What are your favorite smells of summer? Blooming flowers, suntan lotion, damp earth after a summer thunderstorm, campfires....does sunshine have a smell? One of our favorites are the smells of backyard grilling. And whenever someone in the neighborhood is cooking something on the grill, everyone plays a guessing game as what they're making! Whether its hot dogs over a campfire, burgers on the grill, or ribs on a smoker, it's all good!
But one of our favorites this year is Korean Barbeque Steak Kabobs! The smells wafting thru our backyard and into the house were WONDERFUL! And even the neighbors were coming over to ask "What the heck is that fabulous smell coming from your grill - and what time should we be there for dinner?" Korean Barbeque....it will change your life!
I start with a wonderful savory and sweet Korean barbeque sauce that serves as the base for a Korean Barbeque Marinade and Korean Barbeque Glaze. You'd expect the ginger, onion, soy sauce and brown sugar, but my secret ingredient is a splash of Sweet Asian Chili Sauce and grated ripe fresh pears. Doesn't matter what variety of pear you use, as long as they are totally ripe and sweet. THIS SAUCE IS AMAZING!
The beauty of this delectable Korean spiced sauce is that you can use it on beef, pork or chicken. Marinade for several hours, throw it on the grill - either kabobs or whole steaks or chicken breasts, it's all good! I slather on some of the glaze during the last few minutes on the grill so that it caramelizes into perfection. Drizzle or brush with additional glaze just before serving, and a fabulous Korean dinner is calling your name!
It's also the perfect compliment to sweet red onions, and sweet summer peppers - I like to use a rainbow of red, yellow and orange sweet peppers. Green peppers have a stronger flavor, but feel free to use those if you'd like.
This is a great dinner to start the night before you have a special dinner to prepare for. You can cut all of the vegetables up in advance and have them ready to thread on skewers with the marinated meat the next night, and grilling only takes a few minutes. And these taste as wonderful as they smell! You might want to plan on making extras, just in case the neighbors make an appearance!