2014, 2:12 p.m.
(FAMILY FEATURES) It's not just a Spanish, tapas-style thing anymore. At all different types of bars and restaurants across the United States, you'll find menus that continue to explore ways to feature favorite foods - like pork - in more bite-sized, snack-able ways. Beyond the walls of those eateries, street vendors, food booths and food trucks also are featuring portable, easy-to-eat dishes like kabobs and sliders.
One of the great things about street food is that it's typically an easy way to sample a variety of dishes and global flavors without having to travel far or sit down to a formal meal--which is what makes these on-the-go options the perfect choice for your next tailgate, especially if juicy, tender pork is on your menu.
Spicy Korean Pork Skewers deliver snack-sized game-winning flavor without a lot of preparation time, and without messy plates and silverware, the clean up is something to cheer about, too. Marinated in an Asian sauce that gets a bold kick from chili garlic, soy and fresh ginger, bite-sized cubes of pork ribs are skewered and then grilled for an unbeatable addition to your game-day spread.
If you want to keep your menu authentic, serve these Korean pork skewers with white rice. Combine them with other small-plate pork dishes to offer your guests a variety of great-tasting choices.
Spicy Korean Pork Skewers
2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup chili garlic sauce*
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 inches fresh ginger root, skins removed and chopped
(or substitute 2 teaspoons ground ginger)
4 tablespoons filtered sake or dry sherry (optional)
2 tablespoons sesame oil*
3 tablespoons brown sugar
In large bowl combine chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, ginger, sake, sesame oil and brown sugar and whisk to form a marinade. Add pork to marinade and let sit for 20 minutes.
Heat indoor grill pan or outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
Thread marinated pork on skewers, about four to five pieces per skewer. Transfer skewers to grill and cook uncovered, turning to brown evenly every two to three minutes until tender, about 10 minutes total. Serve immediately.
*You can find chili garlic sauce and sesame oil in the ethnic or Asian section of most major supermarkets.
Quick Tip: Make sure to leave plenty of room on the grill between each skewer to avoid overcrowding the meat and to ensure even cooking.
Source: National Pork Board