I’m lucky to have a lot of friends with very good taste in food. I proposed a BBQ for this weekend since I didn’t have plans to go anywhere. I bought some chicken drumsticks at like $1 a pound and a small rack of pork ribs at the local Chinese supermarket, along with some mushrooms and corn. My friends Mee, Chris, and Brian provided half of a frozen seedless watermelon, veggie and steak kebabs made with a friend’s family’s home grown beef (!) and rice.
I’m also lucky that I have guy friends well versed in the art of setting fires and cooking on a grill effectively. I usually just throw the coals on, light them, let them sit for a bit then plop stuff on and it usually turns out fine. Apparently there’s technique to BBQ. Guess I just get lucky most of the time.
This time I marinated each of the meats overnight in a sake mixture. They each had different seasonings. The chicken seasoning was sake, fresh grated ginger, tumeric, garam masala, korean chili powder, and a little curry powder afterward because I didn’t put enough seasoning in to begin with.
The pork was marinated in sake, brown sugar, and rosemary and then basted on the grill with more sake/brown sugar mixture but with hoisin sauce, pepper, and garlic powder added. This made the ribs nice and sticky and sweet and kept them moist.
For dessert, Brian had bought a whole melon a week ago and I told him he should just freeze the unused portion for drinks later. Turns out you should probably remove the rind before you freeze it, but it does make an excellent sorbet. Recipe below! Thanks to Mee for helping come up with the idea. :D
- 1/2 large seedless watermelon, rind removed, and frozen thoroughly
- 4 ripe strawberries
- 4 limes
- 1/4 Grand Marnier or other citrus liqueur
- 1-2 cups water
Place strawberries in blender or food processor. Add cut up chunks of frozen watermelon, juice of 4 limes, citrus liqueur, and water. Blend until sorbet consistency. Serve before it melts! No sugar needed.
In the end, we had so much food that I sent them home with some drumsticks…because apparently most of my friends go out of town for 3 day weekends. Their loss, though, because we had a relaxing time with BBQ in the carport, some beer, and watermelon sorbet. Thanks, Mee, Brian, and Chris, for helping me indulge my BBQ craving!