"Comfort is key for a barbecue." --Ashley Madekwe
Texas beef brisket, Memphis pulled pork, North Carolina barbecue. There may already be a lot of varieties of barbecue in America, but there are far more kinds of smoked meat beyond the states - and a lot of these have made their way to Americans' hearts... and tummies.
Though not all international barbecues follow the American criteria which involves cooking meat over indirect fire, most barbecues from other countries still have a smokey flavor to them through grilling.
Diana Johnson of Eating Richly has a great recipe for Korean barbcued ribs that owes its sweetness to pear. Ginger, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil and green onions give this dish a distinct Korean flavor.
Korean Short Ribs Recipe from Eating Richly
3-4 lbs Flanken style short ribs (12-15 pieces)
1 medium Asian pear
1/2 white or yellow onion
2 TBS freshly grated ginger
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup citrus soda
1/4 cup sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
3 TBS sesame seeds
1/2 cup chopped green onions
Equally stimulating to the palate is Greek souvlaki that uses a marinade of yogurt, lemo juices and Mediterranean herbs. Alex Vasilakos of Alex Likes To Cook has an easy-to-follow recipe for chicken souvlaki.
Chicken Souvlaki from Alex Likes To Cook
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced and zest
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dill
dash of salt
1 pound of chicken breast, cut into cubes or bite-sized
If souvlaki owes its flavors to herbs, South American carne asada has a lot of spices that makes its taste deep and rich. Kelly of Primally Inspired teaches us how to make carne asada that goes very well with tomatillo avocado salsa.
Carne Asada from Primally Inspired
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil or oil of choice
2 limes, juiced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika
TIP: To make clean up a breeze, use a silicone mat to line your baking sheet when broiling Carne Asada in the oven.
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