BBQ Pork And The Lost Art Of Throwing Whatever Is Handy In The Marinade
It's summer and I'm indulging in a spot of outdoors cooking and BBQ pork is my new bae.
There are a million and one recipes for BBQ pork if you google it. Every one seems to have their own version. I won’t claim that it’s the best, or the ultimate grilled meat, or even that it’s in the top 5 recipes. Oh no, I’m way too afraid of Caitriona Redmond for that.
What this BBQ pork recipe happens to be is simply a very happy accident. I opened the press, picked out the ingredients I thought might work together, got to work and hoped for the best.
For this grilled meat fest I used porl steak which is lean by nature. I thought it might end up a bit dry but it kept its moisture really well. As I was working the marinade into my chunk of love, I was worried about the overall smell of vinegar from the marinade, thinking it might turn the meat sour, but instead it simply served as a tenderising agent.
I prepared the steak about an hour before grilling it and it was plenty of time for the marinade to work its magic. This really is a quite handy little dish. This was enough BBQ pork for 4 hungry hippos, sorry I meant adults.
- 1 pork steak
- 1 heaped tablespoon of white miso paste
- 2 tablespoons of good cider vinegar (I used the gorgeous one I got during my visit to Highbank Orchard)
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Take a sharp knife and insert it in the pork steak in several spot. Try and not to pierce through. Turn the steak and repeat.
- Slice your garlic finely and stick a slice of garlic in each hole you have made.
- In a bowl, mix all your ingredients (apart from the garlic which you’ve just used and the fresh thyme).
- The marinade is a thick liquid.
- Coat your meat with it and massage it so everywhere gets covered.
- Remove the leaves of the thyme from the sprigs and sprinkle them on the meat.
- Cover the meat and let it rest at room temperature for an hour.
- Light up your barbecue and once your flames are gone and the ambers are glowing that white ash put your meat on.
- Given that there are no two barbecues alike and that food safety is incredibly important when it comes to raw meat, I will recomment that you ensure the meat is cooked through. This took a good 20 min for min on a searing hot charcoal grill. Turn it often so it doesn’t burn.
If you need more inspiration for barbecue food, here’s a grilled chicken I’ve been making.