Saturday, March 7, 2009

pork barbeque

this time, i'm craving for barbeque... pork barbeque. i even asked kim one night to go out and buy me pork barbeque... hahaha... (jokes :O) but he knew i was joking since you won't find any restaurant with barbequed pork here in uae.

the next day, we went to the meat shop and i bought pork belly and asked them to bacon-sliced it for me and they did. as always, i prepare salad on the side (pine-orange-lettuce salad) to compliment the meat.

i'm satisfied... it was a nice saturday lunch for me... for us...

i don't have exact measurements for this. i just put the ingredients for the marinade and tasted it. just try adjusting the marinade to your taste.

1/4 kl. pork belly, bacon-sliced
bamboo skewers, dipped in water

for the marinade:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar¹
1 lemon juice
4 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. olive oil (optional)²
salt and pepper

combine all ingredients for the marinade. taste and adjust according to your preference.

pour over the bacon-cut pork belly and marinate for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight (the longer you marinate the meat, the more it absorbs the sauce and it becomes tastier).

prepare your grill.

put one marinated bacon-cut pork belly into the skewer and stretch to its length. repeat until all the meat are on the skewers. line the skewered meat place in a large shallow plate or container and pour over the marinade.

grill the meat over low fire, preventing the meat from burning. it will cook fast since the meat is bacon-cut and marinated overnight. (we don't want charred barbeque since it is carcinogenic). so, therefore, keep your watch on the grill. if you have grill pans, you can always grill the barbeque over the stove. you can also use the marinade in brushing the meat once in a while to prevent it from drying.

serve with your favorite sauce, steam rice and some veggie salad on the side.

for the veggie salad:

5 lettuce leaves, chopped
2 slices pineapple, chopped
2 orange, peeled and chopped
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 thumb-size ginger, diced
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. vinegar¹
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
salt and pepper

in a small tumbler or container combine ginger, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and sugar. season with salt and pepper. shake well until fully incorporated. taste and adjust according to preference.

in a bowl, toss together lettuce, pineapple, orange, tomato and onion. pour the liquid ingredients over the tossed veggie and fruits. mix well.

serve with the barbeque or chill before serving.

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¹ i used apple cider vinegar. for me the taste is milder and a bit sweeter.

² this is optional. i just added oil to make the cooked barbeque will not be too dry. you can use any other cooking oil for this.